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In Landscaping Awards



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President’s Message............................................................. 4 ALCA Sponsors.................................................................... 5 Calendar of Events............................................................... 5 New Members..................................................................... 5 CEO’s Message................................................................... 6

PMD Certification Exam Preparatory Courses

Need CEUs in 2019?........................................................... 6

Conducted Weekly

ALCA Trade Show for Landscape Professionals........................ 6

Ornamental & Turf Right of Way Aquatic Core Exam

2019 Board of Directors and CEO......................................... 7 Join ALCA Today.................................................................. 7 42nd Annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards......8-10, 12-13 2019 ACLP Schedule......................................................... 11 ALCA Member Profile: RDO Equipment Co........................... 14 ALCA Member Profile: The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters.......................................................... 15

Get Knowledge!

Contractors vs. Employee – What is the Correct Classification?.................................. 16-17



Horizon Launches Series on Labor Saving Products................ 18

Or Check Schedule And Register Online

ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis............................................. 18 ACLP Safety & Tools........................................................... 18

Sustainable Landscape Management.................................... 18 ALCA Membership Application............................................ 19 Tree Health Care................................................................ 20 ALCA Holiday Mixer – Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock..... 21 ALCA Mixer – Cox Cactus Farm.......................................... 21 Resource Guide................................................................. 22


Marty Monroy Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock


President Elect

Association Outsource Services, Inc. (916) 961-9999

San Tan Landscape Management, Inc.

Diversified Print Solutions

Dwight Faires


Vice President

Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association

Clayton Graham

Sundance Landscape & Maintenance

Secretary Kim Kleski

Olsson Associates


Steve Shields

5425 E Bell Road, Suite 105 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 Phone: 602-626-7091 Fax: 602-626-7590

Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

Chief Executive Officer Judy Gausman

The ALCA Influence is the official publication of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association. ALCA and The ALCA Influence assume no responsibility for the statements or opinions appearing in articles under an author’s name. The services of an attorney or accountant should be sought in legal and tax matters. For editorial information, contact the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association, 5425 E. Bell Road, Suite 105, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254; telephone, (602) 626-7091; facsimile, (602) 626-7590; e-mail,

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Happy New Year


t’s a New Year and a great way to make a positive change in your life is to make that New Year’s resolution…..and stick to it. Year after year, getting in shape and losing weight are one of the most popular resolutions that people choose. If the holiday shopping took a toll on your wallet or pocket book, you may be determined to save more money and/or slash debt in the upcoming year. In this competitive world we work in, building your brand may help better showcase you and your company. And through it all, it is important to manage your stress by remaining cool, calm and collected. Whatever your New Year’s resolution may be, you may look to ALCA to help incorporate a positive effect in your business, life and future. Consider participating in the great workshops and events ALCA has to offer: • Nearly 100 educational workshops for technical and business training • Trade show • Sky Blu Underwood golf tournament • Scholarships • Membership mixers • Monthly landscaping and safety tips Marty Monroy • Excellence in Landscaping awards gala 2018 ALCA President • Representation and advocacy to look after the interests of landscape contractors ALCA may not help you lose weight, but ALCA can offer resources to hopefully make your life a little easier in the coming year. Wishing you the best in the 2019 New Year!


WE WATCH THE GRASS GROW SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO. Whether you’re a homeowner, landscaper or groundskeeper, our knowledgeable and friendly staff is prepared to help you. Call today at 602.271.4266

Sincerely, Marty Monroy, ALCA President

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Dylan Pitts - Individual 2303 El Moro Circle, Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 438-4773 ACLP student

Lucas Lawn & Yard Care LLC

Ryan Lucas 16026 N 32nd St, Ste C, Phoenix, AZ 85032 (602) 923-1312 | (602) 339-2403 Lucas Lawn & Yard Care is a licensed, bonded and insured landscape company that provides reliable service to the North Phoenix/Scottsdale area since 1994. They have trained E-Verified English speaking, landscape maintenance professionals. They offer Weekly, Bi-Weekly, and Monthly lawn/ yard service as well as one time full Yard Clean-up’s, Tree Trimming, New Yard Installations, Winter Rye Grass Planting, Gravel Installation, Tree and Shrub Installations and Hauling of yard debris. Contractor Class 3

Ringo Canyon Granite LLC

Chad Anderson 4650 North Klain Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 820-4323 Ringo Canyon Granite LLC is the best Family owned source for landscape materials in the northern Tucson, south Phoenix, Florence, Coolidge, and Casa Grande areas. We supply landscape materials such as boulders, rip-rap, screened landscape rock, 1-3’ track out rock, 3/8 minus, 2mm minus infield mix and more. Not only is our material aesthetically appealing, it complies with the stringent requirements specified for use on most public works projects. Ringo Canyon Granite LLC has quality products and excellent customer service, truly setting us apart from our competition. Associate Class 1

San Tan Ford

Jeffrey Ochs 1429 East Motorplex Loop, Gilbert, AZ 85297 (602) 617-0537 San Tan Ford is the fastest growing Ford dealership in Ford’s 115 year history. Top 50 store in the world with over 1,100 vehicles in stock or in transit. Associate Class 2

Special Thank You to our

ALCA Sponsors


All Season Wholesale Growers Arizona CLA Belgard Hardscapes Civano Nursery Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock DIRT Insurance & Risk Management Evergreen Turf, Inc Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Grand Materials & Supply Horizon Distributors, Inc Hunter Industries / FX Luminaire Mountain States Wholesale Nursery Rain Bird Corporation RDO Equipment Co. Rodeo Ford SiteOne Landscape Supply Southwest Sod, Inc Sunrise Nursery, LLC

2019 Calendar of Events January 10 12 15 15 16 17 19 25

February 07

ACLP Planting & Tree Staking – ALCA Office 09 ACLP Planting & Tree Staking – ALCA Office 14 ACLP Irrigation Tech I- ALCA Office 16 ACLP Planting & Tree Staking – Tucson 21-22 OSHA 10 Workshop – ALCA Office 27 ALCA Trade Show – SRP Pera Club

March 14 16

The Synthetic Grass Store / Arizona Turf Masters

19 20

The Toro Company / Irritrol / Unique Lighting Systems




Hill & Usher Insurance & Surety

ACLP Plant Identification – ALCA Office ACLP Plant Identification – ALCA Office ACA Workshop - Northwestern Mutual/ Morrison & Clark ALCA Board of Directors’ Meeting Phoenix Member Mixer – Sponsored by Arizona CLA ACLP Soils & Fertilizer – ALCA Office ACLP Plant Identification – Tucson SLM – ALCA Office

ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – ALCA Office ALCA Board of Directors’ Meeting Phoenix Member Mixer- Sponsored by Grand Materials & Supply ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis – ALCA Office ACLP Annuals & Perennials – Tucson

*Dates Are Subject To Change*


Ventana Landscaping, LLC

Abby Romero 4750 N La Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85705 (520) 790-3000 We provide both commercial and residential landscape construction and maintenance services. Contractor Class 4

Yavapai Landscaping

Nathan Green 303 East Gurley St., 407, Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 910-4147 Yavapai’s Premier Residential Landscaping Company, owned by a firefighter, we are committed to excellent customer service and go above and beyond our customers’ expectations. Contractor Class 1

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Need CEUs in 2019?

Why Become a Member of The Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association?


s you can tell by the number of new members we have each month, I find myself responding quite often to the question “Why should I become a member of ALCA?” Membership benefits you and your company through knowledge, networking, promotion and certification. • ALCA works on your behalf to protect your interests in the legislature and informs you of the rules and regulations that affect your business. • ALCA provides professional training opportunities for owners and managers to help run their businesses effectively. • ALCA provides a certification for technical training in every aspect of landscaping designed for interaction and hands-on Judy Gausman ALCA CEO learning. • ALCA promotes its members to Community Managers through the AZ Association of Community Managers (AACM) and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) by providing certification of Sustainable Landscape Management practices. • ALCA provides many networking opportunities including round table discussions where members can discuss common issues and share experiences. • ALCA honors contractors for their beautiful landscape projects through the Excellence in Landscaping Awards gala. • ALCA members demonstrate their professionalism by staying up to date on the latest techniques, newest trends and designs, and ever changing industry rules and regulations. You are invited to become a member or retain your membership of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association and be connected to a reliable network of nearly 500 professional landscape and affiliated businesses representing approximately 35,000 employees. To apply for membership, go to the ALCA website at www.AZLCA. com/Application. Dues are based on your annual sales revenue and range from $275 to $880. ALCA is dedicated to elevating the quality and professionalism for its members and the Green Industry. And so I ask the question, “Why NOT become a member of the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association?” Respectfully, Judy Gausman, CEO

The Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Associa�on has scheduled various workshops that are approved for CEUs. You may register to a�end these workshops and help fulll your CEU requirements at

QUESTIONS: Call the ALCA office at (602) 626‐7091 or email

*Dates and loca�ons are subject to change* **All workshops are held at the ALCA office unless designated—Tucson**


International Society of Arboriculture Workshop

Jan 10 Plant Identification Jan 12 Plant Identification Jan 17 Soils & Fertilizer Jan 19 Plant Identification—Tucson Feb 7 Planting & Tree Staking Feb 9 Planting & Tree Staking Feb 16 Planting & Tree Staking—Tucson Mar 21 Plant Problem Diagnosis Apr 18 Plant Identification May 9 Tree & Shrub Pruning May 11 Tree & Shrub Pruning May 16 Planting & Tree Staking May 18 Tree & Shrub Pruning—Tucson Jun 13 Pesticides & Calibration Jun 15 Pesticides & Calibration Jun 22 Pesticides & Calibration—Tucson Jul 11 Safety & Tools Jul 13 Safety & Tools Jul 20 Safety & Tools—Tucson Aug 15 Soils & Fertilizer Aug 17 Soils & Fertilizer Aug 22 Tree & Shrub Pruning Aug 24 Soils & Fertilizer—Tucson Sep 19 Pesticides & Calibration Oct 10 Plant Problem Diagnosis Oct 12 Plant Problem Diagnosis Oct 17 Safety & Tools Oct 19 Plant Problem Diagnosis—Tucson

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IA Irrigation Association #CEUs 2019 Workshop Feb 14

Irrigation Tech I


May 23

Irrigation Tech I


Sep 12 Sep 14 Sep 21

Irrigation Tech I Irrigation Tech I Irrigation Tech I—Tucson

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Pest Management Division #CEUs 2019 Workshop Mar 21 Plant Problem Diagnosis Jun 13 Pesticides & Calibration Jun 15 Pesticides & Calibration Jun 22 Pest & Calibration—Tucson Sep 19 Pesticides & Calibration Oct 10 Plant Problem Diagnosis Oct 12 Plant Problem Diagnosis Oct 19 Plant Problems—Tucson

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2019 Board of Directors and CEO

After participating in the “Landscaper Feud - Celebrity Edition”, the 2019 ALCA Board of Directors was introduced at the 42nd annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala. (From left to right) Marty Monroy, Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock (President); Judy Gausman (ALCA CEO), Warren Runcorn (ABC Scapes, Inc.); Dwight Faires (San Tan Landscape Management); Clayton Graham (Sundance Landscape & Maintenance); Kim Kleski (Kleski & Associates); Beth Postma (All Season Wholesale Growers); Nickie Velten (DTR Landscape Development); Bob Franchetto (Horizon Distributors). Not shown is Matthew Johnson (All Year Round Expert Tree & Landscape Management); Josh Dupper (RH Dupper Landscaping); Steve Shields (Hill & Usher Insurance).

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Excellence ALCA’S


In Landscaping Awards


Members of the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association gathered to celebrate and recognize the fine work and artistry that the landscape industry provides to our beautiful state at the 42nd annual Excellence in Landscaping Awards Gala held on November 17, 2018, at the beautiful Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park. The ALCA awards program reflects the association and industry’s commitment to designing and maintaining our southwest environment as well as applying practices and methods that promote sustainability. There are many people that contribute their time and talents throughout the year to make this program a success. As the Director of the Awards Program, Beth Postma with All Season Wholesale Growers, spearheaded and coordinated ALCA’s largest event of the year. Thank you to the judges who contributed their time and expertise by viewing photos in the ALCA office and onsite visits in the heat of the summer. They were Dwight Faires (San Tan Landscape Management), Dusty Gofourth (Grand Materials & Supply), Beth Postma (All Season Wholesale Growers), Jean Coté (Mountain States Wholesale Nursery), Jackie Lyle (Civano Nursery), Susan Chase (Arizona Department of Agriculture) and Paul Tammelleo (Irritrol). Much appreciation goes to Joe Carranza with Sunrise Nursery for furnishing the colorful and beautiful table centerpieces. Thank you to Roby Everhart with SunWest Golf & Reclamation for sponsoring the music during the cocktail hour and to Mike Uhrich with Genesis Landscaping for showcasing his talents on the piano. For dessert, everyone enjoyed some delicious peanut butter mouse infused with Butterfinger candy and fresh berries sponsored by Association Outsources Services whose company collects the advertisements for the ALCA Influence magazine and the ALCA website. Thank you to all of the generous members who donated items for the silent auction that everyone enjoyed during the cocktail reception. Proceeds of over $9,000 went to the Jim Trog Water Management Memorial Fund. A special thank you goes to Michael Rockwell with Azul-Verde Design Group for recognizing and announcing the Special Award winners. As the Master of Ceremonies, Mary Clanton with The Synthetic Grass Store/Arizona Turf Masters did a phenomenal job introducing the awards. ALCA is truly fortunate to have members that support the awards program by sponsoring the various categories. Their generosity is amazing. These sponsors will be recognized with the winners throughout each issue of the ALCA Influence magazine. And of course, there would not be a program without the landscape contractors who submit their beautiful landscape projects. Forty companies took the time and effort to take photos, fill out the application and compete against fellow ALCA members and friends to win an award. By participating in the program, these companies will be able to market to their clients, recognize their employees for their hard work, dedication and outstanding landscape projects and be recognized in the industry by being a leader of the pack and competing with the best! A gallery of the award-winning projects may be viewed at ALCA. org/Gallery and in the upcoming issues of the 2019 ALCA Influence magazine.




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2018 Presidential Award

Sponsored by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

The Presidential Award is given to a project that demonstrates the highest level of excellence and creativity. This award is the “Best of Show� chosen from over 80 submitted landscape projects.

Southwestern Native Landscape Graham Residence The design concept of the Graham residence focused on creating an open entertainment area that flowed from the front entry area, through the pool, and down to the turf. This allowed the Southwestern Native Landscape team to take full advantage of the mountain views. Plantings were designed to be different in each area throughout the small planters created by the deck levels. The design for the front walkway was to be grand in scale while ascending the steps. A paver driveway replaced the existing decomposed granite and additional trees and cacti were planted to accent the existing species on the property. The kitchen patio was expanded to add a barbecue, fire pit and seating area. Artificial turf complimented by free form patios and planters, gave the clients a quiet seating area to enjoy the high mountain views.

Doug Donahue with Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply presented the award to Craig Giffen

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2018 Xeriscape Award

Sponsored by RDO Equipment

The Xeriscape Award is given to a project that is planned and designed to create practical use of turf areas, has a selection of plants that appropriately use mulches, soil amendments or improvements and efficient irrigation. When properly designed and maintained, the xeriscape project saves water, time and money through reduced plant water needs and lower maintenance requirements.

Earth Care, “For All That’s Green”, Inc. Carefree, Arizona Property This wonderfully eclectic Illinois-native couple envisioned a property that would showcase all the amazing views that Carefree, Arizona is famous for. They looked for peaceful and commanding views of majestic mountains, saguaros, washes to experience life-giving summer rains, sunrises and spectacular sunsets. The home and its landscape would require a vision that resulted in a beautiful winter getaway and a place for friends and family to gather. The landscape gently blends with a subtle gradient to the surrounding natural beauty of the desert. The entry courtyard is spectacular with its stunning water features, cacti, succulents, colorful perennials and annuals while the homeowner’s private courtyard is a cozy getaway with color, texture and a soothing water feature. The back yard is perfect for the family that loves to entertain. With its combination of flowering shrubs, cacti, agaves and palms, this home is a Carefree paradise.

Judy Gausman presented the award on behalf of RDO Equipment to Glenn Fahringer with Earth Care, “For All That’s Green”, Inc.

2018 Best Landscape Management Award

Sponsored by The Toro Company/ Irritrol/Unique Lighting Systems

The Best Landscape Management Award reflects and recognizes the precise efforts of landscape care. Proper pruning of all plant material follows the sustainable landscape management practices. Proper monitoring of irrigation systems minimizes water use but is sufficient for all species to flourish. Attention to every detail gives this project a pristine look that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Stillwater Landscape Management, LLC Glennwilde Homeowners Association Located in Maricopa, Glennwilde is a master planned community featuring two pools, two softball fields, a full court basketball and two half courts, two tennis courts, soccer fields, many parks and greenbelts throughout the community and its very own catch-and-release lake. Fifty-eight acres of decomposed granite landscape boasts an extensive variety of plants that provide year-round flowering including deer grass, red bird of paradise, sage, Little John and petite pink oleander to name a few. Mature trees line the streets and parks of the community including pine, eucalyptus, acacia, ash, elm, desert willow and chitalpa. Stillwater Landscape Management practices ALCA’s Sustainable Landscape Management program. This includes rejuvenation shrub pruning for the plants that outgrow their space while allowing some to reach their mature height. A complete irrigation system is inspected regularly to maximize system efficiency and minimize wasted water.




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Paul Tammelleo with The Toro Co/Irritrol/Unique Lighting Systems presented the award to Rick Robinson with Stillwater Landscape Management, LLC.

This educa�onal program is for those aspiring to be professional landscapers. The Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Associa�on schedules a series of four‐hour workshops and online exams covering 10 topics designed for interac�on and hands‐on learning. * Dates and loca�ons are subject to change. * * Please park in the middle sec�on of the ALCA parking lot and not in front of the businesses *

2019 Workshops

ALCA Office Tucson Thursday Saturday Saturday

Plant Iden�ca�on

Jan 10

Soils & Fer�lizer

Jan 17 Feb 7 Feb 9 Feb 16

ISA = 3.75 CEUs

Plan�ng & Tree Staking Irriga�on Tech I ISA = 3.75 CEUs / IA = 4 CEUs

Annuals & Perennials

Jan 12

Jan 19

Feb 14 March 14 March 16 March 23

Plant Problem Diagnosis

March 21 ISA = 3.75 CEUs / PMD = 4 CEUs Turf Care & Installa�on April 11 April 13 April 27 Plant Iden�ca�on

April 18 May 9 May 11

ISA = 3.75 CEUs

Tree & Shrub Pruning Plan�ng & Tree Staking Irriga�on Tech I ISA = 3.75 CEUs / IA = 4 CEUs

Pes�cides & Calibra�on

May 18

May 16 May 23 June 13 June 15 June 22

Annuals & Perennials

June 20 ISA = 3.75 CEUs / PMD = 4 CEUs Safety & Tools July 11

July 13

July 20


5425 E Bell Rd, Ste 105 Sco�sdale, AZ 85254

Tucson—Randolph Center

200 S Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85711

WHEN: 7:30 am—11:30 am (ALCA Office)

9 am—1 pm (TUCSON)

COST PER WORKSHOP: Early registra�on:

$60/ALCA members $120/non‐members

Register within 72 hours: $80/ALCA members $160/non‐members

CERTIFICATION: Anyone may a�end the workshops to increase their knowledge and skills. To become cer�ed, students must a�end all 10 workshops and complete the online exams. Par�cipants will be declared an AZ Cer�ed Landscape Professional when he/she receives at least a minimum score of 70% on all 10 exams.


Turf Care & Installa�on

July 18

ISA = 3.75 CEUs

Aug 15

Aug 17

Aug 24

Aug 22 Sept 12 Sept 19

Sept 14

Sept 21

Soils & Fer�lizer Tree & Shrub Pruning ISA = 3.75 CEUs

Irriga�on Tech I Pes�cides & Calibra�on

ISA = 3.75 CEUs / IA = 4 CEUs / PMD = 4 CEUs

Plant Problem Diagnosis

Oct 10

Safety & Tools

Oct 17

ISA = 3.75 CEUs / PMD = 4 CEUs


IA =


Oct 12

Oct 19

QUESTIONS: Call the ALCA office at (602) 626‐7091 or email


ALCA 2018 SPECIAL AWARDS Chosen by their peers, four ALCA members were honored with special recognition at the 42nd annual “Excellence in Landscaping” awards gala at the beautiful Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park on November 17, 2018. These individuals have demonstrated a strong dedication and commitment to ALCA and the landscape industry.

Thank you to our Special Award Sponsors

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Tom Beckley/ Grounds Control LLC Sponsored by Horizon Distributors, Inc. Tom Beckley was born in Upland California in June 1943. One of 10 children, Tom and his family worked an orange grove before moving to Kailua, Hawaii. Tom surfed 50 foot waves at North Shore before returning to the states in 1963 where he met the love of his life, Gayle. Tom and Gayle were wed in 1972 raising three children and eventually becoming proud grandparents to seven grandchildren. Tom loves to cruise the world taking no less than eight cruises with many more planned. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, golfing (sort of) and hiking the Grand Canyon. Tom hasn’t been able to catch a ride on an F35 yet but he is on the lookout for an opportunity. Tom was hired as a foreman in 1978 by Dale Micetic when the business was called Dale’s Sprinkler Service. This company later became Grounds Control. Over the next 40 years, Tom honed his craft rising to Vice-President of Construction for Grounds Control, LLC. Over the years, Tom has worked on or managed some of the largest landscape projects in Arizona. It is estimated that he has worked on more than 1,000 projects totaling over $100MM.

Anyone who has ever met Tom knows that he likes to laugh and joke around, but they quickly learn that Tom is a great Christian man and his word is his bond. For a life well lived, both on the job and at home, we honor Tom Beckley with ALCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Congratulations Tom!

Bob Franchetto (left) presented the award to Tom Beckley.

OUTSTANDING LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR Tony Acosta/ Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc. Sponsored by Sunrise Nursery, LLC Tony has been involved in the landscape industry for 30 years. His first 11 years were spent in New Jersey where he and his parents had a landscape maintenance and small enhancement company. Their company was involved in the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association. In 2003, Tony moved to the Valley of Sun and had to learn landscaping all over again. He has worn many hats here in Phoenix, starting out as a Field Supervisor and working his way to Project Manager, Account Manager, and Operations Manager. In 2008, while working for past ALCA President Rod Pappas, Tony was introduced to ALCA. He says he can clearly remember attending his first mixer and wanting to get involved in the association. That evening he introduced himself to Judy Gausman, ALCA’s CEO, and asked for opportunities to serve. Tony has served on the ALCA Board of Directors as Secretary, Vice President, Directory of Public Relations, President-Elect, and ALCA President. Tony continues to volunteer his time developing and revising curriculum for ALCA’s AZ Certified Landscape Professional Program, instructs numerous courses and represents ALCA at the Smartscapes program. In his free time, Tony enjoys sporting events, off-roading in his jeep and being involved with his church. Since 2000 he has worked with Motor Racing Outreach as a Chaplain serving various forms of motorcycle racing across the U.S. Congratulations to Tony Acosta, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Landscape Contractor of the Year.




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Joe Carranza (left) presented the award to Tony Acosta.


OUTSTANDING ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF THE YEAR Nancy Clawson/ Identity Promotional Marketing Sponsored DTR Landscape Development, LLC

Dick Roberts and Becky Nunes (left) presented the award to Nancy Clawson.

Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Nancy Clawson is a true native. As the middle child of six children, she has always had a bright and shiny personality and outlook on life. After working nearly 30 years in the multifamily housing industry, Nancy decided to make a career change and entered the promotional product realm. Nancy took to this industry immediately, enjoying every aspect, especially helping her clients get the best products to help grow their businesses. Nancy joined ALCA in 2014 and immediately became active in the association. Not only does Nancy serve on the Member and Public Relations Committee, she also volunteers her time and talent to support and assist with ALCA Field Day, the annual trade show, and silent auction. You can always find Nancy at the member mixer where she sells raffle tickets for the 50/50 drawing. Being a part of the Arizona business community and ALCA has allowed Nancy to forge and cherish life-long friendships. Congratulations to Nancy Clawson, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Associate Member of the Year.

OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE OF THE YEAR AWARD Wade Taylor/SiteOne Landscape Supply Sponsored by SiteOne Landscape Supply Currently Wade is a board member for Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and a member of ALCA’s Member and Public Relations committee. He lives in Phoenix with his wife Heather, and their three children Wilson, Anna and Lewis.

Congratulations to Wade Taylor, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Customer Service of the Year.

Kraig Wilson (left) presented the award to Wade Taylor.

Wade Taylor began his career in irrigation and landscape supply sales 15 years ago when he was hired as a driver for John Deere Landscapes. Wade’s self-starter attitude helped him quickly move up the ranks to counter sales and later store manager. Wade managed the Deer Valley branch of JDL, later SiteOne Landscape Supply, until 2014, when he was promoted to his current position as Key Account Manager. He was a two-time recipient of the Customer Service Award at SiteOne Landscape Supply, and a Branch Manager Action Team (BMAT) member from 2009-2013, working to develop best practices. Wade was the recipient of SiteOne’s 2016 Caveman Outstanding Seller Award and has the club to prove it. Wade excels at creating value and forging long-lasting relationships with his customers.

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How RDO Equipment Co. Built a Business in the Construction World


DO Equipment Co. is often thought of as an agriculture equipment dealer. While the company did start with green iron, today, there’s a lot more to the business than that. The company has grown outside the rows of corn, onions, and strawberries, and built a foundation in the dirt, land, and roads of the construction industry. 37 RDO Equipment Co. stores sell construction equipment. According to 2017 financials, construction equipment makes up 46% of the company’s business.

It would be easy to say founder Ron Offutt’s decision to expand RDO Equipment Co. beyond agriculture equipment was a smart one and leave it at that. But the road to success in the construction industry was a bit longer and certainly included a few bumps along the way.

Entering and Expanding

Lon Kindseth, Director of CE Inventory, has worked for RDO Equipment Co. since the company entered the construction industry. Kindseth’s father owned the business that, in 1989, became the very first RDO Equipment Co. construction stores in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, and Minot, ND. RDO Equipment Co.’s first expansion outside of North Dakota was in November 1990, with stores in Burnsville, Rochester, and Sauk Rapids, MN, closely followed in June of 1992, with the store in Sioux Falls, SD. Also in 1992, RDO Equipment Co. leadership looked to push construction growth further and acquired three stores in Arizona: Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson. Since then, the company has added construction stores in California, Montana, and Texas. Beyond the early expansions, RDO Equipment Co. has continued to invest in its construction equipment business. In 2015, a new facility was built in McKinney, TX, and became the company’s first to achieve LEED certification. To better serve the growing Phoenix metro area, a


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new location was built in Chandler, AZ in 2016. And just last year, a new store in Riverside, CA was built, more than doubling the space of the original facility.

Grading the Bumps

Though it may seem like RDO Equipment Co. entered the construction industry and it was nothing but smooth roads along the way, the journey didn’t come without rough areas. In fact, one of the earliest challenges in the construction industry was also a result of RDO Equipment Co.’s biggest success – its reputation as an agriculture equipment dealer. “We did get pushback from customers who assumed we were only an ag dealer and only knew that industry,” he said. “It was up to us to prove and continually show them that we were just as focused on construction and would be the best partner for their business.” While nothing happens overnight, Lon credits the hard work of team members and RDO Equipment Co.’s focus on continuous improvement with building up the company to that level that it became known, respected, and trusted as a construction equipment partner.

What’s to Come in Construction

While Kindseth has seen tremendous change, growth, and innovation throughout his years in the equipment industry, he knows there’s more to come. “It’s going to be harder for our customers to hire operators and technicians, so machines and technology are going to have to do more,” he said. While the problem of finding qualified workers is one Kindseth recognizes, it’s also one that puzzles him. “This industry is so rewarding,” he explained. “Take an individual who wants to be creative and aggressive, and this is the place.” Perhaps Kindseth’s words will inspire the next service technician, parts specialist, or the next generation of construction equipment enthusiasts. RDO Equipment Co. is celebrating 50 years! Learn more about our history at


The Synthetic Grass Store/Arizona Turf Masters


tephen Mull and Doug Porter were friends long before they started Arizona Turf Masters. Doug was working in the construction / pool building industry, Stephen was building custom homes and his lovely wife Bonnie Mull, was in the real estate market. As market conditions were pretty unstable in 2007-2008, it was a pretty risky time for this trio to take on opening a new business but they did it anyway!!!

How it started

The journey began when Stephen was looking at artificial turf for their home; he needed something that was “Rabbit Proof”. So Stephen began his research, and was amazed by the number of benefits to the products, and environmental advantages to installing artificial turf. Stephen was surprised to find that there were long wait times to get an estimate and even longer wait times to have the grass installed; and saw an opportunity for a new business venture. To this day, Stephen, Doug and Bonnie remember their uncertain beginnings in the artificial grass business with Doug alluding to the “many long, hard grueling days, with 5 am starts and 9 pm finishes that it took to build their business from the ground up to the success it is today”. There was so much to learn about this product and how to professionally install it. They knew the key was to find the best products produced by a manufacturer they could trust. In the early days Doug was running construction, Stephen was doing most of the sales while Bonnie was behind the scenes driving marketing. As with most small business owners, they understood their personal involvement would be the cornerstone of their success and vision. Within the first year of Arizona Turf Masters opening, the owner team knew there were inefficiencies in the current process for Arizona Turf Masters and even for their competitors. They were driving all over town to obtain the materials they needed for installations, they knew they could make it even better by offering all the products in one location - This is how “The Synthetic Grass Store” was born. The mission of The Synthetic Grass Store was to enable Arizona Turf Masters and other landscape contractors and homeowners to have access to the amazing products that Steve, Doug and Bonnie had fallen in love with. In the early days, as described by ASU alumni, Bonnie, “we did all of the work; we were driving forklifts, cutting grass, lifting 100 lb. bags of sand into trucks, pushing wheelbarrows, and shoveling rock. We were the bookkeepers at night and the sales staff during the day, greeting customers coming through our doors, building our customer base.” They began building their team with one of their first hires; Mary Clanton, who has been an active ALCA member and a smiling face you see at many of the ALCA events. Mary explains, “We really were able to start with a very modest team of dedicated people. It’s quite amazing to look

around at how Arizona Turf Masters and The Synthetic Grass Store family has grown. We now run a team of upwards of 30 knowledgeable employees and The Synthetic Grass Store now has 6 convenient locations throughout Phoenix, Tucson and Southern California. We are so proud to announce our most recent addition of our new warehouse and showroom in Avondale Arizona”. Stephen attributes the success of Arizona Turf Masters and The Synthetic Grass Store to “starting small, growing with integrity but always being dedicated to our customers. We strive to gain our customers respect by standing behind the products and services we are known for within the synthetic grass industry”, this is how Stephen, Doug and Bonnie envision the continued growth and success of the companies. If we have not had an opportunity to meet, we invite you to visit one of our showrooms and support your local grass dealer. Stephen, Doug & Bonnie Arizona Turf Masters and The Synthetic Grass Store January/February 2019






he construction industry utilizes contractors at a high rate when compared to other industries. It’s not surprising then that employers in this industry are often selected for audits or investigations regarding employment liability. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has grouped the common law factors into three major categories when determining an employeremployee relationship. They are behavioral controls, financial controls, and the overall relationship between both parties. Under these categories, there are factors a federal representative will inquire about to assist in determining worker classification. The following are the significant factors that are considered:

Behavioral Controls How is the job acquired?

• In construction, contractors often obtain the job through a bid or estimate. Thus, the contractor determines the cost to complete the job and potential revenue. • An employee, however, obtains the job through a job advertisement or job posting. An employee submits a resume, is interviewed by the employing unit, and the employing unit determines the rate of pay even if the amount of pay is negotiated. Who determines how the service(s) are performed?

• A contractor is told the end results of the job and may be given a deadline to complete the job but is otherwise free to follow his own pattern of work. In addition, personal performance is not required because a contractor has the authority to hire, train, and supervise his own assistants without prior consent from the employing unit. • An employee generally receives training from the employing unit, receives specific instructions on how to perform the job, and is subject to supervision. In other terms, the




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Contractors vs. Employee – What is the Correct Classification?

employing unit is expecting the employee to follow its procedures in order to accomplish the results in a particular manner. Also, an employee may need prior approval from the employing unit to provide similar services to other entities. Who determines when the services are rendered?

• A contractor generally negotiates a schedule and deadline with its clients. • An employee, however, generally performs the service during the employer’s business hours or must follow a schedule established by the employer.

Financial Controls Significant investment in assets and operating expenses.

amount and for business use only. There isn’t a cost consensus to help determine if an asset is a significant investment. However, items like hammers, hand-saws, and cordless drills would be considered common tools of the trade and not significant. • A contractor also has recurring business expenses, such as rent expense, overhead, and payroll expense which puts them in a position to realize a profit or loss. • When the individual is an employee, the employer provides all of the tools, supplies, and equipment and the employer is also responsible for all operating expenses. This puts the employee in a position to realize income only for services rendered and is monetarily dependent on the employer.

• A contractor generally provides all of the Reimbursed expenses tools, equipment, and personnel needed to • A Contractor is responsible for all incurred complete the job. However, the tools and expenses when performing the service(s). equipment must be of significant dollar Whereas an employee is generally reim-

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(A.A.C.) R6-3-1723. The factors listed under the code are grouped into two categories: control, under (D) (2) (a) through (l); and independence, under (E) (1) through (6). In addition, other factors not listed under (D) or (E) may also be Does the Contractor make his services available to the general public? considered under Subsection (F) in determin• By advertising his/her services, either ing whether the employer exercised sufficient through business cards, flyers, company control over the worker’s services to constitute website, newspaper ads, etc., the contractor employment. is being active in soliciting additional work It should be noted that the factors largely mirfor their entity which is an indicator of being ror the IRS common law factors and, therefore, independent. the analysis of whether a worker is an independent contractor or employee is similar.

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Overall Relationship

Other factors to consider in addition to the significant factors noted above are the following: Benefits offered/received from the employing unit?

An individual who receives paid time-off, who is covered under the employing unit’s liability insurance, receives periodic pay raises or bonuses, and other similar benefits will generally be classified as an employee. A contractor is not given the opportunity to participate in or offered such benefits because, once again, they are responsible for all operating costs. The extent to which the service(s) is an important part or process of the employing unit’s regular business activity.

• Example 1: An individual who personally performs contractor services as a Dental Assistant at a dentist office, uses company equipment to perform the service, has no control over the rate of pay, and has no discretion over what work to accept or deny, would be determined to be an employee. • Example 2: A Plumber fixing an overflowing toilet at a dentist office and who uses his own tools, controls the time when the repair will happen, sets his own rates, and decides the best way to fix the problem, would be properly classified a contractor. • Moreover, Dentistry and Plumbing are two distinct industries.


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The permanency of the relationship. Is it an ongoing relationship? Is there intent to continue a working relationship?

• An employee does not have to perform services on a full-time or part-time basis. An employee can perform services on a temporary, seasonal, or even on an as needed basis; depending on the employing unit’s industry and operations. Stating to an individual that he or she will receive Form 1099 for services rendered is generally not sufficient for independent contractor classification. Thus, the three categories mentioned above should be noted by business owners and human resources personnel when searching for contractors and/or employees. With regard to Arizona Employment Security Law, the employer-employee relationship is codified under Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 23-613.01 and the Arizona Administrative Code


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ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis

T Horizon Launches Series on Labor Saving Products

wo ACLP Plant Problem Diagnosis workshops were presented in October 2018 by Kasey Billingsley of Harmony Horticultural Consulting, Wes Reinke of ILM and Jeff Payne with Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Students learned to differentiate between abiotic and biotic disorders, identify common weeds and insect damage along with their control methods, and to identify plant nutrient deficiencies. Student comments: “Best ALCA class I’ve attended!”, “Giving valuable information on plant problems and treatments.”

Focuses on easy solutions to relieve labor pain


n response to the labor crisis impacting the green industry, Horizon Distributors is launching a new program focused on laborsaving products developed to help landscape professionals reduce their dependence on manual labor and reduce labor costs. According to Mary Martinez, Director of Marketing for Horizon, the purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness for products that, while not new, have not yet been fully embraced by the landscape industry. “We hear over and over from our customers that they have been hamstringed by the current labor environment,” explains Martinez. “Our intent was to identify solutions and help green industry professionals use the tools available to help fight the labor shortage.” Products in the campaign include everything from wide deck mowers to WiFi controllers, and services like Horizon’s 24/7 online ordering platform, created to reduce the amount of time landscapers spend picking up supplies every day. Each campaign steps through time savings, cost savings, and results. The campaign will be launching across several digital platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and their website Horizon plans to continue to add to the campaign by featuring marketing materials to help landscapers sell some of these products to their clients. To learn more about the campaign, visit http:// labor-saving-solutions-from-horizon For more information about Horizon, visit




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ACLP Safety & Tools


n October 25, 2018, Bob Franchetto with Horizon and DPS Officer Chase Livingston presented the ACLP Safety & Tools workshop to the students. Updated laws regarding truck and trailer compliance brought up many questions that were covered by Trooper Livingston. Bob led a lively presentation regarding the many safety hazards we come across in our industry and how to stay safe on the job. Student comments: “highly informed instructors” “Putting the fear of God back in me!”

Sustainable Landscape Management


t was another full house for our members-only Sustainable Landscape Management certification workshop on November 9 at ALCA. The workshop was presented by Janet Waibel, the author of Sustainable Landscape Management – Standards for Care in the Desert Southwest, the handbook that each student receives as part of the workshop. After attending the 4-hour workshop and passing the online exam, students are SLM certified for 2 years and their names appear on the ALCA website under SLM Certified Professionals.

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n November 7, Tree Health Care was presented by Claud Cluff of the City of Chandler, Rick Robinson of Stillwater Landscape Management and Kasey Billingsley of Harmony Horticultural Consulting. This advanced workshop covered the benefits of trees, tree anatomy and physiology, the top 10 tree killers, PGRs, soil conditions impacting tree health, and construction protection techniques. Student comments: “Providing additional perspectives and possible solutions to everyday issues” and “Covered all aspects affecting trees”.



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Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock Sponsors the ALCA Holiday Party

Cox Cactus Farm Sponsors ALCA Member Mixer



ith over 100 people in attendance, ALCA members and guests enjoyed the festive and popular holiday mixer at Lucille’s in Tempe Marketplace on December 12th. Lucky individuals took home some fabulous raffle prizes provided by the Cutting Edge Curbing team. Winners of the ugly Christmas sweater contest were Andy Zwick (3rd place), Ben Schottke (2nd place) and the 1st place ugliest sweater winner went to Tomás Payet. Christine Londen won the 50/50 raffle sharing the $1,200 pot. $600 of the proceeds was donated to the Arizona Baptist Children’s Services & Family Ministries for foster children in need. With nearly 14,000 Arizona children in foster care, there is a critical need for foster families to care for them across the state. 33% of the children in foster care have been in outof-home care for 13 – 24 months. ABCS was founded in 1960 as a home for displaced children. More than 50 years later, they are a faith-based non-profit with one mission: to provide hope and care to hurting children and families through Christ-centered ministries. Cutting Edge Curbing Sand & Rock is a leading provider of landscape materials throughout Arizona. We pride ourselves on producing top-quality products to supply professional landscapers, construction companies and independent contractors as well as residential homeowners. We offer Valleywide delivery directly to your project site. Our showroom is located at 7540 N 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301. We invite you to come down and explore our wide variety of landscaping materials. We are confident that we can provide you with the perfect option for whatever your project entails. Contact us at: 602-353-1020 or email Terre Caraway, Sales Manager - 602-663-0102 Marty Monroy, General Manager - 623-261Courtney Nielsen presents 2032 $600 check to ABCS.

eventy ALCA members attended the Phoenix Member Mixer held at Majerle’s Sports Grill at Desert Ridge on October 17.

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COX CACTUS FARM is the place to go for ALL your plant needs. Haven’t heard of us? Do you live under a rock? Well, we’re awesome, and let me tell you why… We have the most extensive availability of top-quality cactus, agaves, aloes, and other specimen material in the great State of Arizona. Yeah, I went there… bold, bold statement. We also have a broad availability of shrubs, trees, and palms for the parts of your project that are just a little less exciting… not to say our plants aren’t exciting. They’re THE BOMB of unexciting plants. What we don’t have, we WILL find for you… if it exists, anyway. When you call asking for a Weber’s Blue Flame Variegated Smooth Agave Agave weberi attenuata desmettiana variegated (#truestory), well, we’re going to laugh at you. But we will laugh in front of you, not behind your back… because, we’re cool like that. We really hate to say no… if we can make it happen, we will. That includes deliveries. If you call us today, there’s a 97.78% chance we can deliver it tomorrow. Sometimes, sometimes, we can even do a same-day delivery… if the odds are in your favor. AND if you come with Starbuck’s/ donuts/tacos in hand. We all love our jobs here at Cox Cactus… we have a ton of fun and we love our customers. Each salesperson works off a cell phone so you get direct access to your sales rep. You need a picture now? We will have it texted over to you quickly. Don’t go looking at our website because we don’t post pictures there. You won’t find our availability there either. If you want to know what we have now, call us or text us. If you move at a little less than the speed of cellular technology, then email us. Follow us on social media for more photos…. Instagram: @coxcactusfarmaz Facebook: @coxcactusfarm My job here is done. I hope that I have successfully convinced/reminded you of why Cox Cactus should be your FIRST phone call each and every time.

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Chapman has been in the commercial truck business for over 30 years, and we’re still family owned and operated. That means you can count on an old-fashioned commitment to quality, service and caring. Things that seem to be missing in business lately. But at Chapman, we’ve always placed a higher value on reputation than on finances. Maybe that’s why we’ve got the highest customer service index in Arizona. We lease and sell the best commercial vehicles available. We back them up with the best customer service in the Valley, including dedicated commercial service facilities. Plus, we respect and appreciate your bottom line, so we make the deal fit. And we do it all with a big smile and a warm handshake. Yes, you can buy or lease a truck anywhere. But there’s only one Chapman Experience.


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