The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association announced that Jody Shilan, BSLA, MLA has been elected to a two-year term as President of the NJLCA.

Jody Shilan elected president of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association

 The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association ( announced that Jody Shilan, BSLA, MLA has been elected to a two year term as President of the NJLCA.  With more than 30 years in the “Green Industry” working as an award-winning designer, landscape contractor, educator and consultant, he brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to our association. We look forward to his enthusiasm, creativity and leadership as we enter this new decade.

Previously a director, Shilan has shown his dedication to the NJLCA through his involvement in the Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) exam, as Chair of the Education sub-committee and his personal financial support to the NJLCA Scholarship Program.  He is also a board member of PLANET’s membership subcommittee, a former board member of the APLD-NJ and currently sits on the advisory board of Bergen Community College where he has taught for 10 years.  He is both a writer and editor for the NJLCA’s exclusive magazine, “The New Jersey Landscape Contractor” as well as the principle and editor of ( , a members only website, exclusively for the landscape design/build contractor.  His design/build work and industry business articles have been featured in over a dozen national trade publications.

With a Bachelors of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) form Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of Massachusetts, Shilan maintains a strong commitment towards both education and community service.  His landscape contracting company, Jody Shilan Designs, LLC ( has volunteered hundreds of man hours helping to design and build “outdoor classrooms” for several local schools.  This summer he was honored with an Eagle Scout Mentor Pin for his work with the Boy Scouts of America for the design and construction of a new entranceway for Lincoln School in Wyckoff, NJ.

“I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity to give back to our industry and help the NJLCA develop new strategies, initiatives and partnerships as we continually strive to be New Jersey’s premier landscape trade association – dedicated to providing our members with the best education, training, networking and business opportunities available in the state”.

He can be reached at or 201-783-2844.