2009 CLCA Convention: Las Vegas. Save The Dates: November 11-14 At The M Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada

Members Got Ready For The Comeback During The 2009 Annual Convention

Members of the California Landscape Contractors Association got ready for the comeback during the association's Annual Convention in Las Vegas in mid-November. Held at the luxurious M Resort, the convention gave attendees the tools and information they needed to profit in the months ahead.

Event Highlights


One of the highlights of the convention was the networking opportunities, where members could share information and strategies with colleagues who were not their competitors. Although it is claimed that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," in actuality attendees were given a wide range of information that they could take home and put to immediate use.


Keynote Speaker Barry Wisher (at right, shown with Ted Sandrowski) offered practical business tips and practices to help attendees "get ready for the comeback."


Frank Niccoli explained how "sustainable is obtainable" and offered bottom-line beneficial tips on reducing your carbon footprint and managing resources more efficiently.


Doug Bennett, the Southern Nevada Water Authority's Conservation Manager, shared that sustainability can mean profitability for contractors. "When you figure out how to do these things well (save water) you become more valuable to your clients and push out the mow, blow and go guys who can't adapt."


Another success was the appearance of Elvis himself during a luncheon honoring new Life Members and others for their service to the association. "Viva Las Vegas! Viva CLCA!," he exclaimed as he presented the first-ever CLCA President's Award to Kevin Fairchild (At right, with Elvis / Heath Bedal).


During the convention, members discussed the state of the association, approved the new three year plan and elected new leaders. New office holders on the 2010 Board of Directors include President Bill Schnetz, CLP (at left, shaking hands with President-Elect Bob Wade, CLP, CLIA. Others elected include Steve Jacobs, CLP, CLT, Director of Education; Shari Collins, Director of Legislation; and Frank Niccoli, Director of Resource Management.


The Trophy Awards ceremony was also a great place to socialize (Steven Kinzler shares a moment with Lisbet and Alfonso Castillo, Jr.) and enjoy excellence in landscaping.


Rodney Whitacre-Morimoto (right) of Jensen Landscape & Construction Co. accepts the "best of show" Stuart J. Sperber Memorial Sweepstakes Trophy Award from Rick LaMantain. The Valley Crest Tree Company sponsored the award.

All in all, a successful convention, preparing members for the comeback. How will the Events Committee top this? "Who knows?" shrugs Lori Schnetz (at right in picture 9 with Heath Bedal). Plan on finding out at the CLCA Summer Family Extravaganza, to be held July 21-24 in San Jose. "Viva Las Vegas! Viva CLCA!"