Improving Your Hardscape Business: Estimating, Equipment and Efficiencies
Plan for success in 2015. Join Bill Gardocki and Don Hines for a day geared to owners and managers of hardscape businesses. The day will focus on improving your hardscape business and feature sessions on planning and estimating, equipment and safety.
Bill Gardocki is the owner of Interstate Landscape Co., Inc. in Londonderry NH. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with degrees in Education and Horticulture. He is a past president of the NH Landscape Association, The Greater Derry Chamber of Commerce, and the Londonderry Friends of Music. Bill has been installing hardscapes for 40 years. He is an ICPI and NCMA Certification Instructor and teaches the Landscape Construction course at the Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire. Bill is also a monthly contributor to Hardscape Magazine, where he writes articles based on the contractor’s perspective to industry related issues. Bill has been a featured speaker at Hardscape North America (HNA), the Mid-Atlantic Hardscape Show (MAHTS), and New England Grows. He also provides hardscape installation seminars to sales reps and contractors in the hardscape and softscape industry.
Planning and Estimating Hardscapes For Profit
Many residential Hardscape installers do not have the luxury of having a sales person on staff. That job often falls to the owner/operator who is generally running an installation crew as well. Most installers have little or no sales experience and learn on the fly. How do you set yourself apart from all of the others? This seminar focuses on five areas that help set you apart from the competition: advertising, the telephone pre-qualifying interview, the onsite meeting, the quote, and the follow up are discussed in detail.
The Equipment of Today vs. The Dinosaurs of Yesterday
The old saying “having the right tool for the job” certainly applies to Hardscaping. The tools and equipment of today are more efficient and productive than ever. Spend some time with Bill and review the cutting-edge tools, construction equipment and trucks that can help increase your field production and profits. Why switch-n-go truck bodies are making the dump truck a dinosaur How to determine the right size piece of equipment for the task at hand How heavier compaction equipment can add dollars to your bottom line Ask Bill about his toys….
Donny Hines is currently the safety specialist for MN/ND Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and has held this position since May, 2011. He is an authorized outreach OSHA construction trainer and a certified NCCER instructor. Prior to ABC, he was the safety director for a large construction company in central Minnesota for ten years. Donny has served on the National ABC Safety Committee and currently oversees the MN/ND ABC Safety Committee. Most of his time is spent conducting safety training and jobsite safety audits to assist companies in creating the very best safety culture. Donny has over 28 years of safety experience and continues working with contractors to enhance their safety programs along with ABC’s STEP program and a partnership program with MNOSHA.
Creating an Injury Free Safety Culture
In this session attendees will learn what it takes to prevent injuries by creating a safety culture through toolbox talks, near miss reporting, conforming to safety policies and the new OSHA recordkeeping standards.
Safety Training – What Does That Look Like?
In this session we will look at safety training topics such as PPE (personal protective equipment), safe lifting techniques, etc. for landscape professionals.
This program has been approved for NCMA recertification credits.
Morning coffee and lunch are included with your registration.
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