University breaks attendance record

Next Level Network's event in Santa Fe broke all records in attendance and sponsorship support.

December 13, 2013
Industry News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Next Level Network broke all records in attendance and sponsorship support at its recent University held November 12-14, at the historic La Fonda on the Plaza resort in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

The peer group’s 4th annual event featured keynote speaker, Chip Eichelberger, who engaged the group of 142 attendees in a breaking board exercise designed to push team spirit to new heights of fun and intensity. 

Setting a tone of interaction and inspired learning, Eichelberger’s “Getting Switched On” presentation provided a lasting takeaway:  barriers, like adversity, can be breakthroughs and unforgettable moments of achievement. Participants were reminded that they are in control of their own success path.

This year’s educational tracts led by Bruce Wilson, Kevin Kehoe and Jim Perrone, offered customizable sessions for account managers, business developers, CFOs, and design-build production managers. The goal was for the attendees to develop relationships with their own peers in other companies and functional groups dispersed for breakout sessions and off-site meals as cohorts.

HeadsUp CEO Gary Mallory and the meeting’s local company host challenged the group to use the educational tools and takeaways for improved customer satisfaction, better productivity and higher profits, and to be a winner in the marketplace. He challenged them to each develop a new peer relationship, bring back ideas for improvement of their company.

“This event was the best we’ve had in terms of engagement,” says Mallory. Learning comes in all forms and the informal workshops and best practice sharing with functional peers, and coaching from trusted sources, contributed to a lively and energetic level of learning.”

Next Level member companies attending included senior executives and managers from HeadsUp Landscape, Albuquerque, NM; Pacific Landscape Management, Portland, OR; Stay Green, Santa Clarita, CA; Lawn Management Company, Houston, TX; and Integrated Landscape Management, Tempe and Tucson, AZ.

Also in attendance were faculty from university and college horticulture programs to discuss career path and recruiting strategies for the next generation of qualified and competent landscape industry business leaders:  Greg Davis, Kansas State; Greg Jolley, BYU Provo; Phil Allen, BYU Provo; Reese Nelson, BYU Idaho; Terry Fujimoto, Cal Poly Pomona; Tim Schauwecker, Mississippi State; and Zachary Johnson, Colorado State.

Sponsoring companies, whose executives contributed to educational sessions on corporate culture and operational performance, included John Deere, Rainbird, BossLM, Ewing and Belgard Pavers.
Next year’s university program is scheduled to be held in Phoenix.