Interview with Wickie Rowland

Interview with Wickie Rowland

 

In a recent interview with Wickie Rowland, APLD of Labrie Associates Design & Build, our own Joe Salemi asks Wickie how she got started as a professional landscape designer, how she stays motived, where she draws her inspiration from, and how she decided to move forward with DynaSCAPE as her landscape design software of choice.

Wickie has recently achieved her certification with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers!

Wickie Rowland has been drawing ever since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her landscape design work has been featured in KLC School of Design’s 2011, 2012, and 2013 London shows, and she won two bronze medals in the KLC School of Design’s 2013 Alumni competition, designing two gardens for the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. She was the recipient of the APLD Silver Award for the modified rain garden in 2017. On the other side of the competition coin, Wickie has also been a judge of the Boston Flower Show.

Besides using her drawing skills to design gardens, Wickie has written and illustrated two children’s books, Good Morning Strawbery Banke (which won first place in the New England Museum Association’s Publications competition in 2011) and Good Morning, Piscataqua, released in May of 2014.

Interview With Matt Hiner

Interview With Matt Hiner

 

In a recent interview with Matt Hiner of Hiner Landscapes in Colorado Springs, CO, our own Joe Salemi asks Matt how he got into the landscape business, what he has done to surround himself with a great team, and what drew him to DynaSCAPE. Matt referenced a great book, titled “The Great Game of Business” which is a very helpful business coaching system (https://www.greatgame.com).

Elite Award Winner for Innovation from the Association Landscape Contractors of Colorado!

Hiner Landscapes may not have invented 3D design, but they have definitely pioneered a design process that takes full advantage of its capabilities to provide a positive and informative experience. Their ground-breaking efforts earned us The ELITE Award for Innovation from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado last year. Using several software programs together, Hiner is able to create a photo-realistic, animated fly-through video of a design concept. Illustrating the design in a way that 2D cannot. For professional landscape design, consultation and installation, more local homeowners are choosing Hiner Landscapes over any other landscape design/build firm in the area. They are the only firm that works laterally with their clients every step of the way to ensure their landscaping needs are met while upholding their high standards of professionalism and excellence.

Interview with Christian Brown

Interview with Christian Brown

In a recent interview with Christian Brown of Perfect Landscapes, our own Joe Salemi asks Christian how he got into the landscape business, what he has done to surround himself with a great team, and what drew him to DynaSCAPE.

Perfect Landscapes is the leader in custom residential and commercial landscape maintenance, design and installation for Northern Virginia.

They take pride in transforming your outdoor space into a usable, and enjoyable place that you will want to use every day and that will increase the value of your home and appeal of your business. Perfect Landscapes provides their clientele with formidable quality, design and service. The vision of the firm’s qualified professionals is to create new and innovative landscape architecture, while preserving the sanctity of traditional landscapes.

Sophisticated Business System for Professional Landscape Companies

Sophisticated Business System for Professional Landscape Companies

In this multifaceted webinar series you will see how Manage360 is ideally suited for professional landscape companies looking for a robust business system that will significant streamline operations, reducing hours spent on tedious tasks, and focusing on where the profit really is. This webinar series will be presented live and will be recorded so that you may review it at your convenience.

Webinar 1: Orientation, Budgeting, and Configuring for Success

This webinar provides an overview of how to navigate through Manage360, the budgeting process, and how Manage360 is configured for success.

Webinar 2: Managing Your Sales Pipeline for Success

In this webinar, we have a great sales discussion and look at how Manage360 helps you document your sales framework, ensure everyone is on task, nothing slips through the cracks, walking an opportunity through your sales pipeline, and reporting on activities.

Webinar 3: Systemize and Streamline Your Estimating

In this webinar, we dive into setting up your costbook for labor, materials, equipment, kits, and services and then outline how to estimate accurately and efficiently in Manage360.

Webinar 4: Managing Your Production

In this webinar, we look at managing the phases of your jobs, setting up your schedules for your crews, exporting purchase orders, tracking time and materials, the job costing process.

Webinar 5: Billing and Reporting Efficiencies

In this webinar, we look at how to manage your billing in Manage360 and how it connects to QuickBooks Desktop. We also look at the reports available to you to make sound operational decisions.

New Manage360 Feature! Bulk Plant Matching


On the Plants Costbook page, there is now an option to filter plants that are unmatched to the Online Plants Database. In the filter dropdown, check off ‘Show only Unmatched’ and click ‘Apply Filter’.

A new column has been added to the Plants Costbook page, indicating whether a plant has been matched to an entry in the Online Plants Database. The OPD column shows a broken link for unmatched plants, and a link for matched plants.

On the Plants Costbook page, you can now link individual plants to a Online Plants Database entry by clicking on the new link icon in the OPD column. This opens the Match Plant popup from the Plant Culture tab.

The Match Plant popup, available on the Plant Culture tab and the Plants Costbook page now displays the botanical name of the plant in the header.

On the Plants Costbook page, there is now an option to match plants to the Online Plants Database automatically in bulk. After selecting a number of plants, click the ‘Match to OPD’ option under ‘Common Actions’. This opens a new popup with a couple options. The ‘Include Proven Winners’ checkbox allows the inclusion/exclusion of Proven Winners plants from the matching. The ‘Previously Matched’ dropdown selects how to handle plants already matched to a OPD entry. After running the match, an alert will display how many entries were successfully matched automatically.

Strategic Financial Leadership Webinar Series

Strategic Financial Leadership Webinar Series

Our host, Steve Coughran from the Coltivar Group, offers some interesting insight into what you’ll get from this incredible FREE 3-part webinar series!

In this collaboration between DynaSCAPE Software and the Coltivar Group, we will unpack some timely and very relevant topics through this completely free webinar series. Landscape industry consultant and financial expert, Steve Coughran, and Joe Salemi, DynaSCAPE’s Product Marketing Manager will bring some of the most pertinent business information to you. It’s our way of bringing you the best in landscape business information.

STRATEGIC FINANCIAL LEADERSHIP WEBINAR SERIES is approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. For more information on the National Association of Landscape Professionals recertification, please visit the NALP Recertification Center at landscapeprofessionals.org.

Part 1: Emerging Technologies in the Landscape Industry

What you need to know to thrive!

September 7, 2017 | 1:30 PM EST

The landscape industry is struggling with labor shortages, rising costs, increased competition, and changing customer preferences.  However, companies are trying to solve new problems with old strategies.  Learn how selecting a strong strategy and incorporating the right technology can improve productivity, employee retention, cash flow, and overall customer experience.

Part 2: Financial Principles Landscape Companies Must Know to Boost Cash Flow

September 14, 2017 | 1:30 PM EST

70 percent of companies that go bankrupt are profitable when they close their doors. Surprised?? This is due to the fact that companies neglect key financial principles such as forecasting, pricing, cash flow management, and financial statement analysis.  In this webinar, we will discuss the 4 levers that help boost profitability, cash flow management, building a financial dashboard, and the 3 financial statements you must review.

Part 3: Strategies to Survive the Cyclical Nature of the Landscape Industry

September 21, 2017 | 1:30 PM EST

The landscape industry can be wildly unpredictable and cyclical in nature. This webinar will discuss methods for evaluating the economic market, customer preferences, and cash flow requirements for off-season operations.  We will also examine how companies can improve their competitive advantage through a more lean, agile operating model commingled with the right technology.

About our host

Steve Coughran

Steve Coughran

Founding Director, Coltivar Group

Steve Coughran is Founder and Director of Strategy at the Coltivar Group, a keynote speaker for national associations and universities, and author of Delivering Value. In his position at Coltivar Group, Steve helps clients on a broad range of issues including strategy, organizational structure, financial management, and operational effectiveness.

At the University of Denver, Steve teaches a course entitled “Strategic Financial Leadership” which combines his research and real world consulting experience to create an effective learning environment for students.

As an entrepreneur, Steve has launched award-winning firms in the construction industry. He remains active in the community and has served on the Associate Council of the AGC, State Board of Directors for the green industry, as an active member of CAMPC, and as a leader in Impact Denver.  He applies his industry experience and financial acumen gained from working with million and billion dollar firms at Ernst & Young to help companies capitalize on their strengths and create superior value by performing activities in a unique way.

Steve is a CPA and earned his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he studied abroad in China, Chile, India, and Germany. Steve graduated with his M.S. in accountancy from the University of Denver. He advanced his specialization in strategy through study at the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Areas of expertise:

  • Innovative strategy design and implementation
  • Strategic financial leadership
  • Financial management and business valuation
  • Customer experience strategy
  • Pricing and estimating strategies
  • Competing on business analytics

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