Meet our Board Members

Meet our Board Members

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association is managed by a volunteer board made up of an Executive Board, Board of Directors and Advisory Board which is comprised of landscape contractors, associates (vendors) and educators. The Board meets the third Monday of every month to discuss NJLCA business, plan upcoming events and review new membership applications.  Terms are typically two years long with the opportunity to re-up for a second term.

Executive Board

Nelson Lee

Nelson Lee is the President of Landscapeworks Incorporated which he founded in 1988 with locations in Hawthorne, Hackensack and Morristown.  He is also the President of Landscapeworks Snow and Ice Management, Advanced Mulch Services Inc. and Advanced Hauling. 

Nelson studied landscaping at Rutgers and is a New Jersey licensed Fertilizer and Pesticide Applicator.

He is married with one daughter and is a Senior Leader with the Anthony Robbins Organization.

He enjoys running, cycling and racing automobiles.

Vice President
Richard Goldstein, CLT

Rich Goldstein is the President of Green Meadows Landscaping (Oakland) and is Landscape Industry Certified (CLT), as well as a licensed pesticide applicator.  He founded Green Meadows in 1982 and brings extensive Board experience to the NJLCA.

Greg Carpenter, CLT

Greg Carpenter currently sits as the Treasurer for the NJLCA.  He is a Co-Owner of American Beauty Landscape Design, Inc. in Paramus, NJ.  Greg attended SUNY Farmingdale's Turf Program.  He is licensed by the NJ-DEP to apply pesticides, as well as a Certified Fertilizer Applicator.  He has served many years as a judge for the Landscape Industry Certified Exam and is a CLT.  He serves on the NJLCA Achievement Awards Committee, is the NJLCA's Bergen Community College Board Liaison and has an NJLCA seat on the Rutgers Turfgrass Advisory Board.  Greg has been an active participant in the Bergen Community College Continuing Education program, where he has learned to read, write and speak conversational Spanish. 

Greg started landscaping in 1978, and was mentored by Art Bergman, a 2nd generation nurseryman/landscaper. He worked through high school and then went off to college with one goal in mind; forming a landscape company with his brother Jeff.  In 1985, they incorporated and agreed they were going to be “different”.  They would always go the extra mile for the customer, putting their own needs second.  Which is why they have 95% retention on all customers.  They still have many of their first customers to this day, some 35 years later.

Greg likes to spend whatever free time he has with his wife, Sonnie.  He enjoys traveling, skiing and studying American History.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board
George Futterknecht, CLP

George is a senior horticulturist and founder of Wood Landscapes, Inc. in Closter, NJ.  He has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College.  Other certifications include: PLANET Landscape Industry Certified Professional (CLP), NJ Tree Expert, NJ Irrigation License, NJ Pesticide Applicator.  He was past president of the BCLCA (1989-1990).  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Closter, were he is an active member of the Shade Tree Commission.

Anthony Agudelo

Anthony Agudelo is the owner of Anthony Agudelo Landscaping (Randolph).


Jeffrey Baker
Jeff Baker is the owner of R & J Land Care (Clifton).

Tommy Barillo
Tom Barillo is the owner of Barillo Landscaping (Elmwood Park).  He is a retired volunteer firefighter and previously ran for Mayor in the township.

Justin Flatow, CLT

Justin Flatow is the director of the Green Meadows property maintenance division, Justin has a vast knowledge of client development and customer service. With a prior career in real estate and property management, Justin is capable to handle all aspects of the landscape design and build industry.

Justin served on the recent 50th Anniversary Committee and currently serves on the Scholarship Committee.  He is all landscape industry certified and a great asset to the exam each year, helping with setup, breakdown and judging.

John F
John Freitag

John Freitag is co-founder/ owner and manager of the maintenance and contracting divisions of Yellow Wagon Landscaping.  With over ten years of experience in the landscape industry, John has developed an advanced and fluent knowledge of landscape turf and plant management.  His oversight has led to the success of a diverse portfolio of hundreds of landscape projects built and maintained by Yellow Wagon. From living walls in Brooklyn, NY to dog parks in Secaucus, NJ, John enthusiastically uses his skill set to craft unique, effective and inspired solutions. John holds a BS in Landscape Industry and is a graduate of the Environmental Planning and Design Department at Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick. His education was rooted in plant science, proper construction methods, and sustainable landscape maintenance practices. When John is not working he enjoys traveling with his wife Allyson or relaxing with is dog Bosco.

Danny Kindergan
Danny Kindergan is the owner of Kindergan Landscaping (Bergenfield).

Michael McMorrow
Michael McMorrow is owner of VIP Landscape Service in Wall, NJ.

Associate Director
Joe Bolognese Jr.

Joe Bolognese is an inside sales rep for Gamka Sales, Inc. He is a Past Vice President and currently an Associate Director of the NJLCA.

He is also Chair of the Education and Landscape Industry Certified Exam committees. He has over fifteen years experience in the landscape and irrigation supply industry.


Associate Director
David Gaynor
David is an Account Executive for Middleton & Company Insurance and is an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI).

Associate Director
Gregg Straffin
Gregg Straffin is Co-Owner of York Trailers in Butler, NJ.
Advisory Board

Board Advisor
Dr. Bruce Clarke
Dr. Clarke is Director of the Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science and is a published author on Turfgrass Pathology.  He is also a frequent speaker at educational conferences both in the U.S. and internationally.

Board Advisor
Dr. Steve Fischer
Dr. Fischer is a professor in the Horticultural program at Bergen Community College (Paramus).  He received his BS from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, and his MS and PhD from the University of Maryland.  Dr. Fischer is also very involved with the CLT committee.

Board Advisor
Dr. James Murphy
Dr. Murphy is the Extension Specialist in Turfgrass Management at Rutgers University.  He conducts research and teaches in the undergraduate and extension programs on the development of best management practices in turfgrass.