Sep 1987 - Jun 1990


University of Massachusetts
Masters Degree Landscape Architecture
Sep 1982 - Jun 1985


Cook College, Rutgers University

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Present

Editor - Speaker - Consultant

Editor for "members only" website, exclusively for the professional landscape design/build contractor.  features unique content, discussion forums, trade secrets, podcasts and webinars that provide an insiders look into the industry.

May 2006 - Present

Landscape Designer and Project Manager

Jody Shilan Designs

Design, estimate and project manage landscape installation projects for design/build contractors, facility managers and homeowners.

Jul 2011 - Present

Radio Show Host

Landscape Live!

Creator and host of internet radio show created for landscape designers and design/build contractors. Each week I interview a green industry professional about their areas of expertise and broadcast it to the world.  We discuss everything from estimating, to social media, to growing your business.  We even discuss plant material every now and then.  

Landscape Live! allows my guests to deliver great content to an audience that may never have the opportunity to join an association or attend trade shows but still desire to keep learning from top industry professionals. The show is supported through advertising and sponsorships allowing us to broadcast for free to our listeners.

Aug 2012 - Present

Executive Director

New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

I am responsible for directing a 550 member landscape contracting association in New Jersey. This includes engaging and growing the membership; expanding existing educational opportunities and developing new ones; growing and adding to our member benefits program; and overseeing the financial stability and growth of the organization.  

Jul 2009 - Present

Featured Columnist

Landscape Management Magazine

Columnist for the largest green industry magazine in the country.  “Profiting for Design” is a Q and A column that provides readers with ideas and insights to situations that they face everyday as designers and contractors.  The questions  primarily focus on how to use a landscape plans to grow your business. More than just a pretty picture, landscape plans are the core of a design/build company and can be used for selling, estimating, planning, phasing, installing and job costing.  A landscape plan is a necessary tool to ensure the success of the project and the profitability of your company.

Jan 2000 - May 2009

Adjunct Professor

Bergen Community College

Responsible for creating a brand new 2 Year AAS degree in Landscape Design/Build which began Fall 09'.  The students develop the design and construction skills required for the profession through classroom and hands on experience. Teach landscape design and graphics class that focuses on creating drawings that sell.

2002 - 2006

Landscape Design/Sales

Borst Landscape and Design

Design, sell and oversee large scale, award winning, residential and commercial design-build projects for full service landscape maintenance and construction company. Grew design/build department by attracting new high end clients, high profile projects and expanding into new markets.  Developed systematic and standardized construction details and processes. Sold $1.5 million annually and assisted in growing company over 300% in just four years.

Sep 1999 - Dec 2001

Landscape Design/Sales

Jacobsen Landscape and Design

Design, estimate, sell and supervise residential and commercial landscape design-build projects. Examine alternatives, create phasing schemes with comparative cost data and execute contractual agreements. Secure necessary zoning permits and variances. Assist in streamlining existing systems through the use of technology and education. Created "Standard Operating Procedures Manual" for design-build department.

Apr 1994 - Sep 1999

Owner / Operator

Landworks Inc.

Design, estimate, sell and install all aspects of residential landscape design / build projects.  Including: decks, patios, retaining walls, plantings, grading and drainage, fences and lighting. Create sales and marketing opportunities through consultations, lectures, graphic displays and community pro-bono work.

Sep 1990 - Apr 1994

Landscape Design / Sales

Doerler Landscapes

Design, estimate, sell and supervise residential landscape installations for regional design- build firm. Coordinate subcontractors and schedule job material deliveries. Maintain client relationship from concept to completion.

Jun 1986 - Aug 1987

Landscape Architect Apprentice

Roy Dunn and Associates

Assisted senior landscape architect in all capacities from creating master plans, construction details presentation drawings to developing building and bid specifications for construction contractors.  

Award Winning Projects

Honors and Awards

PLANET Trailblazer

Landscape Ontario Preferred Consultant

National Green Centre “Green Industry Rock Star"

1st Place Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) award for his column “Profiting From Design” in Landscape Management Magazine

1st Place Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) award for his internet radio show, “Landscape Live!"

Recipient of Eagle Scout Mentoring Award

Board Member