Embrace Your Inner Geek

Date/Time: 
Jan 29 2019 - 9:00am

For most landscape business owners, their giftedness is in working with their hands, not technology. But technology has provided a vast array of tools to help you run your business faster, easier, smoother and more efficiently. Grant is a landscaper, not a techie. And yet he has embraced the technology available to landscape contractors because he’s seen the difference it makes. He will introduce you to programs and apps that are specific to owners, production staff, training, and customer care.

You’ll hear about programs like Grammarly, Evernote and Greenius, Slack, Hootsweet and I-Lawn. He’ll talk about different software programs for accounting, human resources, fleet management, GPS tracking, internal and external communication, weather tracking and project planning. He’ll share how he’s implemented technology, as well as the pros and cons of technology. You do not have to be a techie to benefit from this session. In fact, it’s best if you’re not. This is just down-to -earth, practical resources that help business owners and their staff run the business better.

Session Track: 
Arboriculture
Business, Marketing & Technology

Presenter

Nextra Consulting

Grant Harrison has been in the landscape industry since he was 15 years old. He has shoveled snow, planted trees, built decks, laid interlock stone, built retaining walls, cut grass and dug post holes. He knows the technical side of the industry.
 
He then managed field production staff, quality control, hiring and firing, and customer care. He knows the operational side of the industry.
 
Grant opened his own landscape design/build business. He dealt with the burden of cash flow, staff management, customer expectations, growing pains, lack of support, balancing working in the business with working on the business and trying to balance family life in the midst of it all. He knows the business ownership side of the industry. Personally.
 
Most recently, he has worked in both franchise and branch systems. Grant has been instrumental in building structure, processes, accountability and standardization to help these businesses grow leaner, stronger and more profitable. He knows the support side of the industry.  
 
Grant is convinced that creating a strong team, knowing your numbers and establishing a network of support is foundational to business growth and personal success. He is a believer in constantly learning, asking questions and using technology. He has a passion to see business owners and their staff experience success and satisfaction in the industry that he knows and loves.