With the awards reception last week, ALCC did more than recognize the best in our industry. We marked a transition, thanking those who are ending their service and welcoming those who continue the tradition of being better by nature.
The evening was bittersweet as we said goodbye to Bill Cary, who is retiring after decades of commitment to landscape; to Kristen Fefes, as she leaves ALCC for a new adventure with her family; and to the late Dave Nelson, who was more than just a great supplier--he was a great friend and mentor to many Colorado landscape professionals.
We celebrated some of the best work in the Colorado landscape industry with The ELITE Awards. We acknowledged the recipients of the ALCC, JBK, and Todd Williams Memorial scholarships, who are sure to lead the next generation of landscape professionals. We also commended the Outlook Emerging Leader, Matt Hiner, for his service to his colleagues and peers.
And we welcomed John McMahon, ALCC’s Incoming Executive Director, who saw firsthand the passion and commitment of our members that evening. He’ll lead us, with the support of our award recipients, into the next phase of our organization.
Many of us are busier than we’ve ever been, and business is good. With the Landscape Career Pathways program, ALCC is working to bring more young people into our industry to help us keep pace with the growth opportunities before us.
This month’s Day of Service will support the Pathways program, as members complete projects at participating schools. I encourage you to get involved, either by donating your time on April 21 or donating materials to these projects that will help teach the future of our workforce.
I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for our industry, and I look forward to working with you to take advantage of those opportunities.
Will Pereira, BrightView