President's Message

By John Crooks, NHCLP

February - March 2016

I’m baaack!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope this first of my 2016 President’s Notes finds you happy and healthy, looking back on a successful season, and looking forward to another one coming up. Yes, it’s true. After some changes and shifts of the Board I find myself once again in the drivers seat of the NHLA Bus. Maybe a little more comfortable in the role than last time around, although I can picture Guy rolling his eyes and wondering how many meetings it will take me to remember to ask for a motion and who will second it! I’m guessing maybe two.

I’ve been a member since the mid-eighties but I was attending NHLA events even before that while I was an employee of Three Season Landscaping. It has truly been one long, excellent source of continuing education, the recent January Winter meeting included, so I’m happy to give back and play a role in an organization that has helped make me a professional in the landscape Industry. I look forward to hearing from anyone and everyone with suggestions, comments and ideas on how we can continue to improve our organization as we move forward into 2016 and beyond.

My serving a second stint as president does point to one perennial issue which is the very, very small pool from which we can draw volunteers to serve on the Board as officers and directors or to join our committees such as Certification and Education. January’s Winter Conference is an example of how we benefit from all their hard work. We’re always looking for new ideas so I hope you might considering volunteering.

With that being said I would like to say thank you to John Crooks as he steps down from the President’s position and to everyone who is already serving on the board or on one of the NHLA committees. Special thanks also go to Guy Hodgdon our Business Manager, Pam Moreau our Treasurer, Jon Batson our Education Coordinator and Patty Laughlin our Certification Coordinator. These are the dedicated folks who continually give their time, largely behind the scene, to keep us organized and achieve our goal of providing a wide ranging network of professionals whose knowledge we can tap into to help us provide on-going educational opportunities.

As we move into 2016, I’m excited about the possibilities for the coming year and wondering what the hell I’m going to write about on this page over the next year. Work wise I think it will be another busy season for me and most everyone I spoke with in January at the conference sounded pretty optimistic as well. Very refreshing to hear; so on that note, I hope you all have a very good and prosperous year, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at future 2016 NHLA events!


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