H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina named NALP 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is proud to announce H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina as the 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes a member who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, ensured advancement of the landscape industry by actions and endeavors, and serves as a shining example to current and future female entrepreneurs. This award will be presented at NALP LANDSCAPES 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky this October. The award was established in 2015 and Jackie is the 5th recipient of this prestigious honor.
“Creating a work environment that promotes diversity, that couples “The Gachina Way” – Respect, Courtesy and Professionalism, has allowed women to thrive within our organization. It is very inspiring to see so many women at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, who have chosen the Landscape Industry. When interviewing female candidates, I am encouraged by their greater numbers. These women are self-confident, knowledgeable, driven and prepared/ inspired to make an impact. We encourage them to intern with us and after graduation join our team. The fact that 45% of the Senior Management team is female speaks volumes,” Jackie comments.
Jackie is President and co-founder of Gachina Landscape Management; she assumed the role of President and CEO upon the passing of John Gachina December 2015. In 2018, Gachina Landscape was certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Pacific Region and is also a minority-owned business. 91% percent of the employees are a minority. Our organization represents cultures from over 10 countries and 4 continents; our strength comes from our diversity.
This “humble gardening company” has grown from three to over 450 employees. Jackie actively oversees the day-to-day operations; the company will be celebrating its 31st anniversary in July. Gachina has been named in the top 25 woman and minority-owned companies by the San Francisco Business Times the past three years. She was named to JobTrain’s Board of Directors and the Marketing and Development committee in 2018.
Jackie’s initial mission was to honor John’s legacy by leading the company and not selling. She continues John’s vision of leading the green industry in– sustainability, water management, farm-to-table, client satisfaction and valuing employees through continuous improvement – known in Japanese as Kaizen. She is active in various local, state and national trade organizations. Personally and professionally, Jaclyn is committed to the community. She generously supports multiple community outreach programs throughout the year with volunteers, landscape materials and cash donations.