Young Professionals

Young Professionals – Annual Event

ILCA Young Professionals

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Young Professionals Event – February 24, 2022

Join the Young Professionals Committee on February 24th from 1:00-5:00pm. 

Enjoy a presentation from ILCA member Chalet, roundtable discussions with industry peers, and networking, open bar and pizza buffet! 

Mickey Finn’s Brewery

345 N Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL 60048

Meet the Chalet Landscape Team: Garth Sager (Director of Sales), Eric Braun (Director of Design), Jason Lundberg (Director of Production), Luis Mata (Maintenance Operations Manager)

Description: Meet members of the Chalet Landscape Team and get a behind the scenes look at one of the area’s premier Design/Build/Maintenance companies. You will hear viewpoints and experiences from individuals throughout various departments, from the sales office, to design table to overseeing project implementation and maintenance. This will be a great opportunity to learn about and discuss the industry with Chalet’s professionals. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A so bring your questions!


Lawson Thalmann, Technology Manager at Chalet
Description: It’s been said that a new industrial revolution is coming and data is the key. Data is an ingredient for future Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. How will it affect the landscape industry? In the short term, the right data at the right time can assist client facing landscape professionals find the right plant for the right client/use case. In the long-term, AI and ML has the potential to transform the way landscape services are done. Those that are collecting and organizing the right data today are going to be the winners tomorrow, and partnerships along the industry supply-chain can be very powerful towards realizing that potential.


Roundtable Topics and Subtopics
Lessons Learned from The Great Resignation
– Training
– Benefits
– Retention

Current Market Challenges and Solutions
– Labor Shortage/Aging Workforce
– Supply/Demand
– Dealing with Inflation

Managing Up – Young Professional Challenges
– Communicating with Senior Management
– Introducing Today’s New Technologies and Behaviors
– Building Your Reputation as a Professional


Limited to any landscape industry professional, student, or supplier age 35 or under.

Want to learn more?

Contact Marissa Stubler ( for further information about Young Professional events.