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Jim Martin Honored as ILCA's 2024 Person of the Year

Mundelein, IL – James Martin Associates proudly shares that President, Jim Martin, has been honored as the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) 2024 Person of the Year. This distinguished accolade celebrates Martin's extraordinary contributions to the landscaping industry, showcasing his unwavering commitment to business excellence, philanthropy, mentorship, and community service.

A Legacy of Leadership and Innovation

Established in 1977, James Martin Associates reflects the vision and leadership of its founder, Jim Martin. Martin's business philosophy, encapsulated in the principles of "Survival, Survival with Meaning, Success, and Significance, has not only shaped the trajectory of his company but has also left an indelible mark on the green industry. Through decades of dedication, Martin has demonstrated a unique blend of artistic vision and astute business acumen, driving the industry's growth. His journey from a local enterprise to a multi-specialty firm with a presence in both Illinois and Colorado is a testament to his forward-thinking approach and commitment to innovation in the landscaping industry.

ILCA 2024 Person of the Year

Mentorship and Influence

Jim Martin's impact extends far beyond the walls of his companies James Martin Associates and LID Landscapes, Colleague and friend, Frank Russo, President of Russo Power Equipment, lauds Martin's role as a mentor and leader. “Martin's commitment to setting high standards and empowering his team has fostered a culture of excellence at James Martin Associates”.

Heidi Sibert, Senior Landscape Architect and Senior Vice President at James Martin Associates notes that “Martin's influence spans generations, as he has actively contributed to the development of budding high school and college students, as well as seasoned professionals within the industry”.

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Philanthropy and Community Commitment

Jim Martin's commitment to giving back to the community is as noteworthy as his professional achievements. Beyond business success, James Martin Associates has raised over $260,000 for various charities through his company. For the past 25 years, James Martin Associates has provided scholarships to local high schools, regional junior college employees children, and universities across the United States, exemplifying a deep-rooted commitment to supporting the education and development of the next generation of landscape architects, landscape designers, and horticulturists.

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A Visionary for the Future

Jim Martin's active participation in various industry committees, including ILCA and the National Association of Landscape Professionals where he served in the predecessor organization PLANET as President from 2007 – 2008. His approach has always been forward-thinking, focusing on innovation, collaboration, and professional development in the landscaping field.

In conclusion, the ILCA 2024 Person of the Year Award is a fitting tribute to Jim Martin, whose leadership, mentorship, and commitment to community service have elevated James Martin Associates and L.I.D. Landscapes and left an enduring impact on the landscaping industry as a whole. As we celebrate this achievement, we look forward to witnessing the continued growth and influence of a true visionary in the field.

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Leslie Cuna

Leslie Cuna

Leslie started with James Martin Associates as a Marketing Intern in May 2022 and transitioned to a Part-Time Office Administrator role while pursuing her studies. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she was promoted to Marketing and Communications Associate. Leslie's journey at James Martin Associates has been marked by growth and opportunity.