february 2018

Mike Ransom, ALCC president

I have always loved this time of year. People outside of our industry ask me how I can be so busy in January and February. For those of us that provide snow services, we can finally celebrate having some measurable snow to push and for all of us, the start of some much-needed moisture. This is a time for us to focus on our companies and understand what went well last year and what we can do better this year. Annual budgets are complete or nearing completion, we are training and making the most of our supplier’s classes, all the while trying to stay on top of the H2-B application process and recruiting/staffing needs.

One of my goals as president is to ensure ALCC’s membership understands all that ALCC provides. I would also like to see our membership grow, as I believe ALCC brings added value and professionalism to our industry. From Landscape Industry Certification to ALCC’s Landscape Career Pathways project—which works with high schools and trade schools to promote career opportunities early on as well attract individuals from other industries—we are working hard to fill the staffing gap and spread professionalism. ProGreen EXPO—the strongest green industry conference in the West—is coming up on February 13. You have opportunities for earning CEUs, education, a diverse tradeshow floor and learning with each other as we run into each other in the hallways. Additionally, ALCC’s lobbyists are working on snow legislation to reduce liability, similar to legislation that was passed in Illinois.

Please take the time encourage a company you know of that is not an ALCC member to join. We will raise the bar as professionals and be stronger together.

Best wishes for 2018 and I hope to see you at ProGreen!

Mike Ransom, Lifescape Colorado
ALCC President

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