Landscape Presenters

The value of Industry Insights for Landscape is rooted in its presenters. These professionals are experts in the areas they will be presenting about and have agreed to share their knowledge and expertise. Learn more about these individuals as you plan your schedule for participating in Industry Insights for Landscape.

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Kevin Battistoni
Midwest Sales Manager | Hunter Industries

Kevin Battistoni is the Midwest sales manager for Hunter Industries, based out of the Chicagoland area. Baptized in sprinkler water, this fourth-generation irrigator spent two decades in the family business rolling around in the dirt before trading his shovel in for a broom, working in the green industry supply chain. During his decade in distribution, he played all positions including store manager and outside sales with a focus on landscape lighting, drainage and water features. With over a decade of service at Hunter/FX, he experienced a rebirth with the world of connected devices entering the green industry. Now the self-titled “Software Salesman” has become a Wi-Fi controller evangelist and is on a mission to educate green industry professionals around the world.

Webinar: Wi-Fi: What You Need to Know to Look Like a Pro

Jim Borneman
Director of Education | Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply

Jim Borneman is the founder of Ewing Education Services at Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply. He attended Chico State College and has a degree in business management from St. Mary’s College of California. Borneman is a licensed Texas irrigator (LN 7979) and has held certifications as a designer, contractor and irrigation auditor with the Irrigation Association. He has focused his efforts at Ewing toward curriculum development with a greater emphasis on teaching, as opposed to the many administrative responsibilities associated with leading Ewing’s education department. 2020 marks his 46th year in the landscape industry. Throughout his career, Borneman has worked in a variety of sales and operations positions with manufacturers and distributors. Prior to coming to Ewing in 1994, he was the director of education for the IA. Industry education has been a focus and a passion for him since the late 1970s, and over the years he has trained tens of thousands of landscape professionals. Borneman has a passion for water conservation that is a natural part of his legacy as a fourth generation Californian.

Webinar: It Works on Paper: Reconciling Site Hydraulics

Terry Delany
Founder | HourlyGuy

Terry Delany was practically born with a hammer in his hand and a pencil behind his ear. As the son of a building contractor and founder of a multimillion-dollar landscape business, he has spent most of his life on a building site. During his career, Delany has recruited, hired, trained, endured, suffered, celebrated, promoted and fired thousands of employees. He is the creator of “The Contractor A.S.S.E.T.” which is an hourly employee recruitment and retention system designed exclusively for contractors and tradesmen.

Webinar: Creating a Flood of Highly Qualified Applicants

Mike Dorion
Speaker and Facilitator | Living Soil Solutions

Mike Dorion — aka “The Compost Kid” — found his interest in the industry through a gardening class put on by the Calgary Horticulture Society. Following this class, he continued gaining experience by earning a permaculture design certificate and a compost facility operators certificate. Dorion has also been involved in SPIN farming, greenhouse design, and mentoring in soil and soil microbiology. He is currently working in a soil food web advisor role with the Life in the Soil program put on by Elaine Ingham, and he sits on the board of the Calgary Permaculture Guild.

Webinar: Don’t Lose Your Shirt by Growing in Dirt

John Farner
Industry Development Director | Irrigation Association

John Farner serves as the industry development director for the Irrigation Association. With more than 15 years of experience in working with water, agricultural and landscape technologies and more than 20 years working in international government and public policy, Farner’s expertise in government and public affairs is closely aligned with issues and technologies relating to water use in agricultural production and landscape management. After serving on staff for two members of Congress, the George W. Bush for President Campaign and as a special assistant to the United States Secretary of Commerce, Farner joined the IA in 2008 and currently oversees the advocacy and public affairs programs, focusing on water use technologies in agriculture, landscape, turfgrass and golf. He speaks regularly on issues such as drought, agricultural water use, water restrictions, agricultural productivity and groundwater/surface water use, as well as irrigation technologies, trends and best management practices for irrigation technology application and adoption.

Webinar: Regulating Landscape Irrigation

Joseph Gallegos
President | Grey4Green

Joseph Gallegos is a leading expert in using alternative waters on landscapes. His presentations and research demonstrate that green, lush landscapes are needed to reduce urban heat island effect. Thus, greywater and other alternatives for water reuse are more about the positive environmental effects they enable than the water conservation. Gallegos is president of the Greywater Manufacturers Association, a leading organization assisting policymakers in designing greywater-friendly building codes. He is also president of Grey4Green, a greywater irrigation equipment manufacturer for homes and commercial applications.

Webinar: Greywater Options for All Jobs

Warren S. Gorowitz, CLIA
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility | Hunter Industries Inc.

Warren S. Gorowitz, director of corporate social responsibility at Hunter Industries, is a 26-year respected industry leader and water efficiency and sustainability professional. He sits on numerous industry association boards and is a speaker and expert on issues related to water and sustainability in the green industry. Gorowitz provides global leadership and strategic direction in all areas of corporate social responsibility for Hunter Industries, including Hunter’s corporate social responsibility report, employee volunteer and community development programs, and Hunter’s Charitable Giving Committee. He previously served as Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply’s vice president of sustainability and maintained oversight of all sustainability initiatives and sustainable solutions products at Ewing. Gorowitz holds a Bachelor of Science in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and received an Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He currently is a faculty associate at the Arizona State University School of Sustainability.

Webinar: Profitability Through Sustainability

Amir Haghverdi, PhD
Assistant Professor | University of California–Riverside

Amir Haghverdi, PhD, is an assistant CE professor in the environmental sciences department at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on developing and disseminating scientific knowledge, practical recommendations, and tools for sustainable urban and agricultural water resources management. His approaches include field research trials, laboratory analyses and computer modeling, with a goal of identifying opportunities for synergy between research and outreach activities. His current research themes include water conservation, autonomous landscape irrigation management, soil hydrology and precision farming. Haghverdi is also interested in applications of advanced data acquisition and mining techniques, including remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning system technologies, machine learning, and wireless sensors. He received his doctorate in biosystems engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Webinar: Advancing Landscape Irrigation Management

Chapman Hancock
Senior Product Manager, Vacum Evacuation | Ditch Witch

Chapman Hancock has more than 10 years of experience in the construction industry and directional drilling industries. He has served in a variety of roles throughout the Ditch Witch organization, including serving as a downhole tooling engineer and product and market analyst. Currently the Ditch Witch vacuum excavation product manager, he works to identify the challenges and needs of vacuum excavation customers globally and provides industry solutions. Hancock received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Webinar: Multiple Methods of Irrigation Installation

James R. Huston
Owner | J.R. Huston Consulting Inc.

James Huston has over 40 years of diverse business management experience and holds an MBA in finance. He is also a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators. He is a certified professional landscape estimator and is one of only two such CPLEs in the world. As a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, he held positions in finance and aviation supply inventory management and procurement. After his tour of duty with the Marines, he became a senior production control analyst for the electronics division of General Dynamics. Since 1987, he has been a management consultant to the green industry. Early in his career, he was in charge of the consulting division for Charles Vander Kooi and Associates Inc.; in 1989 he formed J.R. Huston Consulting. Huston has written seven books that deal specifically with the landscape, irrigation and tree care industries.

Webinar: Preparing for & Responding to a Down Economy  |  Green Industry Benchmarks & Critical Numbers

William Knowles, CLVLT
Owner | Northern Outdoor Lighting LLC

Bill Knowles is the owner of Northern Outdoor Lighting, based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He has been involved with outdoor lighting since 1994. He serves on the board of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals and is a member of the Awards Committee. Knowles has been a member of AOLP for 15 years as well as a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician since the first exam was offered. He has built Northern Outdoor Lighting into one of the preeminent outdoor lighting design and installation firms in New England. Northern Outdoor Lighting has designed and installed numerous award-winning projects throughout the region.

Webinar: Top Lighting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Brant Kukuk
Product Manager, Compact Equipment | Ditch Witch

With almost 10 years of experience in various sectors of the construction industry, Brant Kukuk brings a versatile range of knowledge to the position of Ditch Witch compact equipment product manager. In this role, Kukuk oversees the growing compact equipment market for Ditch Witch, including stand-on skid steers and attachments, walk-behind trenchers, and various other equipment. He works to ensure that Ditch Witch can meet the quickly evolving needs of the construction, rental, landscape and hardscape industries, among others. Kukuk has previously led design and development of several compact equipment products and worked as an engineer at IC Bus of Oklahoma and Fluid Engineering Services in Oklahoma. Kukuk graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Webinar: Multiple Methods of Irrigation Installation

Kris Loomis, CID, CLIA, CLIA-D
Programs Specialist | Sonoma County Water Agency

Kris Loomis, CID, CLIA, CLIA-D, has over 25 years combined experience with landscape and agricultural irrigation, conservation and teaching landscape irrigation courses. She has worked in the landscape and agricultural irrigation business on the supply and design side. Loomis is also an adjunct instructor, teaching landscape irrigation and QWEL courses at two community colleges in California. She enjoys transforming complex terms into digestible information to help develop skills in students. She also works at a water wholesaler as a programs specialist in water use efficiency.

Webinar: An Innovative & Efficient Way to Collect PSI for Drip Audits

Jacob Lott
Irrigation Specialist | Land F/X

Jacob (Jake) Lott has more than 20 years of experience in the landscape and irrigation fields. He received his landscape architecture degree from Utah State University in 2010. Upon graduation, he became a regional enhancement manager for ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance in Southern California, where he spent five years overseeing and designing myriad project sites before joining the Land F/X team in late 2014. Since then, Lott has played a vital role in training, content creation and technical support for the software. He lives in Logan, Utah, with his wife and three children.

Webinars: CAD Basics: Learning How to Draft in AutoCAD – Beginner  |  Landscape Irrigation Design Within AutoCAD – Advanced

Jacob Mathre
Director of Franchise Operations | Conserva Irrigation

Jacob Mathre is the current director of franchise operations for Conserva Irrigation, living in Richmond, Virginia. With over 15 years’ experience in the irrigation industry, he has elevated from an install laborer to a foreman to a lead service technician to the operations manager for the founding Conserva Irrigation office and finally landing in his current role. This extensive and diverse background in all of the business operations has given Mathre the ability to understand not only the business functions but also the optimal efficiencies a technician can have if given adequate training and the proper tools. Outside of irrigation, he is a father of two beautiful girls, Annabella (3) and Nola (1). Mathre enjoys spending time with his girls and his wife, Savannah, taking in all of the outdoor wonders and parks in Virginia. Additionally, he uses the golf course as his sanctuary for stress relief to clear his mind and refresh.

Webinar: How to Build Scale Within Your Business

Greg Matthews, CLVLT
Owner | Luxury Illumination

Greg Matthews comes from a diverse background including being a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, professional photographer and A/V systems integration business owner. He has taken his knowledge and love for horticulture and combined it with his past experiences to refocus on outdoor lighting and audio installations and design. As the owner of Luxury Illumination, he strives to produce some of the best and most unique outdoor lighting installations available. Based out of West Palm Beach, Florida, with an additional location in Denver, Luxury Illumination has worked on projects across the nation. It is one of the few companies to be called a brand ambassador for the leading outdoor manufacturer Coastal Source. Matthews holds his CLVLT and is currently a teaching mentor and graduate of the International Landscape Lighting Institute.

Webinar: Top Lighting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Joel Mayor, CLVLT
Owner | Texas Outdoor Lighting

Joel Mayor is the owner/designer at Texas Outdoor Lighting based in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Beth, started this company in 2007 and solely focus on LED landscape and architectural lighting throughout the great state of Texas. You can see projects from Texas Outdoor Lighting at historic sites like The Alamo, big game ranches in Western and Southern Texas, large lakehouse estates along Lake Travis and Lake LBJ, and everywhere in between.

Webinar: Top Lighting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

President | Irritech Training Inc.

Chris Pine, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM, is the president of IrriTech Training, a resource for professional irrigation training online and in person. Prior to this, Pine worked in sales management for two major manufacturers in the irrigation industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science in business management with a concentration in economics from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. Pine owned and operated a successful landscape and irrigation contracting business for 15 years, which was sold in 2000. He is active in many industry trade and nonprofit organizations, serving on boards and committees, as a speaker and authoring articles and books. He is recognized as an accomplished trainer and consultant. He has been an IA regional authorized instructor since 2002 and has been a member and chair of the IA Education Committee. He has been involved in writing, editing and updating several of the IA courses and educational support materials. Pine lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Webinar: Using the Indicator Plant Method to Calculate Drip Emitter Requirements

Technical Program Director | Irrigation Association

Mike Temple has been in the irrigation industry since 1994 when he installed his first system. At the time, he was studying to earn his bachelor’s in horticulture and landscape design from Auburn University while he was the owner of a landscape maintenance company. After graduating from Auburn, he worked for an irrigation materials distributor as the irrigation department manager for two years. In 1999, Temple became a project manager for a respected irrigation consulting firm and remained there until starting his own consulting firm in 2012. Mike was a member of the IA Certification Board from 2006 to 2014 and was the chair in 2013. He was the technical advisor to the Certification Board from 2014 to 2019. In 2019, he joined the IA staff as the technical program director.

Webinar: Regulating Landscape Irrigation

Andy Thomas, CLVLT, COLD
Owner | Viewpoint Lighting

Andy Thomas is the owner and sole proprietor of Viewpoint Lighting, an award-winning landscape and architectural lighting design-build firm in the Sacramento region of California. Thomas has been a licensed landscape contractor in the state of California since January 2006, as well as a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician and Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer. He is the vice president of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals, as well as current COLD committee co-chair and former CLVLT committee chair. He does not sleep, due to his roles as a dad of three, running a semi-profitable lighting business, maintaining the family household and volunteering at his kids’ schools.

Webinar: Top Lighting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Kurt K. Thompson, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM
Director of Education | Irritech Training Inc.

Kurt K. Thompson, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM, has been working as an irrigation contractor and in irrigation distribution and manufacturing since 1981. He is the owner of K. Thompson and Associates LLC, a professional development instruction and outdoor water use evaluation and planning company. He is also a principal in IrriTech Training, an online and in-person training provider. He is a nationally recognized author and collaborator of many certification and training manuals and programs, study guides, training courses and presentations. Additionally, Thompson is a certified site water planner, an NALP Trailblazer for irrigation and water management, an EPA WaterSense irrigation provider, and a member of educational councils and committees of national and state associations. He is the lead irrigation AP trainer for the Florida Water Star program and continues to be a lead instructor for the IA. Thompson is one of only a few people in the world to currently hold all nine of the IA’s landscape irrigation certifications.

Webinar: Using the Indicator Plant Method to Calculate Drip Emitter Requirements

Karen D. Weeks
Senior Vice President of People | Ordergroove
Independent Consultant

Karen D. Weeks is a strategic partner whose drive is to help companies build and scale their culture to meet their business goals and help people find their career passions. Her passion is around talent development, organizational effectiveness, individual career development and helping teams through change. Currently, Weeks is the senior vice president of people at Ordergroove and was named one of the 2020 Notable Women in Talent by Crain’s New York Business. She is also a career coach, speaker, advisor to start-up companies, the published author of Setting the Stage: A Guide to Preparing for Any Feedback Conversation and host of the podcast “Getting Off the Hamster Wheel.” She lives in New York City with her husband and furry babies.

Webinar: Retaining the Right People at the Right Time


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