This Year’s Theme: Managing Profitable Growth In A Fast Changing Environment

To be successful in the coming years, you need to manage growth from multiple angles: operationally, strategically, organizationally, culturally, and financially.

We have invited the top green-industry leaders to share their experiences and unique strategies for smart, profitable, nimble growth.

You will hear how they plan for continued growth in the coming decade. Learn from the masters, and take back new energy, excitement and concrete ideas to your firm.


Additional attendees save an extra $200 per ticket.

We will cover critical, timely topics of growth – for owners, managers and leaders of residential and commercial green industry firms:

Nurturing an 'entrepreneurial culture', creating a platform for managing and inspiring future growth of people, systems and divisions

Developing a branch system, economically and efficiently

Increasing profitability through efficiency

Optimizing the use of your time as leader

Building your leadership teams to prepare for succession (planned or unplanned)

Maximizing the enterprise value of your business

Growing your organization step-wise from under 5M to 10M to 15M to 20M+

Employing a growth mindset to overcome all your future challenges

Expanding your community network by giving back

You will be wowed by our speakers:

Kurt Bland will share his experiences in business growth and succession (planned and unplanned), and what successful high-value companies have in common. This will be interactive so you can ask him any question you want.

Todd Pugh will share his approach to an entrepreneurial culture, building out branches, using efficiency to drive profitability. Whether you want to run the business forever, (or prepare to sell or transition to the next generation of managers) you will learn from Todd how to maximize your time, profits and enterprise value.

George Tucker will share his strategy for scaling a diverse multi-division multi-facility business, for building enterprise value and real estate wealth through expansion and acquisition, and bringing on non-landscape executives to run the business for him.

Plus other speakers listed below…including George Tucker’s leadership team.

Keynoted by Jeffrey Scott, who will share 1) How culture underpins the direction and speed with which a landscape company can grow, and 2) How all landscape companies and managers must become more nimble to succeed in the coming fast-chanigng decade.


Additional attendees save an extra $200 per ticket.

Facility Tour

We will visit LanDesign in St Louis, MO ($17M+ in revenue) and see their two facilities, and hear from seven (7) owners, executives and managers how they operate from multiple sites and are able to manage steady/fast growth in commercial and residential, growing from $17M to 30M.

About LanDesign: A diverse mix of Residential Design/Build, Commercial Bid-Build, Commercial and Residential Maintenance, and Irrigation Service, built organically and through acquisition.


Central Standard Time

Kick Off:

Aug 31st – Tuesday – 8am – 6.30pm:

Summer Growth Summit kicks off, at hotel. Five top Industry leaders will share their experiences, strategies and secrets they have learned. Highly interactive with speakers and your peers. includes networking breakfast, lunch and reception.

Evening Networking reception for all

Sept 1st – Wednesday – 8am – 2pm:

Seven LanDesign executives speak about their areas of operation. Then tour two of LanDesign operations with further presentations. Includes networking breakfast and lunch boxes.

Event Hotel Details

For those that are from out of town and need accommodation, we have contracted a group rate at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, MO.

  • St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
  • Hotel distance: 10 minutes
  • This hotel does provide shuttle service
  • Parking on site – complimentary for hotel guests.
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and Networking Reception included.


Jeffrey Scott, MBA

Jeffrey is the leading authority on growth and profit maximization in the landscape industry. He is the inventor of Green Light Selling (a profit-driven sales approach), and founder of the Destination Company® culture program, both of which have been adopted by hundreds of landscape firms across the continent. He has helped full service companies reach 20% net profit margin, and will show you how to run a more successful enterprise that you can scale, and still enjoy the life you deserve.

Kurt Bland

President and CEO of Bland Landscaping Company, Apex, NC

Kurt took over this business at 29 at $10M, and expanded it into 3 markets and up to $20M with his brother, when they “recapitalized it” with private equity.

In the last five years he has reviewed dozens of CIM’s (Confidential Information Memorandum) and had the opportunity to discuss and learn about the exit plans of dozens more business owners.

Kurt will also discuss what it means to run a Private Equity backed company and how he and his brother Matt stay involved and engaged as second-generation owners and leaders of a private-equity platformed landscape business.

Todd Pugh

CEO and Founder of Enviroscapes, Louisville, OH

Todd built his business on strong values and ethics which enabled Enviroscapes to grow from its first $5.00 per week mowing client into a multi-million dollar landscape company that ranks in the top 2% of all landscape companies nationwide.

He is also an inventor and founded The Mulch Mule with many patents to his name.

Todd will share how he grows his branches, his unique culture, and the science of recruiting.

Whether you want to run the business forever, (or prepare it to sell or transition to the next generation of managers) you will learn from Todd how to maximize your time, efficiency profits and enterprise value.

And if there it time, he will talk about his passion for giving back to the community and how that benefits his company and all his employees.

George Tucker

Owner of LanDesign, MO.

Founded in 2002, LanDesign is one of the most progressive, well-known green industry businesses in the St. Louis region specializing in commercial and residential landscape projects with a residential/commercial services arm and a new irrigation division. George has built a sterling leadership team capable of high profile, complex projects like the St Louis Arch and has an executive team with both a CEO and COO running his company.

Brent Pollard

CEO of LanDesign, MO

Brent leads all of LanDesign’s supporting companies: LanDesignPlus, Automatic Rain and Our Yard. Brent joined the LanDesign team in January 2020 to oversee the all the operations and profitably grow the business.

Brent brings to his position an outside-the-industry view with a well-established background in business leadership along with a strategic growth focus. Brent is well positioned to double the company and oversee its expansion.


Additional attendees save an extra $200 per ticket.

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