Editorial Advisory Board: April 2017

April 10, 2017 -  By

Advisory Board

“The landscape laborer shortage is…”

Landscape Professionals

Richard Bare
Arbor-Nomics Turf
Norcross, Ga.
“…is an opportunity for innovative, ingenious businessmen to recruit and hire the necessary people to get the job done until self-driving mowers and robots take over our industry (which I predict will be only five to 10 years down the road).”

Chris Joyce
Joyce Landscaping
Cape Cod, Mass.
“…is never going away, the only way to win in this area is to passionately prioritized recruitment and retention as an everyday function of running and growing a successful landscaping business.”

Jerry McKay
McKay Landscape Lighting
Omaha, Neb.
“…by far the most critical issue in the green industry. Marketing to find workers will become as important and marketing to find customers.”

Industry Consultants

Kevin Kehoe
3PG Consulting
Laguna, Calif.
“…very manageable with the right relationship between industry and government, as the roots of the shortage are more political than economic.”

Phil Harwood
Pro-Motion Consulting
Grand Rapids, Mich.
“…not an issue for a select group of high-performing companies.”

Frank Ross
3PG Consulting
Alpharetta, Ga.
“…a game changer, if allowed to continue.”

Jeffrey Scott
Jeffrey Scott Inc!
Trumbull, Conn.
“…an opportunity to outcompete if you become a Destination Company.”

Jody Shilan
FromDesign2Build.com
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
“…very real and only getting worse.”

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  1. William says:

    “Is a shortage If viewed to be that, I’d rather think of it as an opportunity to hire entrepreneurs who can help bridge the gaps of employment with creative solutions.”
    Contractors are scared to hire aggressive or entrepreneurial spirited people for fear of them stealing business. Why not hire train and empower them to go forth with a skill set that sets higher expectations for higher industry standards?
    You really can’t grow the business without skilled labour or skilled ownership.