The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance will focus on addressing environmental and workforce issues facing the green industry.
MIAMI– The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), an organization and resource for Hispanics in the US landscape industry, has announced its new Board of Directors for the 2013-2014 term.
• President - Raul Berrios, President of Rulyscapes, Centreville, VA
• President-Elect - Juan Torres, vice president of Operations for Total Tree Care, Cheschire, Conn.
• Secretary - Pam Berrios, president of Alexandria Lawn Service, Alexandria, Va.
• Treasurer - Veronica de Hoyos, Director of Operations and HR, Lawn Management Co., Houston
• Past-President - Jesus “Chuy” Medrano, Owner of CoCal Landscape, Denver, Co.
Additional directors that will be joining the NHLA Board this year include: Arnulfo Lopez of Nature Safe Landcare (Gresham, Ore.) and Jose Cantu of Saw House Inc. (Houston). Other members who will resume their position as directors over the next term include Josh Denison of Denison Landscaping (Ft. Washington, Md.), Chance Lee Castillo and Frank Garza of Greener Pastures Landscapes (Dallas, Texas), Roger Phelps of STIHL, and Bill Behan of John Deere. Ralph Egües will continue to serve as the organization’s executive director.
Newly elected President, Raul Berrios, is a native of Bolivia and the owner of Rulyscapes in Centreville, Va. Berrios founded the company nine years ago after 25 years as a successful entrepreneur in other industries and describes his venture into landscaping as the perfect marriage of his skills as an entrepreneur and marketer with his passion for nature and the environment. Prior to pursuing a path in landscaping, Raul had various business ventures which included a retail shop, a catering company, and an international trade business that was active in the U.S. and in various South American countries.
“I am beyond humbled to serve as president of the NHLA. The organization has served as an important asset to me as a small businessman, exposing me to industry best practices, allowing me to plug into a national network of peers, greatly strengthening my relationships with top manufacturers, and providing me the opportunity to engage influential leaders in government and beyond,” Raul said.
“We've been able to do so much during our first two years together, and there's great enthusiasm for doing even more during the next two years as we continue to grow. I'm especially looking forward to our offering much needed workforce development programs.”