The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held its new annual conference and expo, Elevate, which saw attendance of 1,800 professionals from 47 states and 147 exhibitors at the Elevate Expo. The event also raised $50,000 for the NALP-PAC and nearly $200,000 for NALP’s Foundation.
“Our first ever Elevate event received rave reviews from attendees and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “We are honored to be able to bring the nation’s top industry leaders together for such a high-caliber education and networking event that helps companies find solutions to their biggest challenges.”
NALP also presented its annual leadership and landscape project awards at Elevate.
Kevin Kehoe, founder of Aspire and The Kehoe Family Foundation, was honored with the Lifetime Leadership Award for his years of service to the industry as a consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Pam Dooley, owner of Plants Creative Landscapes, was honored with the Women Leader of the Year Award for her dedication to the industry, most recently, serving on the executive committee of the NALP Board of Directors, as well as her commitment to supporting women in the industry.
Nick Brummel, CEO of Brummel Lawn & Landscape, was honored with the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work building his company from the ground up and for his leadership in various industry groups, including chairing NALP’s Government Affairs Council.
Joe Munie, president of Munie Greencare Professionals, was honored with the Advocate of the Year for his dedication to lobbying for the industry at the state and national levels.
This year, 182 projects received an Award of Excellence from NALP. The awards honor outstanding landscape management, landscape contacting, design-build, lawn care, and interiorscape projects. View a list of winners.
In addition, each year, one or more outstanding projects receive a prestigious Judges’ Award. This year, The LaurelRock Company received a Judges’ Award for its “Chateau Louise,” project located in Greenwich, Connecticut. And Ruppert Landscape received a Judges’ Award for its “Norfolk Southern Headquarters,” project located in Atlanta, Ga.
Next year Elevate will be held in Dallas, Texas, September 10-13 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center.