New Mexico Landscape Firm Debuts Mentorship Program

Select employees part of year-long program designed to drive professionalism and job satisfaction.

New Mexico-based Heads Up Landscape Contractors has debuted a year-long mentorship program for its employees under the leadership of mentorship expert Jim Perrone. Perrone, co-author of “The Mentee’s Navigator: Making Mentoring Happen and A Mentor’s Handbook”, led a two-day training session at Heads Up’s Albuquerque headquarters in February.

“The overarching goal of the program is to help retain and develop fellow colleagues by providing a supportive atmosphere. The program will prepare mentees for more professional responsibility and hopefully lead to a higher level of job satisfaction and success,” says Eddie Padilla, executive vice president of Heads Up Landscape Contractors.

The 20 employees participating are either mentors or mentees, so there are 10 pairs. The mentors and mentees had separate days of training and everyone had a wrap-up session where mentor/mentee pairs discussed expectations, goals and objectives.

The idea for the program developed during recent company-wide strategic planning meetings. An employee committee was formed to develop and drive the program. Applications were sent out to everyone in the company in both English and Spanish. The employee committee selected pairs. The program began in February and will continue for at least one year.

For more than 25 years Perrone-Ambrose Associates have been committed to helping organizations establish and sustain growth oriented mentoring cultures. They are committed to providing practical and impactful mentoring and coaching, training and licensing programs, tools, guides and consultation services today for shaping the leaders of tomorrow. More at

Award-winning Heads Up Landscape Contractors was founded in 1973 by Gary Mallory as a two-man residential lawn sprinkler service. More than 40 years later, Heads Up designs, installs and maintains New Mexico’s top commercial and residential landscapes, and leads the xeriscape industry as one of the biggest landscaping companies in the country. Heads Up has also been named for three years as Best of the City Landscaping Service by the readers of Albuquerque the Magazine, and Best Landscaper in the Albuquerque Journal’s Readers Choice Poll.