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Sep 1987Jun 1990


University of Massachusetts
Masters Degree Landscape Architecture
Sep 1982Jun 1985


Cook College, Rutgers University

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture

Work experience

May 2009Present

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 2006Present

Landscape Designer and Project Manager

Jody Shilan Designs

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

Aug 2012Present

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 2011Present

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.

Jul 2009Present

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 2000May 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.


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 1999Dec 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 1994Sep 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 1990Apr 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 1986Aug 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.  

Design / Build

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

Featured Magazines


Brian Brisby

Brian Brisby Landscape Design and Development

"Jody and I have cultivated a valuable working relationship over the past three years. His enthusiasm, commitment and concepts enable me to sell the caliber of work that I desire. The experience and knowledge that he shares are invaluable. It is a pleasure working with him and I know that my clients share many of the same sentiments. The growth of my business is a direct correlation to my relationship with Jody Shilan and I am confident that this trend will continue."


Fran Ruff

Assistant Professor Horticulture Department, Bergen Community College 

"Jody has been teaching a course at the college in Landscape Graphics for 8 years. His enthusiasm and his expertise in the subject matter generate a classroom full of students who are fully engaged in the learning process. His class is always a popular one among our students. Jody has an obvious passion for the creative work he does in the field of landscape design. He strives to inspire our students to become involved in all aspects of the green industry." 


Dante Implicito MD

President at NJ Spinal Medicine and Surgery

"Jody is nothing short of a visionary landscape architect. My wife and I have engaged him several times, excitedly watching his truly unique abilities transform our property into an oasis of peaceful, elegant grounds. Further, he has always been on-time and on-budget....two more exceptional qualities in his field! I never hesitate to recommend friends and colleagues to Jody's firm."


Phil Dauber

Managing Director at JP Morgan

"Jody did an outstanding job helping us design and implement a complete overhaul of our backyard; unlike many we had spoken with, he listened to what we wanted, and worked his plans accordingly. During the construction phase, he was constantly @ the site checking on progress and tweaking as necessary, Would highly recommend."


Jody Shilan is a "Green Industry" veteran who can teach any landscape contractor how to sell design/build work in any economy - guaranteed!He is a former design/build contractor and award winning landscape designer, who has developed unique sales systems, standard operating procedures and installation techniques for every aspect of the landscape design/build process. Systems that can easily be taught to any employee or company, willing to challenge themselves to "do it right".

These processes are based on actual hands-on experience working for myself as well as some of the most successful design/build companies in the region. You will not find anyone who has a better overall understanding of the systems necessary for the success of a landscape design/build company from the perspective of business owner, designer, sales person, project manager, foreman and laborer.

He writes for several magazines and newspapers and has three feature columns, “Profiting From Design” in Landscape Management magazine, “Trade Secrets” in the New York Landscape Contractor and “NJLCA Today” in the Gardener News.  

In addition to this, his articles and projects have been featured in Lawn and Landscape, The NJ Landscape Contractor, Irrigation and the Green Industry, Total Landscape Care, Landscape and Irrigation, Residential Design+Build, PLANET News, PLANET Advantage and Hardscape Magazine. 

He has provided seminars, webinars and workshops for the NJLCA, NJNLA, APLD, PLANET, ONLA, LO Congress, DynaSCAPE, MAHTS, Hort. East and CAN West.

Board Member