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New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association adds to board of directors

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The association named a new president and two new board members.

| December 2, 2009

New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association added to its board of directors at its November meeting.

Jody Shilan, BSLA, MLA, was elected to a two year term as president of the association. Shilan has more than 30 years experience in the green industry working as a designer, landscape contractor, educator and consultant.

Previously a director of the association, Shilan has been involved in the Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) exam, chair of the Education sub-committee and contributed to the NJLCA Scholarship Program. He is also a board member of PLANET’s membership subcommittee, a former board member of the APLD-NJ and currently sits on the advisory board of Bergen Community College, where he has taught for 10 years. He is both a writer and editor for the NJLCA’s exclusive magazine, “The New Jersey Landscape Contractor” as well as the principle and editor of FromDesign2Build.com, which serves landscape design/build contractors.

Shilan has a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts. His contracting company, Jody Shilan Designs has volunteered hundreds of man hours helping to design and build outdoor classrooms for several local schools. This summer he was honored with an Eagle Scout Mentor Pin for his work with the Boy Scouts of America for the design and construction of a new entranceway for Lincoln School in Wyckoff, N.J.

“I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity to give back to our industry and help the NJLCA develop new strategies, initiatives and partnerships as we continually strive to be New Jersey’s premier landscape trade association - dedicated to providing our members with the best education, training, networking and business opportunities available in the state." 

The association also named two new directors to the six-member board. Dennis Sparano will serve on the events committee. Sparano owns Tapestry Land Design, in Princeton. He has a BSLA from Rutgers University and is also certified in woody plants and irrigation.

Lawns By Yorkshire CEO Steven Jomides will advise the executive committee on all matters of policy, personnel, business ethics, finance, property, activities and will oversee all such matters.

Since 1988 Lawns by Yorkshire has provided green and sustainable landscape and snow services throughout New Jersey and New York. Lawns By Yorkshire serves multiple markets including multi-family, HOAs, office parks, retail and shopping centers, school and corporate campuses, municipalities and industrial complexes.

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