James Huston has over forty years of diverse business management experience and holds an MBA degree in finance. He is also a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators. He is a Certified Professional Landscape Estimator and he is one of only two such CPLE’s in the world.
As a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, he held positions in finance, aviation supply inventory management and procurement. After his tour of duty with the Marines, he became a senior production control analyst for the Electronics Division of General Dynamics.
Since 1987, he has been a management consultant to the Green Industry. Early in his career, he was in charge of the consulting division for Charles Vander Kooi and Associates, Inc.; and in 1989 he formed J. R. Huston Consulting.
Mr. Huston has written seven books that deal specifically with the Landscape, Irrigation and Tree Care Industries. They are:
Benchmarks for Landscape Construction Professionals
Job Descriptions for Green Industry Professionals (also in audio book)
A Critical Analysis of the MORS Estimating System (also in audio book)
How to Price Landscape & Irrigation Projects (also in audio book)
Strategic Planning for Landscape & Irrigation Contractors
Preparing for & Responding to a Down Economy
Estimating for Landscape & Irrigation Contractors
Mr. Huston has assisted in the computerization of the estimating and/or accounting of hundreds of companies in the Green Industry. He has also closely monitored a number of those companies over an extended period of time. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada consulting with Landscape, Irrigation and Tree Care contractors; conducting estimating workshops; and installing estimating and accounting software. He has also assisted in the evaluation, purchase and/or sale of over one hundred Green Industry companies.