Editorial Advisory Board: November 2016

November 10, 2016 -  By

What one thing can landscape companies do now to prepare for a business disaster?

Advisory Board

Landscape Professionals

Richard Bare
Arbor-Nomics Turf
Norcross, Ga.

“The CEO should make sure that all safety components are working at all times. Fire extinguishers, exit signs, fire doors, fire escapes, good tires on all vehicles, brakes checked, mirrors, lights, good ventilation to prevent an explosive atmosphere in the shop, good locks for robbery, anti-hacking programs, backup programs checked, video cameras on the properties, flood insurance where applicable. Every conceivable scenario should be thought through with your insurance agent and all solutions implemented.”

Adam Linnemann
Linnemann Lawn Care & Landscaping
Columbia, Ill.
“Make sure you are properly insured and also have a good relationship with your local rental company and equipment dealer.”

Jerry McKay
McKay Landscape Lighting
Omaha, Neb.
“Actually test your computer backup system to see if it’s doing what it’s supposed to be doing! Have an annual meeting with your insurance agent to make sure the necessary insurance is in place for a catastrophe. Make sure your line of credit is in place to handle emergency cash needed to rebuild quickly.”

Industry Consultants

Kevin Kehoe
3PG Consulting
Laguna, Calif.
“Prepare for the death or sickness of the owner. Have a plan to execute. I have seen the emotional mess that ruins companies. We at Aspire implanted plan B when I got cancer. I intend to live, but the company must function without me. And when I do beat this terrible disease and I come back, we will be greater.”

Phil Harwood
Pro-Motion Consulting
Farmington, Mich.
“Back up all computer systems!”

Frank Ross
3PG Consulting
Alpharetta, Ga.
“Watch being too over-leveraged, and make sure insurance coverages are adequate.”

Jeffrey Scott
Jeffrey Scott Inc!
Trumbull, Conn.
“The owner writes a contingency plan now: What to do in the case of his early demise.”

Jody Shilan
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
“Review and update your insurance policy every year.”

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