CEO & Creative Director, The Garden Continuum, Inc.
Allen, Founder & Creative Director of The Garden Continuum in Medfield, MA, is a master creator, interactive employer, published author, and fierce industry advocate. In over three decades, she has witnessed the landscape trade become extremely popular and commoditized, which has inadvertently eroded the sustainability of our landscapes while undermining our ability to feel satisfaction from them. As the founder of the Life-Scape Method, a lifelong gardener, business developer, and educator, Allen has dedicated her career to reversing that legacy by creative alternative approaches and sharing actionable information to spread a positive message about how we can improve our land, our lives, and our professional satisfaction through Life-Scaping and compassionate business building. In addition to running her own seven-figure business and publishing her first book, Stop Landscaping, Start Life-Scaping, Allen is an active business coach, specializing in artisan branding, team building, curating a positive company culture, and succeeding as a woman in a male-dominated industry.
Owner, Integrity Landscape Management
Bodnar started his career in the landscape industry in 1997 in Cleveland OH. In 2001, he relocated to Atlanta GA. A year later, he founded Integrity Landscape Management, a full-service grounds maintenance company. Their key focus is the high-end residential market with services that include lawn maintenance, shrub trimming, lawn fertilization & weed control, and annual color among a long list of options. His experience has shown him that client relationships are crucial to determining a company’s success. Bodnar’s insight has been published in several trade publications, as well as Hindsite Software’s The Green Industry Benchmark Report. When he’s not out performing official business duties, Bodnar enjoys cycling the back roads of Georgia, making wine in his garage, and spending time with his family.
Kevin J. Borg
Asst. Athletic Director, Facilities and Project Management, UCLA (retired)
Borg’s career in Facilities, Project, Sports Turf, and Land Care Management spans over 45 years in both the public and private sector. He has recently retired from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he spent the last 38 years as the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Project Management. During his time at UCLA, Borg managed over 40 acres of competition and practice sports turf and one million square feet of building space including administration, medical, and student athlete support facilities, along with multiple stadiums and arenas. He has managed over $850 million in construction projects and renovations including turf field replacement and preparation. Early on in his career, Borg assisted the 1993 NFL turf team in preparing for the Super Bowl in Pasadena CA, and assisted UCLA Athletics in game day field preparation and operations. His role in land care has included the beautification and management of a 65-acre conference center built in 1880, the fan experience grounds of baseball, softball, and soccer stadiums with his final major project of a four-court sand volleyball facility for the nation’s top collegiate beach volleyball program.
President and CEO, The Greenery, Inc.
Edwards is President and CEO for The Greenery, Inc. He is representative of a new generation of leadership at the helm of this nationally high–ranking employee-owned commercial and residential landscape installation and maintenance company. The Greenery has served Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah GA and Charleston SC (and most recently Daytona Beach, FL and Greenville, SC) since 1973 with comprehensive landscaping services including commercial and residential landscape installation and maintenance, construction, hardscapes, and irrigation. The Greenery is one of the largest and most highly respected landscaping companies in the country, gaining recognition and awards for progressive efforts as an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) company. A graduate of Tulane University, Edwards often speaks at local and regional conferences and remains active in his community and industry. He has a high interest in various programs that keep coastal South Carolina and Georgia water and land preservation in the forefront.
Jeff McManus, CGM
Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services, University of Mississippi
McManus has been Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services at the University of Mississippi since 2000. He and his team have gained national recognition through Ole Miss winning the National Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Best Maintained Campus twice, and named most beautiful campus by Newsweek in 2011, the Princeton Review in 2013 and USA Today in 2016. He was President of PGMS in 2019. McManus has a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is the recipient of the 2016 Horticulture Alumni of the year. He is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
McManus’ book, Growing Weeders into Leaders—Leadership Lessons from the Ground Level, focuses on cultivating excellence among staff. He has worked with many organizations instilling leadership initiatives at every level—achieving phenomenal change in unexpected places. Throughout his career, McManus achieved results-based accountability in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules. He chose to focus on the one thing he could influence: his team’s attitude. He quickly learned that a solid growth culture is the ultimate competitive advantage for any organization.
President, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)
Provost is the President of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), the national trade association representing manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders in the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry. Working with the RISE Governing Board, Provost is responsible for establishing strategic direction and setting annual priorities to meet the unique needs of the specialty pest management and fertilizer industries on a national, state, and local level. The association serves an industry comprised of eight major segments: aquatics, consumer, forestry, nursery and greenhouse, public health, structural pest control, turf and ornamental, and vegetation management.
Immediately prior to joining RISE, Provost was the vice president of policy and programs at Farm Foundation, an agricultural policy institute. She previously served as U.S. government affairs manager for Dow AgroSciences, an Agricultural Division of Dow-DuPont. Prior to joining Dow AgroSciences, Provost served as a legislative assistant for Sen. Richard Lugar, (R-Ind.); served as special assistant to the administrator at USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service; and was an economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation. Provost is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University Law School.