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James Martin Associates (JMA), a full landscape service and snow management company, provided long-time partner Winnetka Community House (WCH) with outdoor holiday decorating and lighting for the first time in their 108-year history.


“JMA has decorated a variety of commercial and residential properties in the Chicagoland area, so we were happy to provide WCH with holiday design and installation services,” said Cris Poggi, Residential Manager and Vice President at James Martin Associates.


WCH also holds personal significance to JMA’s President and Founder Jim Martin. “The Community House has been a cornerstone in Winnetka for decades,” Martin said. “I used to go there growing up and to this day, it provides important services for the community.”

In the past, WCH only decorated the inside of their building for the holidays. This year, JMA provided a 12’ holiday tree with 1,200 lights, two large evergreen containers, decorative garland and wreaths, and yew hedge lighting. Labor was provided as well.


“Since the decorations were installed just prior to our huge sold out Breakfast with Santa event, many families and children have noticed and complimented them,” said Bob Thomas, President and CEO of WCH. “The decorations were very well received and truly added to the beauty and fun of the event.”


Thomas also noted that the decorations helped attract individuals to their organization for the holidays, allowing the WCH to show its importance and relevance in the neighborhood, and generally helped to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Because the response to the decorations has been so positive, Thomas said that “We hope to do this again next year as it is a wonderful show of collaborative support for the Community House from a vendor that we have a long-standing relationship with.”


Watch the video interview with Bob Thomas about the collaboration with JMA!

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:51

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Vernon Hills, IL—

At this year’s 11th annual Partner Appreciation Event, landscape and snow management company James Martin Associates (JMA) and its partners raised $4,710 for charity, with Russo Power Equipment making a substantial contribution to the total. Roger Fick of Wilson Nurseries won the raffle drawing and selected the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to receive the donation.


WWP serves military veterans who were injured on or after September 11th, 2001. It offers an independence program, a combat stress recovery program, peer and family support, and much more. They have 18 offices around the country, including a local office in Chicago.

This is the third time that JMA has donated to WWP through their Partner Appreciation Events. Fick himself enlisted in the Navy in 1956. He served first in the ceremonial guard in Washington, D.C. and then aboard the USS Boston.


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He said that organizations like WWP “hopefully encourage people to serve their country if they know both they and their family will be taken care of – even if they get wounded.”

Dan Miller from WWP’s Warrior Speak team accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. During his visit to JMA, Fick and Miller were able to exchange stories about their service in the military. “It’s always good to meet a fellow veteran and express just how much these kinds of donations mean to wounded warriors,” Miller said.


Image Courtesy of Roger Fick

“The mission of WPP is to honor and empower our nation’s warriors and help them lead a productive and happy life,” Miller said. “They have personally helped me do that, and I’m honored to be able to give back to this cause.”

“After almost 20 years of supporting the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation, I am happy that JMA can further support our soldiers and military veterans by this third contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Jim Martin, President of JMA. “It was great to share the presentation with long-time friend Roger Fick and new friend Dan Miller.”


JMA plans to host its 12th annual Partner Appreciation Event next year to continue its tradition of raising money for important causes like WWP.


About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.



Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates


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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 13:50

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