Phil Harwood, MBA, CSP, LIC is a managing partner with GrowTheBench.com, one of three companies he has founded since retiring from a successful landscape & snow management career.
Phil holds an Executive MBA with honors and Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing, both from Michigan State University. He was nominated "Alumnus of the Decade" by Michigan State's Executive MBA Program. In addition, he is a Certified Snow Professional, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, National Association of Landscape Professionals Trailblazer, and Landscape Ontario Preferred Consultant.
Phil is a management consultant, frequent guest speaker, and contributing writer for several publications and websites. His consulting firm, Pro-Motion Consulting, has been recognized twice by the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) with the prestigious Snow Industry Commitment Award.
Neal Glatt, CSP, ASM is a managing partner with GrowTheBench.com. In his career as a snow contractor, Neal joined Case Snow Management, Inc. as an Account Executive in 2010. The company owned a single pick-up truck and had annual revenues of less than $1 million. Leading the sales effort and serving as part of the leadership team, Neal helped the company exceed $40 million in annual sales before beginning his own coaching practice in 2017. During that time, Neal discovered the power of focusing on strengths and the ability of strong leadership to influence amazing results. His passion is to help other people also find fulfillment and success in life. He is a Certified Strengths Coach through Gallup and a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer.
Neal earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Marketing and Spanish from Northern Michigan University. He is a regular columnist for Snow Business magazine and lives in Hopkinton, MA. Neal ran the Boston Marathon in 2018 and is currently training for the 2019 Boston Marathon, both times for well-deserving charities. You can learn more about Neal at www.NealGlatt.com.
Leslie Boomer is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and the Publisher of Snow Business magazine for the Snow & Ice Management Association. Leslie also has an additional certification for executive coaching from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
The program at Weatherhead focuses on the coaching orientation of intentional development for resonant leadership, grounded in the development of emotional and social intelligence competencies. This orientation utilizes the Intentional Change Theory work of faculty member Richard Boyatzis Ph.D., a prominent researcher in leadership and emotional intelligence.
Leslie trained at the GALLUP campus in Omaha, Nebraska as a Strengths Coach to facilitate CliftonStrengths assessment for one-on-one coaching as well as team workshops. The Gallup Certification was earned in 2014 – renewed in 2016 at the Gallup Strengths Summit and will renew again at the 2018 Summit for continuing education surrounding building on innate talent and strength.
Leslie is also trained to teach essential workplace communication skills using the PREP Winning the Workplace Challenge curriculum that can be used for training at every organizational level.
Josh Ferguson is a Partner in the Tort and Catastrophic Loss, Construction and Design Law and Commercial Litigation/Directors & Officers groups at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP. Josh serves as general counsel for a wide variety of businesses, including those in the construction, property management, snow and ice management, and landscaping industries.
Josh regularly advises clients on pending legislation at the Federal and State levels. He has drafted legislation on behalf of various industries, and has testified in Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before House Committees.
Josh has presented seminars and has been a keynote speaker at events throughout the United States and has appeared on a variety of radio and online programs. He has also published articles in diverse legal and trade association publications and serves as an Arbitrator/Mediator in Pennsylvania.
Josh lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia. He is a volunteer attorney at Support Center for Child Advocates. You can learn more about Josh and contact him here.
Grant Harrison is president at Nextra Consulting based out on Ontario, Canada and has been in the landscape industry since he was 15 years old. Grant will be overseeing GrowTheBench peer groups and providing educational content.
Grant opened his own landscape design/build business. Grant dealt with the burden of cash flow, staff management, customer expectations, growing pains, lack of support, balancing working in the business with working on the business and trying to balance family life in the midst of it all. Grant knows the business ownership side of the industry. Personally.
Most recently, Grant has worked in both franchise and branch systems. Grant has been instrumental in building structure, processes, accountability, and standardization to help these businesses grow leaner, stronger and more profitable. He knows the support side of the industry.
Grant is convinced that creating a strong team, knowing your numbers and establishing a network of support is foundational to business growth and personal success. Grant is a believer in constantly learning, asking questions and using technology. He has a passion to see business owners and their staff experience success and satisfaction in the industry that he knows and loves.
Kevin Gilbride is the Executive Director of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA). He started in the snow industry in 1996 as part of the team that launched what is today Snow Magazine. Deeply passionate about the snow and industry and the issues that face today’s professional snow and ice management companies, Kevin brings a level of experience from the business side that benefits ASCA membership.
Initially entering the publishing industry as a sales representative for Lawn & Landscape magazine, Kevin moved his way up the ranks of GIE Media, Inc. into a management role including Group Publisher of Lawn & Landscape, Golf Course Industry, and Snow Magazine. Along the way, he led the successful launches of Snow Magazine, Interior Business, and Commercial Dealer magazines, as well as the successful re-launch of Golf Course News, and its transition to Golf Course Industry magazine.
Kevin established exclusive partnerships with Mills Insurance to bring unique insurance products to the professional snow and ice management industry. As Executive Director of the ASCA, Kevin is committed to helping drive our industry to new levels, and getting the outside world to recognize both the professionalism that exists in the industry and the unfairness that the outside world places on your business.