Meet our speakers

Jim Anderson

Premiere Landscape Services, Inc.

Jim Anderson is the Senior Project Manager for Premiere Landscape Services located in S.E. Michigan. Prior to this Jim was the Operations and Production Manager for a top 100 snow contractor for 22 years. In 2004 Jim received SIMA’s Employee of the Year Award and in 2012 a special recognition award from ASCA for leadership, contributions and attention to detail for his participation in authoring the professional snow and ice industry’s written Industry Standards. Jim is also a certified handler of his registered therapy dog Luther and spends time volunteering in hospitals and medical facilities as a Pet Therapy team.

Rick Bell

Arctic Snow and Ice Control, Inc.

Rick Bell has been the General Manager at Arctic Snow and Ice control for the past 10 Years. He Graduated CUM LAUD from Colorado Technical University where he earned his B.S. in Operational Management. Rick has over 25 years of operation’s management experience, 15 years of that at AT&T as construction/infrastructure Area Manager. Rick is currently a member of the ASCA Industry Standards Committee, holds his ASCA-C certificate and has successfully completed Arctic’s ISO SN9000:2012 with Design certification. Rick is also a Team Leader, Volunteer and fundraiser for Chicagoland’s Les Turner ALS Foundation.

Matt Boelman

Perficut Companies

Matt is the Executive Vice President of Perficut Companies and is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the firm through three corporate offices in Iowa and Nebraska. Matt is dedicated to developing new technologies to improve the capacity and profitability of the firm, while managing the company’s strategic growth plan, marketing and sales. With Matt’s leadership and strategic vision, the company has grown annual revenue beyond eight figures. Matt’s leadership in the site management industry has been recognized by numerous awards including the “Snow Leadership Award” by ASCA, an organization where Matt also serves as a co-chair to the educational committee. Matt’s entrepreneurial interests also include a central Iowa real estate investment firm and a building equipment supply company.

Tom Canete

Canete Snow Management

Canete Snow management is New Jersey’s first choice in providing winter services for 38 years. From shoveling snow for neighbors as a young boy, to building a business providing snow and ice management, lawn care, landscaping and property maintenance, Tom’s vision was to develop his brand by providing the most comprehensive and highest quality service offerings of any Northern New Jersey competitor. Tom has developed the most efficient and operationally superior snow fighting team in his market through innovation, efficient technologies and best practices.

Chris Carter

Everest Snow Management

Chris joined Everest Snow Management as a Business Development Officer bringing the company new business by using his past experience as a commercial real estate broker. Currently, as Vice President, he is responsible for leading the overall management of the company through his strong business acumen, focusing on strategic planning and the implementation of policies and procedures. Chris works closely with ownership as an integrator to the company, ensuring the ownership’s vision is realized. He also spearheaded the company’s efforts in obtaining the ISO9001SN Certification in 2015 and is active in BOMA Suburban Chicago as the Vice Chair of the Associates Committee. In 2016, he worked with the ASCA team and their efforts to pass Senate Bill 2138 in Springfield Illinois.

Steve Clark

Envirotech Services

Steve Clark joined EnviroTech Services in 2012. International researcher, chemistry consultant, and manufacturing information officer, Steve’s experience enhances the Research and Development team’s skills set. Utilizing his analytical chemistry background, Steve brings instrumentation expertise and testing methodology development to the field scientist group. His current emphasis is to extend laboratory experimentation into real world testing and monitoring. He earned his Analytical Chemistry PhD from the University of Arkansas and completed post-doctoral studies with industrial partner Kabi Pharmacia and the Applied Physics Department at Linköping University in Linköping, Sweden.

Troy Clogg

Troy Clogg Landscape Associates

Troy R. Clogg, ASCA-C CGIP, CSP. Owner of Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, LLC, in Wixom, MI, started his company in 1985. Troy has more than 30 years of knowledge and experience of snow and ice management practices and is recognized as an industry expert. Troy Clogg Landscape Associates is consistently recognized as one of the Top 100 Snow Contractors in North America. Troy is a member of ASCA, MGIA, SIMA, PLANET and VISTAGE International and resides in Brighton, MI.

Tim David

BrightSight Group

Funny, engaging, and sharply insightful, Tim David offers proven answers to some of the most difficult challenges faced while leading others. Among the many topics that will be discussed, David will share his five laws of delegation to ensure work gets done and gets done right; describe the two simple (but contradictory) rules of leadership and how high levels of human connection will bridge the gap; how to implement an eye-opening method for making smart decisions that cuts meeting times by 75 percent; and how to deliver negative feedback in a way that creates movement instead of mutiny.

Patrick Donovan

Classic Landscaping, LLC

With 35 plus years in the Snow Industry as an owner/operator, and 27 years as a Police Officer for the Port Authority of NY and NJ, Pat Donovan possesses a unique skill set and experience level from complete opposite sides of the spectrum which is sure to benefit the snow arena. As a Police Officer, Pat was assigned to an Emergency Services Unit in Staten Island, NY and received a myriad of training throughout his career. Most notable, certified “Fatal Crash Investigator” from North Western University.

On the Landscape/snow side, his credentials include; Licensed NJ Home Improvement Contractor, Licensed NJ Pesticide Applicator, Licensed NJ Pesticide Business, Licensed NJ Plant Dealer, NJ Licensed Fertilizer Applicator, OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER Certified, National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Certified, ICPI Certified, NCMA Certified, Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional, Class A CDL Operators License, member of New Jersey Landscaping Contractors Association, Accredited Snow Contractors Association, Snow Ice Management Association, Commerce and Industry Association of NJ, National Alliance of Landscape Professionals and contributing writer for numerous trade publications.

Josh Ferguson

Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLP

Joshua G. Ferguson is a Partner at the law firm of Freeman, Mathis & Gary. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. He works primarily in the areas of commercial premises, transportation, contract, insurance coverage, and construction defect litigation, and has litigated cases throughout the United States. Mr. Ferguson serves as general counsel for a wide variety of businesses, including those in the construction, snow and ice management, and landscaping industries. Mr. Ferguson 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.

James Flanigan

Trinity Safety Consultants, LLC

James Flanigan is a safety and security professional with close to 25 years’ experience and holds certifications as both an OSHA and USDOT Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspector. Jim has worked for and alongside numerous local, state and federal law enforcement agencies such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Secret Service and the Department of State on numerous joint ventures. Currently, he is the President of Trinity Safety Consultants, LLC located in New Jersey which was founded to assist businesses comply with federal and local regulations and maintain above normal safety ratings.

David J. Frank

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc.

David J. Frank has been an influential figure in the green industry for more than five decades. He has also played a leadership role in developing best practices for snow and ice management, pioneered the use of liquid anti-icers and has two decades of experience using environmentally friendly organic deicing agents. His dedication to safety and process evaluation has earned his firm its ISO SN-9001 certification. During winter storms, DJFLCI routinely deploys 150 trucks, loaders and utility vehicles to service commercial and residential clientele. Planned improvements include innovative service plans that create a marketing advantage and customization of equipment for site-specific conditions. David J. Frank Landscape Contracting has been consistently recognized for its creativity and professionalism in snow and ice management, landscape architecture, commercial contracting, athletic field development, landscape maintenance, interiorscaping and irrigation services.

Kevin Gilbride

Kevin Gilbride

Executive Director
Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA)

In 2010, as Publisher of Snow Magazine, Gilbride and his team launched Snow Magazine's Leadership and Top 100 Conference, a first-of-its-kind, high-end, executive-level education conference. It was at the first conference where industry leaders spoke passionately about the negative impact insurance issues -- namely skyrocketing premiums -- were having on the industry. At the request of industry leaders, Gilbride and Snow Magazine made a thorough assessment of these claims and issues. In August 2011, GIE Media announce the creation of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association, with Gilbride being named Executive Director, the position he holds today. Within a year of the association's inception, the ASCA established the industry's first set of professional standards, developed an educational-based certification program, instituted an ISO9001-based certification program specifically for the professional snow removal industry, and has taken an active stance toward tort reform.

Robert Holmes

Spectrum Weather Insurance

Robert Holmes is President of Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc. Spectrum has grown to become the largest independent weather insurance brokerage in the U.S., and was recently named by Insurance Business America as one of the country’s top specialty insurance brokers. Spectrum offers weather-related insurance products, including rain insurance and event cancellation coverage, to a variety of outdoor events, and specializes in providing snowfall-based insurance to those in the business of snowfall removal. Mr. Holmes earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Robert and his family currently reside near Kansas City, Missouri.

Tammy Johnson

John Allin Consutling

Tammy Johnson has spent over 20 years in the snow and ice management industry. She was the executive director of SIMA for 10 of those years, for a private contracting company for 2 and then as executive director of Snowfighters Institute. When the ASCA introduced industry standards and SN 9001, Tammy jumped at the chance to get involved. She spent time learning the ISO process and became an ISO 9001:2008 lead auditor. This experience auditing manufacturing companies in the quality management standard allowed her to better understand the process that snow and ice management companies would need to go through to obtain their certification. As an ISO Lead Auditor, Tammy brings with her the necessary experience in ISO 9001 Standards as well as the snow and ice management industry. She has now helped most of those companies that proudly have achieved their ISO 9001/SN 9001 Certified.

Dale Keep

Ice & Snow Technologies, Inc.

Dale Keep has 26 years of experience with WSDOT in all aspects of snow and ice control on a statewide basis. He was instrumental in forming the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters. Co-authored their original deicer specifications and testing protocol. Through FHWA Anti-Icing Outreach Program, Dale Keep was able to assist agencies with policies, procedures, equipment specifications/operations, deicer purchases and use, and training. Keep served as member of Civil Engineering Research committees evaluating performance and environmental issues associated with deicers. Currently he is a consultant with the private and public sector for problem solving and training regarding snow and ice and associated challenges. Dale Keep has been hired as winter operations expert by various groups and industries.

David Lammers

Garden Grove Landscaping, Inc.

David Lammers is the President and Founder of Garden Grove Landscaping Inc. Since it's inception in 1990 the company has seen steady growth as a result of his passion for business and his desire to see others succeed within his organization. With a reputation for providing value-driven results, they are recognized in Southern Ontario as a service leader to the landscape and snow industry for commercial and municipal clientele. Having developed a talented and dedicated leadership team, he is heading the company into it's 27th year with a proven track record of excellence that continues to grow as a result of focused team building, quality management and customer satisfaction. Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 from the Chamber of Commerce, and Snow Magazine's Leadership Award in 2016, David is proud to be Canada's 1st ISO9001/SN9001 Certified snow company and is excited to share what he has learned in his 25+ years of business experience.

Kevin Mangin

B&B Group, Inc.

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Chris Marino

Xtreme Snow Pros

Chris Marino is a passionate Snow Contractor and Entrepreneur with over three decades’ worth of hands-on expertise in the snow industry. Born in New York City, he ran his very first snow business at the age of ten by plowing his neighbor's driveways. Today, Chris serves as the Owner & Chief Visionary of the award-winning Xtreme Snow Pros, which was founded in 2009 in Mahwah, New Jersey. His exemplifying knowledge of technology, employee training and extraordinary trucks and equipment have made his company stand out from the rest. Chris continues to provide top service to high-end clientele and is always improving his company in all aspects. With his commitment and passion for this industry, Chris has proved excellence in snow and ice management.

Marvin Montgomery

Practice Makes Perfect: The Professional's Guide to Sales Success

For more than 30 years, Marvin "The Sales Doctor" Montgomery has earned widespread national recognition and praise for his informative, practical and stimulating programs that reflect his basic philosophy: “Preparation and practice are the keys to sales success.” Marvin’s captivating presentations have assisted hundreds of organizations to meet or exceed their sales goals using his training programs. Many of Marvin’s clients have said that getting “Marvinized” has truly made a difference in their company and Marvin has become a mandatory part of company training. In addition to his training programs, Marvin has given keynote addresses, public workshops and presentations for all industries, professional services, chambers, associations and organizations of all sizes.

Chad Oberson

Oberson's Snow and Ice Management

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Julius Pereira

Pereira Consulting

Julius Pereira is a licensed architect and owner of Pereira Consulting, LLC which provides consulting services to the legal and risk management industries addressing design and premises safety issues and construction claims. Mr. Pereira draws on more than 37 years of professional experience in planning, architecture, construction, real estate development, construction claims and property maintenance, including 23 years as a facility safety consultant addressing facility safety issues, code conformance, facility design, construction administration, and construction claims. Mr. Pereira has been qualified more that 90 times to provide testimony in Federal and State courts and arbitration venues. Mr. Pereira has also served on the Nation Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.

Matt Peterson

Mills Insurance Group, LLC

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Denver Preston

K-Tech Specialty Coatings, Inc.

Denver Preston joined K-Tech Specialty Coatings in 2009 to head up K-Tech’s newly established Winter Products Division. Denver knew nothing about deicers, but that was okay because neither did anyone else at K-Tech! In 2010 K-Tech embarked on a journey to develop a new “green” deicer. The goal was ambitious. Create an environmentally friendly deicer that outperforms the best performing deicers known! Today, K-Tech supplies “green” deicer to more than 200 winter maintenance entities in 8 states. Oddly enough, Denver credits their complete lack of deicer knowledge as the key to their successes and he wants to share what they’ve learned about green deicers with you.

Kyle Rose

Rose Property Maintenance

Kyle Rose started Rose Property Maintenance in 2003 after 7 years working in the snow and ice management industry. Kyle is ASCA-C, former Advisory Board member and current Education Committee member. Recognized as a Top 100 Snow Contractor in a market that receives 20" of snow on average is no easy accomplishment. Focusing on operational efficiency and span of control learned as a career Firefighter, Kyle has streamlined his company's overall operations. He launched Alpha Consultants in 2015 to assist Corporations in finding contractors that adhere to our Industry Standards , as well as expert witness work in slip and fall cases.

Stephanie Sauers-Boyd

Sauers Tree and Landscape Service, Inc.

Stephanie is President of Sauers, Inc located in Philadelphia, PA. In 20 years, the Sauers siblings have streamlined their business to be a top snow and ice management provider in both the state and country. Stephanie has helped shape the company by education through industry events, experience, and networking and then applying the best technologies and practices to the business; which attained its ISO Certification in 2015. Steph is a Certified Snow Professional, ASCA-Certified, an ASCA PA State Lead for Legislative Change, was a recipient of the Industry Leadership Award in 2013, and was the American Cancer Society Volunteer Achievement Award Winner in 2015.

Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott Consulting, Inc.

Jeffrey Scott, MBA, author, business coach, hall-of-fame consultant, is the expert in growth and profit maximization in the lawn & landscape industry. He grew his company into a successful $10 million enterprise, and he's now devoted to helping others achieve profound success. Over 6000 read his monthly newsletter. To sign up go to www.jeffreyscott.biz . He facilitates the Leader’s Edge peer group for landscape business owners; his members achieved a 27% profit increase in their first year. To learn more visit www.GetTheLeadersEdge.com.

Matt Scott

Troy Clogg Landscape Associates

Matt Scott, LIC-M, ASM, ASCA-C, Operations director at Troy Clogg Landscape Associates, LLC in Wixom, MI. Matt has nearly 25 years experience of snow and Ice management practices and has the expertise and ability to mobilize a force of several hundred men and women into a highly productive, safety trained team of snow fighters at a moments notice. Matt is passionate about the industry and seizes every opportunity to learn and share with other snow management professionals as well as actively seeking to gain knowledge from outside sources and find ways to incorporate the latest technology and innovation into the snow and ice management industry. Additionally, Matt is an assessable leader, coaching and mentoring his managers and team members to be the best as well as makes time to give back to his community through involvement in youth football programs.

Peter Smolka

Everest Snow Management

Peter Smolka is one of the two Founders of Everest Snow Management, which was established in 2001. He is a true entrepreneur and a visionary that offers clear insight for the direction of the company. Peter takes a hands-on approach to his business, always challenging the company to ask, “What worked, what didn’t work and what would we change, if we could do it again”. In 1995 Peter started with investing $500 in a mower, a weed waker, a broom and two thousand marketing flyers. He was off on a journey that would end with he and his wife growing Everest Snow Management to a constantly evolving, regional snow plowing and ice control company. One of the pivotal moments in the company was when Peter decided to invest in developing a proprietary software, which enabled Everest to grow exponentially over the last 16 years. When the ASCA was created, Peter was appointed as one of the first members of the Board of Advisers. He helped create industry standards and the ISO9001SN Certification. Peter was also a major contributor in supporting the efforts in creating Illinois Senate Bill 2138, which was a pivotal win for the snow and ice industry in 2016. Today Peter stays focused and dedicated to constantly improving the lives of his Clients, Team and Partners.

Additional Speakers Include:

Linda Clogg, Troy Clogg Landscape Associates
Jerry Schill, Owner, Schill Grounds Management