Mr. Jim Huston

J.R. Huston Consulting Inc.
PO Box 559
United States


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.


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