• Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services Employees Receive Industry Designations for Snow and Ice Management

    Cornerstone Partners Horticultural Services (CPHort) is proud to announce that two of its employees have been recognized by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), one of the largest trade associations dedicated to the industry.

    Nick Topf, production director, was awarded the 2020 Snow Operations Employee of the Year Award for his leadership and work in snow operations. Nominees were considered based on their roles within an organization and how they impact the successful execution of field operations. 

    “Nick has a strong knowledge and understanding of proper snow and ice management procedures that enable him to lead our teams successfully,” said Jim Turcan, president and CEO of CPHort. “He previously earned his Advanced Snow Management (ASM) certification, which is designed to give individuals the knowledge needed for safe and responsible snow and ice management operations. These two designations show Nick’s eagerness to improve best practices for our company and our customers.” 

    Also, Carlos Contreras, maintenance and plant health care manager at CPHort, earned his ASM certification. Carlos successfully completed courses last winter to obtain this designation and was recognized for his achievement at the SIMA Symposium last month. 

    “As a company, I strongly encourage and support any team member’s willingness to pursue ongoing education or obtain an industry-specific certification,” Turcan explains. “For Carlos, working to achieve his ASM not only helps increase his knowledge in the industry, but it elevates the professionalism and abilities of our entire company as he shares this information with his crews. It’s also a reassurance to our customers that we adhere to our industry’s best practices when it comes to safety in snow and ice management control. We commend Carlos for his commitment in completing the course work and striving for excellence for himself, his crews, and the company overall.”