We are proud to feature Ruppert Landscape in this month's Partner Spotlight. The company has been a Gold Partner of MHLA since 2021 and first joined the Association in 2018. Read below to learn more!
The roots of Ruppert Landscape started as many businesses do: a young person wanting to make some money to buy a car and hang out with friends. With a push mower and the use of his parents’ garage as home base, Craig Ruppert began asking neighbors if he could mow their yards in the early 1970’s. Within a few years’ time, that neighborhood yard business grew, and he was able to expand his services and hire a few employees, including his brother Chris. He started trying to learn everything he could about horticultural practices and running a business.
The first ten years progressed slowly. There were challenges and plenty of mistakes made along the way, all of which taught the team many life lessons. As the business evolved, we realized that our success was tied to a few simple values: work hard and do right by your employees, who will in turn take great care of your customers.
Over the next 50 years, the projects grew in scale and complexity. Residential lawns turned into developments, parks, and corporate campuses, while the focus on hustle and efficiency expanded to include horticultural knowledge and technical specialization.
Today, the company has expanded its ownership to be both family and employee owned. We pride ourselves on providing high-quality workmanship and unparalleled expertise in all phases of landscape construction, maintenance, and nursery production. The culture and values that made Ruppert Landscape a dynamic and successful business in its early years remain at its core today.
How does your business positively impact the lodging industry?
Ruppert Landscape provides a customized, proactive approach and careful execution that keeps your hotel property looking its best and serving the needs of your guests year-round. Our wide range of landscape enhancement solutions can help correct not only appearance but functionality, safety hazards, drainage issues, and aging/dying plant material. Our horticulturally knowledgeable crews are adept at tailoring our service to your climate zone and specific plant types, and can suggest improvements to make your landscape more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Cira Centre South (2021)
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*The Nominating Committee Report below was emailed to MHLA Members on 3-20-2023.
On behalf of the Association's Nominating Committee, we are pleased to share the 2023-2024 proposed board slate for the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association.
Per MHLA bylaws, “at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting, the Nominating Committee must notify the membership of the slate of officers and directors to serve the organization for the upcoming year. The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by voice vote by the Association every year at its annual meeting.”
The Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the “Stars of the Industry Awards” Luncheon taking place from 10:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Click here to register if you have not yet done so.
The proposed MHLA Board slate is below. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are serving in a seat vacated since last year’s Annual Meeting.
Nominations for Executive Committee (2023-2024 Term):
Chair: Michael Henningsen, Plamondon Hospitality Partners
Vice Chair: Linda Westgate, The Hotel at the University of Maryland /Cambria Hotel & Suites at College Park
Secretary: Beth Brainard, Canopy by Hilton Baltimore Harbor Point
Treasurer: Jim Starke, Best Western Plus BWI Airport / Arundel Mills
Immediate Past Chair: Chuck Chandler, Residence Inn Fulton at Maple Lawn
Nominations for Board of Directors (2022-2024 Term):
Katarina Burns, Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ
Skip Cerf, Sheraton Baltimore North
Mark Elman, Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront Suites
Rodney Gooden, Westin Annapolis Hotel
*Len Goodman, Courtyard Baltimore Hunt Valley
*Ian Harvey, Residence Inn Baltimore @Johns Hopkins Campus
Donte Johnson, Revival Baltimore
*Doug Klein, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
Peter Mangione, Turf Valley Resort
Dan McKeon, Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Patrick Miner, Courtyard Baltimore Downtown Inner Harbor
*Sandip Patel, Crossroads Hospitality
Tracey Pool, Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Ben Seidel, Real Hospitality Group
Junaid Siddiqi, Presidential Hotel Advisors
Donnie Sutton, Marriott BWI Airport
Nominations for Allied Directors (2022-2024 Term):
Kathy Konopik, HotelPro
Blake Nichols, Ecolab
Chris Rapp, Triple Crown Construction
Maryland Destination Marketing Organization Representative (Non-Voting):
Amanda Hof, Visit Howard County
Education Representative (Non-Voting):
Donnisha Grant, Anne Arundel Community College – Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute