Newly Assembled ‘Pro Panel’ to Help Answer Contractors’ Most Pressing Questions

Landscape contractors can ask the Green Industry Pros “Pro Panel” how they dealt with the same issues facing today’s up-and-coming landscape contractors.

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According to a recent survey of landscape contractors subscribed to Green Industry Pros magazine, the two things contractors like to read about most are Industry Trends and Management Tips from Other Contractors. To that end, Green Industry Pros has assembled a “Pro Panel” of landscape company owners to offer insights and advice to today’s up-and-coming landscape contractors.

The Pro Panel consists of leaders from six landscape companies—each of which is among the industry’s top 5% in terms of sales volume and employee base. But these companies also know what it is like to start out small and fight your way to the top. Each is now a leader in its marketplace with respect to professionalism and innovation.

The Pro Panel is joined by two leading business consultants who also have experience building their own landscape contracting companies from the ground up.

Get your questions answered. Landscape contractors are encouraged to submit their questions to the Pro Panel, which will then address the top questions in each issue of Green Industry Pros magazine and/or on this website. Contractors can submit their questions by CLICKING HERE.

A Look at The Pro Panelists

Gary S. Goldman, a former landscape contractor for 20-plus years, has been a management consultant to the landscape and pavement industries since 1985. He travels throughout the United States consulting with landscape, tree service and irrigation contractors, pavement companies, related associations, manufacturers and vendors conducting one-on-one consultations, seminars and workshops. Visit for more information.

Jon Ewing has over 30 years of experience in the Green Industry. He was the founder of Landtrends Inc., a multi-state landscape construction and maintenance firm based in San Diego, and was also the co-founder of Miramar Wholesale Nurseries. Today, Jon Ewing Consulting Services works with businesses to establish goals, improve profitability, focus on customers and grow business. Visit for more information.

Kevin Payne started TenderCare Lawn & Landscape in Derby, KS, in 1982. The company now employs roughly 30-40 people, providing full-service care from landscape design to installation to maintenance, along with swimming pool construction. TenderCare has won numerous awards for both landscaping and maintenance from the Mid-America Green Industry Council. Kevin’s wife, Cindy, is the company’s office manager. Together they have two children, both of whom work in the business.

Linda Rae Nelson was born and raised in Naples, FL. She has been in the landscaping industry for 35 years with her company, Greenscapes of Southwest Florida. Linda began her education at Edison State College in Business Administration and currently holds her certification as an ISA Arborist and a Florida Certified Horticultural Professional, along with her certification in Best Management Practices (BMP). For the last 12 years, Linda has been a part of the instructional team at Florida Southwestern College’s outreach educational programs for Property Managers and Board Members.

Matthew Johnson of All Year Round Expert Tree & Landscape Management in Phoenix, AZ, has been involved in the landscape industry since the late-90s when serving on several HOA Board of Directors and as a property and community manager. Since then Matthew has been certified through the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA) in Sustainable Landscape Management while also earning his Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) credential. Matthew has also served as ALCA’s president and director of government affairs.

Michael Bellantoni is president of Michael Bellantoni Inc. in White Plains, NY. In 2008 he received the “Man of the Year” award from the New York State Turf and Landscape Association. Bellantoni earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University in 1990. He also holds a variety of industry licensees and certificates from PLANET, ISA, and the states of Connecticut and New York.

Steve Pruchansky is the CEO of Greenscapes of Southwest Florida, working alongside partner Linda Rae Nelson. Steve joined the company in 1991 and has helped grow it from six employees to nearly 250. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University, and later earned his MBA from Suffolk University. He’s been a business owner, consultant and board director for numerous companies over the past 30-plus years.

Todd Reinhart is a partner in Reinhart Grounds Maintenance Inc. in Bloomington, IL, along with several Weed Man Lawn Care franchises located throughout the Midwest. In 1986 he and his brother started mowing lawns as a summer job in high school, which has since grown to over a $6 million multi-state company. Their story has been featured in two national Green Industry publications and have won several national, state and local awards and accolades.

Tom De Lany is CEO of All Commercial Landscape Service (ACLS) in Fresno, CA. Over the last 10 years, ACLS has grown from 15 associates to just under 100 full-time employees. Tom is also the founder and CEO of Aqua Cents Water Management, a polymer-injecting system capable of helping property owners save up to 50% on landscape water use. Tom has been active in the landscape contracting field for 40 years, which includes a term on the Board of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA).