October 15, 2011
Owner Garlatti Landscaping, LaSalle, and past Windsor Chapter presidentDan Garlatti joined LO because he saw that the finest companies in the industry were members. “I wanted to be a part of that experience, he says.
A past president of the Windsor Chapter, Garlatti looks after all the social events (golf tournament, baseball, etc.) that the group runs over the year.
His favourite memory with the Chapter was when all the member companies got together and created a display garden at Devonshire Mall to promote LO to the general public. “That was a very successful event,” says Garlatti.
“The benefits I receive from volunteering are numerous. I get to meet with a great group of people every month (our board). We have great social outings, where I get to talk to fellow company owners who are members, or potential members,” says Garlatti. “I also get caught up on all the gossip about our local landscape scene. Many of our events benefit charities, which is what makes me feel good about LO.”
A member of LO since 1996, Garlatti believes that the association needs to become more relevant to the chapters that are geographically located in the boundary areas of the province.
He feels there needs to be decentralizing from the Toronto area. “We need a smaller head office with more satellite offices. However, I realize this is easier said than done, and may not be entirely feasible in the near future.”
Garlatti also carries out some volunteer service in the community from time to time. “With two young daughters, I don’t have a lot of spare time.”