2020 Lawn & Landscape Technology Conference Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce you to the 2020 Lawn & Landscape Technology Conference Advisory Board.

Advisory Board
Susan Bachman

Leslie Allebach
Co-Owner
The Greenskeeper

Leslie has co-owned The Greenskeeper, based outside of Harrisburg, Pa., with her husband Eric for more than 30 years. Leslie was responsible for guiding her company through a software change and has tackled almost all of the company’s hardware/software issues over the past three decades. Her main work has been as office manager and she has been responsible for all IT and marketing duties throughout the company's entire history.

Leslie graduated with a double major in Business Administration and Psychology from Grace College and has been in the landscape industry ever since. She is also a contributor with Lawn & Landscape magazine.

She is the mother to four grown children, three who are married, and enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren.

Frank Benzing

Mike Callahan
Owner
SimpleGrowth Systems

Mike Callahan started Callahan's Lawn Care and Property Maintenance, Inc. in 1994 as a way to make money to pay for his car insurance in high school. After working his way through college with three full time crews, he made the leap into full-time lawn care and snow removal in upstate New York instead of choosing the corporate path most of his classmates pursued. After nearly 15 years in the daily grind of the business, Mike began to automate the internal and external processes and systems in his own business. This pursuit to automate allowed Mike to begin focusing on his business instead of working in it. In 2016, Callahan started his consulting and automations company, SimpleGrowth, as a way to help other business owners take their lives back from their own businesses. Mike lives in Upstate New York with his wife and two daughters.

Frank Benzing

Dani Collinson
Division Manager
Blades of Green Lawn Care and B.O.G. Pest Control

Daniele wants to be a part of a world full of innovative, technology seeking individuals that want to change the way people view our industry while growing their businesses and empowering their people!

As a Division Manager for Blades of Green Lawn Care and B.O.G. Pest Control she's worked in the office, routing department and is currently the manager for the Pest and Plant Health Care departments. Through the support of the company and the mindset that we should always question the things that "have always been done that way.” Daniele has been able to help advance the company through concepts like going paperless, monthly billing, multi-service routing and overall increasing efficiencies. She is a passionate leader that wants those on her team to be excited about learning new things and growing themselves in both technical and interpersonal aspects.

When Daniele is not growing her team she is at home growing crops and raising pigs, cows and her two children, Owen and Ellie alongside her husband Jerrett.

Ben Collinsworth
General Manager
Yellowstone Landscape

Ben began his commercial landscaping career in 1999, but started mowing lawns in 1989 as a 13-year-old in the Dallas area. Native Land Design was founded in 2001 and grew into a large commercial maintenance firm in Austin, Houston and south Texas over the past 18 years. In February of 2019, Native was acquired by Yellowstone Landscape and Ben remains committed to growing the Yellowstone brand throughout Texas.

During the past four years Native worked hard to implement technology throughout their systems and processes to make them more nimble and profitable. Ben helped develop and internal application for their irrigation department that became Tapigo, and is now working to bring that technology to the industry. Ben and his wife Barbie recently had a section of the Texas A&M University Gardens named in their honor to help teach gardening to future generations.

Mick Mulhall

Nada Duna
Chief Operating Officer
Gothic Landscape

Nada is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in horticulture and also earned a master’s degree in plant pathology from the American University of Beirut. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Nada received an achievement award in 2018 from the National Association of Landscape Professionals which recognized her for her many contributions to the landscape industry. As COO, Nada will lead the growth and performance of the maintenance division and develop the next generation of Gothic’s leaders through her dedicated style of servant leadership. Nada enjoys painting, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband Ray and two children.

Mick Mulhall

Ken Hutcheson
President
U.S. Lawns

Ken is a seasoned visionary with a pattern of demonstrated leadership focused on his passion for organizational growth and innovation. As the president of U.S. Lawns, he has pushed boundaries in both the commercial services industry and franchising, overseeing service coverage in 41 states through a network of 265+ franchise branches that generate system-wide revenue in excess of 175 million dollars annually.

Rob Sproule

Michael Mayberry
Chief Technology Officer
Level Green

As Chief Technology Officer with Level Green, Michael is skilled in systems development, field operations management, web design, strategic planning and digital marketing. He blends a passion for the outdoors with technology to create a new way for the green industry to conduct business, both internally and externally. He's responsible for all software development and technology across multiple departments to continue building the company’s lead generation and delivery platform. He also oversees the company’s strategic efforts and finds ways for IT to support business goals while enhancing the company’s product or service.

Tammy Behm

Zech Strauser
Founder/President
Strauser’s Nature Helpers

Zech Strauser founded Strauser Nature's Helpers in 1998 and continues to push the boundaries that define the landscape industry by promoting ecological landscaping. With headquarters in the Poconos in Northeast Pennsylvania, Zech now runs 3 regional branches and relies heavily on software and technology to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. From GPS tracking to enterprise software for landscape and snow servicing, technology is making it possible to continue to scale the company. He also utilizes this investment in technology as a recruiting, marketing, and leadership tool, and continues to adopt new technology when it will benefit the company financially and help it to grow.