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2024 NMNLA President's Message

By Doug Bonnell, General Manager, TruNorth Landscaping, LLC

Dear NMNLA Members,

It is truly an honor to write my first message as President of the NMNLA. I think that we would all agree that we have been experiencing one of the more unusual winters in some time in northern Michigan. We have seen reduced snowfall totals, unusually mild temperatures, along with 50+ degree temperature swings within 12 hours. We have seen frost laws come into effect on February 1st. All of this has indeed presented some challenges but has also presented some unexpected opportunities for all of us to take advantage of. The ability to continue hardscape projects and get an early jump on the maintenance season are just a couple of these opportunities.

I hope that you have been able to find time to recharge your proverbial batteries and reignite your passion for the industry that we all love. Hopefully you have had the opportunity to reflect on the 2023 season and celebrate your successes, take note of your opportunities for improvement, and formulate a plan to implement the changes you would like to make.

I would like to thank Donn Vidosh Jr. for being the driving force behind the estimating and budgeting workshop held at Pine Hill Nursery on February 22nd. A special thanks to Sean Baxter for making the trip to northern Michigan to share his expertise with all of us, and Pine Hill Nursery for generously offering to host the event. Over 50 people attended the event and a lot of valuable information and open conversations were shared among all of the participants. It is our desire collectively as your Board of the NMNLA to continue to offer to you real world, meaningful opportunities to sharpen your skills and expand your knowledge. Your input and involvement is important to keep us tuned in to what is important to you.

I hope that your 2024 season is one of safety for all, goals achieved and continued learning. In closing, I would like to share this quote by Michale Jordan: "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."


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