Excellence in Landscaping Awards

ALCA's Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program
November 23 at The Wigwam Arizona in Litchfield Park

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The Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association held its 42nd annual Arizona Excellence in Landscaping Awards Program on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the beautiful Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ. Forty ALCA company members were recognized for their extraordinary landscape projects. Congratulations to all the winners!

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2018 Winners


southwestern native landscape - GRAHAM Residence

This award is given to a project that demonstrates the highest level of excellence and creativity. This award is the "Best of Show" project chosen from over 80 entries that were submitted. This project was entered in the category of single family residential installation $300,001 - $350,000.


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Earth care "for all that's green", Inc. - CAREFREE, ARIZONA PROPERTY

This award is given to a project that is planned and designed to create practical use of turf areas, has a selection of plants that appropriately uses mulches, soil amendments or improvements and efficient irrigation.  When properly designed and maintained, the xeriscape project saves water, time and money through reduced plant water needs and lower maintenance requirements. This project was entered in the category of Single Family Residential Installation $175,001 - $200,000.

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This award is given to a project that has benefited from applying practices which strive to preserve limited and valuable natural resources such as water and plant materials; reduce waste generation; allow for healthier, longer living and mature plant. This project was entered in the category Commercial Maintenance $350,001 - $500,000.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Beckley/Grounds Control LLC

     Tom Beckley was born in Upland California in June 1943.  One of 10 children, Tom and his family worked an orange grove before moving to Kailua, Hawaii.  Tom surfed 50 foot waves at North Shore before returning to the states in 1963 where he met the love of his life, Gayle.  Tom and Gayle were wed in 1972 raising three children and eventually becoming proud grandparents to seven grandchildren. Tom loves to cruise the world taking no less than eight cruises with many more planned.  He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying camping, golfing (sort of) and hiking the Grand Canyon. Tom hasn’t been able to catch a ride on an F35 yet but he is on the lookout for an opportunity.
     Tom was hired as a Foreman in 1978 by Dale Micetic when the business was called Dale’s Sprinkler Service. This company later became Grounds Control.  Over the next 40 years, Tom honed his craft rising to Vice-President of Construction for Grounds Control, LLC. Over the years, Tom has worked on or managed some of the largest landscape projects in Arizona.  It is estimated that he has worked on more than 1,000 projects totaling over $100MM.
     Anyone who has ever met Tom knows that he likes to laugh and joke around, but they quickly learn that Tom is a great Christian man and his word is his bond.
     For a life well lived, both on the job and at home, tonight we honor Tom Beckley with ALCA’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.  Congratulations Tom!

Bob Franchetto (left) presents the award to Tom Beckley.

Associate member of the year


    Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Nancy Clawson is a true native.  As the middle child of six children, she has always had a bright and shiny personality and outlook on life.  After working nearly 30 years in the multi-family housing industry, Nancy decided to make a career change and entered the promotional product realm.  Nancy took to this industry immediately, enjoying every aspect, especially helping her clients get the best products to help grow their businesses. 
     Nancy joined ALCA in 2014 and immediately became active in the association.   Not only does Nancy serve on the Member and Public Relations Committee, she also volunteers her time and talent to support and assist with ALCA Field Day, the annual trade show, and silent auction.  You can always find Nancy at the member mixer where she sells raffle tickets for the 50/50 drawing.
     Being a part of the Arizona business community and ALCA has allowed Nancy to forge and cherish life-long friendships.  Congratulations to Nancy Clawson, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Associate Member of the Year.

Becky Nunes and Dick Roberts (left) present the award to Nancy Clawson.

outstanding customer service Award


     Wade Taylor began his career in irrigation and landscape supply sales 15 years ago when he was hired as a driver for John Deere Landscapes. Wade’s self-starter attitude helped him quickly move up the ranks to counter sales and later store manager. Wade managed the Deer Valley branch of JDL, later SiteOne Landscape Supply, until 2014, when he was promoted to his current position as Key Account Manager. He was a two-time recipient of the Customer Service Award at SiteOne Landscape Supply, and a Branch Manager Action Team (BMAT) member from 2009-2013, working to develop best practices. Wade was the recipient of SiteOne’s 2016 Caveman Outstanding Seller Award and has the club to prove it. Wade excels at creating value and forging long-lasting relationships with his customers.
     Currently Wade is a board member for Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and a member of ALCA’s Member and Public Relations committee. He lives in Phoenix with his wife Heather, and their three children Wilson, Anna and Lewis. Congratulations to Wade Taylor, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Customer Service of the Year.

Kraig Wilson (left) presents the award to Wade Taylor.

landscape contractor of the year


     Tony has been involved in the landscape industry for over 25 years. His first 11 years were spent in New Jersey where he and his parents had a landscape and small enhancement company. Their company was involved in the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association.
     In 2003, Tony moved to the Valley of Sun and had to learn landscaping all over again. He has worn many hats here in Phoenix, starting out as a Field Supervisor and working his way to Project Manager, Account Manager, and Operations Manager.
     In 2008, while working for past ALCA President Rod Pappas, Tony was introduced to ALCA. He says he can clearly remember attending his first mixer six years ago and wanting to get involved in the association. That evening he introduced himself to Judy Gausman, ALCA’s CEO, and asked for opportunities to serve.
     Tony has served on the ALCA Board of Directors as Secretary, Vice President, Directory of Public Relations, President-Elect, and ALCA President.  Tony continues to volunteer his time developing and revising curriculum for ALCA’s AZ Certified Landscape Professional Program, instructs numerous courses and represents ALCA at the Smartscapes program.
     In his free time, Tony enjoys sporting events, off-roading in his jeep and being involved with his church. Since 2000 he has worked with Motor Racing Outreach as a Chaplain serving the AMA Superbike Series, WORCS Off-Road Series and occasionally NASCAR. Congratulations to Tony Acosta, ALCA’s 2018 Outstanding Landscape Contractor of the Year.

Joe Carranza (left) presents the award to Tony Acosta.