Executive Conference Program

Lawnsite LiveXchange presents a comprehensive, practical and strategic conference program that helps VIPs better plan and manage their companies’ lawn care operations.

The Executive Conference Program is run by leading consultants and industry experts from the lawn care and landscape industries, plus senior facility management professionals.

Keynote: Landscape Leadership
Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape, Airport and Golf Services, University of Mississippi

Jeff McManus grows things.  As the Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi, he grows plants….he grows people….he grows ideas.  Jeff is a problem-solver, understanding that doing more with less is a 21st century mandate.

After coming to the University in 2000, Jeff took on the challenge of managing a multi-million dollar landscaping beautification implementation project.  Faced with a demand for excellence and high productivity, and a stagnant budget, Jeff knew that growing the people was critical to growing the plants. Through that experience, Jeff developed his approach to managing resources and developing personnel – his GROW-theory; a management and professional development  approach based in the belief that all humans either strive for or have within them the elements of Greatness, Resiliency, Opportunity and Wisdom – they just need a fertile environment to GROW.

Taking his grounds staff, affectionately known as “weeders”, and developing them into “leaders” has been a joyous challenge that reaped acres of rewards in the form of national recognition by the Princeton Review, PGMS, Newsweek and every faculty, staff, student and visitor who has walked onto the Ole Miss Campus.  Building on that momentum, Jeff has designed a professional development plan for his Weeders called Landscape University – a replicable training program that promotes the individual’s innate ability to GROW.

Other Conference Sessions:

  • Turf & Plant Health
  • Bring Your Business To The Next Level: Marketing, Financials, Employee Management & Health
  • Put Technology To Work For You
  • Expanding Your Service Portfolio
  • Building An Equipment Fleet For 2021
  • Roundtable discussions, plus more sessions to be announced