John Janes | Landscaping Marketing Manager
As home-based work and school have become the new normal in 2020, more and more homeowners have turned their focus to landscaping projects. You’ve probably already noticed one of the big design demands: water feature installations. So how can you turn this growing trend into profit for your business? Becoming a Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) is great place to start.
We caught up Greg Wittstock, CEO and founder of Aquascape Inc., and a few of the country’s top CAC artists on a project site at—drum roll, please—Shaquille O’Neal’s Georgia residence to learn why and how this certification program can bring big benefits to your business.
Artistic Qualities: John and Tristan Adams, father-son duo of Modern Design Aquascaping Inc., explain that a combined interest in art and nature is a must. “The best advice I can give to contractors interested in becoming aquascapers is (to ask yourself) if it’s artistically appealing to you to create something. If you don’t have the artistic inspiration, it’s just not going to be your thing.”
John and Tristan Adams
Residential Focus: Dan Harp, of Mark The Pond Guy and 2018 CAC Artist of the Year, explains that pond installations are a design-build application; you have to evolve with the project. Commercial work can get a bit tricky since the plans are usually already laid out in advance, and leave less room for fluid design.
As an added bonus, CACs have access to exclusive discounts on Caterpillar rentals and new equipment. To learn more about becoming a CAC and Aquascape’s professional partnership programs, visit: Aquascapeinc.com.
Landscaping Marketing Manager
John Janes has been bringing his diversified expertise to sales and marketing initiatives at Caterpillar for more than a decade. Not only does he hold an LIC certification from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), CSP and ASM certifications from the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), but Janes also serves as an American Concrete Institute (ACI)-certified concrete flatwork technician.