ILCA Design Tour

Clarence Davids & Company employees attended the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) 2017 Design Tour on July 13. The all-day tour included both residential and commercial landscapes throughout Chicagoland. Our team participates in educational opportunities throughout the year to continue to be inspired to create wonderful landscapes.

Pictured (L to R): Alan Watkins, Allie Corbett, Anna Langenfeld, Sarah Hebda, Steve Bos, Abbie Lydon, Brandon Roos

Another U.S. Open is in the books!

Clarence Davids & Company is the official landscape contractor for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. We have done work for the tournament since 2003. Take a look at the pictures from this year’s tournament that was held in Erin Hills, Wisconsin!

 

American Society of Landscape Architects Celebration

The Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects held their annual event, Celebration +, on April 21, 2017 in Chicago. Clarence Davids & Company employees, Allie Corbett, Bill Davids, Debbie Davids, Anna Langenfeld, and Alan Watkins participated in the field sessions, education sessions, and the awards ceremony. Below are pictures of our team at the event!

Alan, Anna, and Allie at the Chicago Riverwalk Tour.
Debbie, Bill, Allie, Anna, and Alan at the Awards Ceremony at Venue One in Chicago.
Culliton Quinn Landscape Architects won an ILASLA Award for the North Pond Rooftop. Clarence Davids was part of the project team!
Alan is the current President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

 

2017 Employee Anniversaries

Clarence Davids & Company is proud to have so many long-term employees. It is because of the commitment of our staff that we are able to be a consistent leader in the landscape industry. Below are some comments from Bill Davids regarding each employee celebrating an anniversary this year.

35 Years

Sam Martin was our first “outside” sales person we added to begin to grow the company. Sam, a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign, began his career after graduation and has been with us ever since. He is currently the Vice President of Sales. Sam has been a very energetic, client-oriented account representative. Handling several of our largest accounts, Sam has a very high rate of client retention.

30 Years

Paul Hughes is celebrating 30 years with Clarence Davids & Company. Paul is the landscape material coordinator at our Plainfield location. Paul’s responsibilities include purchasing all of the Fox Valley office’s seasonal color and supplies, overseeing the yard, and assisting the landscape production manager. Thank you, Paul!

Carol Klimowski began her career with Clarence Davids & Company in the accounts receivable department and with company growth over the years, she continues to be in charge of all our accounts receivable. Carol manages all of our invoicing and collections. Thank you for your loyal commitment to Clarence Davids & Company.

Jose M. Munoz is the maintenance project manager at the Fox Valley office. He was promoted from a foreman to manager in 2000. He brings us 30 years of leadership, loyalty, and job knowledge. We are very thankful for his many years of service and dedication to Clarence Davids & Company.

Kurt Pflederer is the Vice President of Design and he is celebrating his 30th year with Clarence Davids & Company. Along with being a leader in the sales team, Kurt has led the design team in producing many unique and exciting designs that have won many prestigious awards. We appreciate Kurt for his hard work and creativity he brings to Clarence Davids.

25 Years

Jose Nava is one of our three mechanics at our Fox Valley office and is celebrating 25 years of dedicated service to our company. He plays a key role in maintaining our fleet of equipment and trucks. Jose has a very special talent when it comes to metal work and has created unique elements for our landscape projects.

Carlos Nuci started out with Clarence Davids as a crew member and worked his way up to maintenance foreman in Matteson. Carlos’ hard work ethic and dedication help keep our maintenance accounts in top shape. Thank you, Carlos!

Victor Verdusco is our veteran lawn care foreman out of Matteson for the past 15 years. He started out as a crew member and worked his way up to foreman. Victor brings enthusiasm and years of knowledge to keep our lawns and plants healthy. Many thanks!

20 Years

Alberto Ayala is a highly respected maintenance foreman, who has been at the North Branch since day one when there was only one crew. He has moved up and takes care of a number our larger accounts, both for landscape and snow. Alberto has an excellent work ethic and is always a pleasure to work with.

Antonio Campa is the head mechanic at our Fox Valley office. Along with managing two additional mechanics, Antonio oversees all of the ordering of parts and documentation for the hundreds of pieces of equipment at the office. We thank Antonio for all his hard work he brings to the position.

Sergio Fernandez has provided 20 years of outstanding service to Clarence Davids as a landscape crew member. As a trusted right hand man to his foreman, Sergio’s experience is invaluable. His dependability and skill has helped our Fox Valley office tackle some of our most complex jobs.

John Huiner began his career with us right after high school. John worked as a laborer and then became a lawn care applicator for most of that time. When we had a need for a Landscape Production Manager in Matteson, John stepped into this role and for the past few years he has been handling that position very successfully.

Alfredo Sanchez is a maintenance crew member at our Fox Valley office. He brings us 20 years of dedication and teamwork. His attention to detail and job knowledge can be seen on all of the job sites he works at.

Salvador Verdusco is a foreman in Matteson. He keeps our customer, BP Amoco, weed free at the Whiting Refinery in Indiana. In 20 years, Salvador has remained accident free. Hats off to and congratulations Salvador!

15 Years

Barbara Anderson, an administrative assistant at our Matteson Corporate office, originally came to work for us for 2 years and then moved back to Texas. She returned in 2002 and has been a very important part of our office staff ever since. Her organizational skills and exceptional “can do” attitude helps keep our corporate headquarters office running smoothly. Thank you, Barb!

Karen Clay is the administrative manager for the Fox Valley office and she is celebrating 15 years with Clarence Davids. In addition to managing the office staff, she directly supports the sales and production teams. Karen’s attention to detail keeps the Fox Valley office running smoothly. Thank you Karen for everything you do!

Hugo Escamilla is now our Assistant Maintenance Project Manager, moving his way up from crew member and foreman. He has been at Hybernia Association and Estate Residences for years, creating long term relationships. He has a great knack of keeping clients calm and happy.

Gonzalo Herrera is a maintenance foreman in Matteson and heads our weed control crews at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana. Gonzalo is a strong leader and sets a standard of hard work for the rest of us to follow. Thank you, Gonzalo!

Eduardo Lozano is a laid back hard working maintenance crew member in Matteson. Eduardo has not missed a day of work in all of his 15 years with Clarence Davids. Hats off to your unbelievable dedication!

Jose Magdaleno Olaguez is in our Matteson office and is a friendly and energetic crew member. He is dependable, diligent and always has a can do attitude.

Guillermo Ortiz has brought his easy going attitude to work every day. Guillermo is one of our most versatile employees that wears many hats in the landscape department. From planting flowers downtown, to installing trees in the suburbs, Guillermo can handle it all.

Francisco Perez Jr. is a maintenance foreman in Matteson. He heads our swing crew that covers our central business district work that is done two times per month. He is a very detailed-oriented foreman who does meticulous work.

Reynaldo Perez has been with Clarence Davids for 15 years. He is a hard working maintenance crew member and part of the Perez family. His dad and three brothers also work for us. Thank you for your dedication to the company!

Rafael Segura has faithfully served us for several years as a landscape foreman in Matteson. Rafael showed leadership by getting his best, positive results from the crew. When we needed an additional production manager, everyone voiced their unanimous vote of confidence for him. He now serves us utilizing his knowledge of construction techniques and encourages each laborer and foreman to do their very best.

Antonio Valdez is our watering guy. He waters all of our planters and landscape beds in the central business district. He is very energetic and understands how important watering is for the plants. He is always willing to work Saturday, Sunday, and during the evenings when water is needed.

ILCA’s 2017 Man of the Year Bill Davids

Clarence Davids & Company President, Bill Davids
Bill Davids

“Like father, like son,” is a phrase that in many ways could be applied to this years Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Man of the Year. The honor that is being accorded, however, recognizes an individual that, while continuing in the family landscaping business that his dad launched back in 1951 and serving – as his father had – as a president of the ILCA, 2017 Man of the Year recipient Bill Davids has made his own mark on the company he now leads – and on the industry it serves.

Though Bill followed to a large degree in the footsteps of his father, company founder Clarence, each man had a distinct vision for the company, which they applied in steering the business – an enterprise which has won more than 200 awards on state and national levels for achievement in landscape design and maintenance. Recently, in 2015, the company was recognized with four awards in Chicago’s Magnificent Mile Association’s Curb Appeal competition.

“We worked together many years,” relates the son, in recalling the familial collaboration. For his part, Bill Davids would pursue the design-build process, introducing a service offering that he believed was “necessary to go along with maintenance.” Today, the company is a full-service contractor offering a wide array of services from maintenance, design-build, installation, lawn care, snow removal and tree pruning to creating seasonal flower displays and providing holiday decor.

“Design always interested me,” says the younger Davids, who studied horticulture at Michigan State University. He conveys that in business such as the one in which he grew up – and grew into, “There’s a lot to learn.” He also acknowledges the senior Davids’ appreciation of this requisite to success. “My father thought education was important,” he relates. The current company president, in turn, carries the same outlook when it comes to developing employees. “We support further education,” he says. “As we’ve been blessed as the company grows, we bless other people with key positions.

A great example

The company also maintains a focus on environmental consciousness and sustainability, as well as expresses a commitment to providing a safe work place for employees, its customers and the general public. Impressive, too, is that fact that Bill Davids can name some big-time commercial clients that the company has maintained from the contractor’s early ventures into this market – an accomplishment that can be credited to company leadership.

Bill’s business leadership style has not gone unnoticed. Industry colleague, Jim Melka, who as founder of Melka Landscaping & Garden Center in Mokena, Ill., is another south suburban contractor observes, “The one word that comes to mind when thinking of Bill is ‘professionalism.’ It radiates throughout the entire company.”

Clarence Davids & Company has also maintained a long-time relationship with ILCA, a relationship that Bill values strongly. “ILCA has meant a lot to us over the years,” he says, citing learning opportunities the affiliation has afforded. He also expresses an appreciation of the affiliation with what he sees as some of the “most knowledgeable and largest landscaping firms in the United States.” It appears that fellow ILCA members have a mutual appreciation for Bill’s service to the association.

Preceding Bill as president of ILCA was Kenny Gallt, founder of Foliage Design Systems, Lombard, Ill. Gallt: “Bill is one of those quiet supporters of ILCA and the landscape industry. Through Bill’s leadership, he has grown Clarence Davids landscaping business into one of the most distinguished companies in the country. While doing this, Bill has found time to give to others in the community, and to ILCA as a past board member, office, and president.

“But more important, the association has always been able to call on Bill and his company for his support for talent for ILCA committees and participation in the ILCA programs,” Gallt continues. “Bill through his leadership sets a great example for anyone in this industry.”

A steady hand on the rudder

Frank Mariani, who leads Mariani Landscape in Lake Bluff, Ill., served on the ILCA board with Bill, and shares some observations of Bill’s manner. “What I enjoyed most is his steady and consistent hand on the rudder. He always took the time to think before he spoke and for that reason his words carried a lot of weight,” relates Mariani. “I also admire Bill as he took over for this father Clarence, who was a well-respected legend in our industry and one of the founding members of ILCA. Those were big shoes to fill and Bill was and still is up to the job!”

Also serving on the board with Bill was Scott McAdam, president of McAdam Landscaping, Forest Park, Ill. “What I always remembered was that he was a quiet leader,” recalls McAdam. “He had a calm demeanor about him and was very thorough in his thought process. He always had the best interest of the industry, even before his company, no matter what issue was before the board. He was also very humble and well grounded. He was quite passionate about the industry and what the association could do to help move us to be a more professional organization.”

Perhaps Melka sums up why Davids is being recognized with the Man of the Year honor for 2016-17. “Bill has set the bar to provide the highest quality of service and integrity in the landscape maintenance industry,” declares Melka. “I am proud to be involved in a profession that has such as a dedicated and reputable individual like Bill Davids.”

NOTE: This article appears in the January 2017 edition of The Landscape Contractor. It was written by Barbara Dutton.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT/DESIGNER

Clarence Davids & Company, a landscape architecture design-build firm, has an opening for a landscape designer in the Matteson, Illinois corporate office. The full time position will include developing design solutions and graphic presentations for both commercial and residential clients, with a strong emphasis on seasonal floral displays. The designer will also assist the production department and sales staff on the installation and supervision of projects.

Clarence Davids & Company was established in 1951 and specializes in landscape management, seasonal rotations, and design/build landscape construction. The company has three offices; Matteson, IL (Corporate), Plainfield, IL, and Ingleside, IL. More information can be found online at www.clarencedavids.com and facebook.com/clarencedavids.
This is an exciting opportunity to work for an award-winning design-build firm!

Skills required:
•    Graduate of an accredited Landscape Architecture Program
•    Experience in AutoCad, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office
•    Good knowledge of annuals, perennials, and woody plants
•    Strong design creativity, including seasonal floral design
•    Ability to work independently and be self-motivated

Interested applicants should send a resume and work samples to:
Alan Watkins
Clarence Davids & Company
22901 S. Ridgeland Avenue
Matteson, IL 60443
alan.watkins@clarencedavids.com

Clarence Davids Employee Anniversaries

Clarence Davids & Company is proud to have so many long-term employees. It is because of the commitment of our staff that were are able to be a consistent leader in the landscape industry. Below are some comments from Bill Davids regarding each employee celebrating an anniversary this year.

45 Years

Jose Marquez is one of our veteran maintenance foreman who works out of the Plainfield office. Jose has given us an amazing 45 years of loyalty, dedication, and job knowledge. We are truly grateful for his years of dedication to Clarence Davids & Company. Three cheers for Jose!

35 Years

Rodolfo Rojas is a maintenance foreman who works out of our Plainfield office. Rodolfo is in charge of maintaining one of our premier residential developments where his attention to detail and excellent communication skills are showcased.

Roman Zaragosa has been with Clarence Davids & Company for 35 years and has been a foreman at our Plainfield office for the past 16 years. His hard work, leadership, and excellent job knowledge can be seen on several of our large residential communities.

Constantino Capetillo is our head mechanic at the Matteson facility. Constantino is a true leader; a loyal and hardworking mechanic who always keeps us rolling. Constantino has been a valued mentor to many Clarence Davids & Company mechanics. Thank you Constantino!

30 Years

Samuel Nunez was elevated from crew member to the role of foreman 8 years ago at our Plainfield office. During this time, he has shown himself as a hard working, dependable foreman who always has happy clients. Thank you Samuel for giving 30 years of dedicate to Clarence Davids & Company.

Francisco Echeverria is a landscape maintenance foreman who works out of our Chicago satellite yard. He is responsible for several large residential and commercial accounts. Francisco takes great pride in his work. Thank you Francisco!

Jose Plascencia works in our lawn care and maintenance departments at our Plainfield branch. He also plays a key role in our snow operations. Jose is a dependable team player who bring 30 years of experience to all the departments he works in.

Cesario Moreno began working 30 years ago as a landscape laborer and his skill allowed him to rapidly rise to foreman. In 1998, Cesario’s experience led to a promotion to Landscape Project Manager at our Plainfield office. From overseeing complex annual installation to building outdoor patios and kitchens, Cesario’s ability to plan, execute, and complete all varieties of landscape jobs makes him a valuable member of our team.

25 Years

Debbie Davids has taken on many important responsibilities such as payroll, time sheet records, and planning special events. She also uses her cooking skills quite often at work.

Efren Cruz is a veteran crew member at our Plainfield office. He brings us 25 years of maintenance experience and we value his knowledge and dedication. Thank you for all of your efforts!

20 Years

Ciro Nuci has worked in many different departments of the company. This includes lawn care, maintenance, mechanic, and currently as our Matteson yard supervisor. He is flexible, dependable, and works whenever we need him. He organizes all the daily plant material for the crews.

Jose Luis Chavez is a landscape maintenance foreman who works out of our Chicago satellite yard. Along with excellent service to our downtown clients, Luis does holiday light installations. Thank you Luis!

Marcos Marquez is a landscape maintenance crew member at our Matteson office. He is a dedicated, loyal, and hard working member of the Clarence Davids team. Thank you Marcos!

Jorge Zaragoza is a veteran crew member at our Plainfield office and brings 20 years of dedicated and loyal service. We value his years of experience and appreciate all that he brings to our maintenance department.

Octavio Gonzalez began as a maintenance laborer, then progressed into a maintenance foreman at our Matteson office. He then transferred to our Ingleside office and took on the role of Maintenance Production Assistant. For the last 5 years, Octavio has been our Landscape Production Manager and supervisor of our mechanics. Octavio’s dedication, drive, hard work and client repore, has allowed our Ingleside landscape department to flourish. Thank you Octavio!

Jose Ortiz has been a versatile employee for our Plainfield office. Jose is a skilled landscape laborer working with many foremen over the years. However, Jose’s great talent is managing the Plainfield yard during the annual seasonal rotations. Jose makes sure our crews have the right plants and landscape material on a daily basis.

Guadalupe Solis is an incredible hard working and loyal landscape team member of the Plainfield office. After 20 years, Guadalupe has constantly performed the hard tasks that are needed to execute landscape plans to improve the appearance and functionality of our clients’ properties. Everyone enjoys having such an employee on their crew.

ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO

The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and EXPO was held in Chicago November 6 – 9, 2015. Many Clarence Davids & Company employees attended this fun, inspirational, and educational event. Check out the photos below!

Abbie, Renee, and Alan having fun in the ILASLA photo booth!
Abbie, Renee, and Alan having fun in the ILASLA photo booth!
Abbie attended a downtown walking tour
Abbie attended a downtown walking tour
Renee attended a residential garden tour on the North Shore
Renee attended a residential garden tour on the North Shore
Alan received an award for his work as Host Chapter Co-Chair
Alan received an award for his work as Host Chapter Co-Chair

 

Clarence Davids’ Employees Elected to ILASLA Executive Committee

Congratulations to Alan Watkins and Renee TeVogt who were both recently elected to the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Executive Committee! Alan will be the President-Elect and Renee will be the Secretary.

Alan_Watkins-0005Alan is an Account Representative in the Matteson office. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in 2013. Alan is involved with several professional and service organizations, including serving as the ILASLA Secretary since 2009 and the Host Chapter Co-Chair for the 2015 ASLA Annual Meeting and Expo. He is also an active member of the University of Illinois Landscape Architecture Department Resource Committee and the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association Scholarship Committee.

TeVogtRRenee is a landscape designer in the Matteson office. Her responsibilities at Clarence Davids are widely based; from the first steps designing residential and commercial sites to the final steps of overseeing the installation of her designs in the field. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013, where she was involved with ASLA as the Student Chapter President. Renee is currently working towards licensure and has served ILASLA as the Internal Communications Chair for the past 2 years.