Hi! Iím Barb Helfman, President of TOPsiders, Inc. Iíve been an interior plantscaper for over 25 years and, at one time, owned the largest such company in Southwestern Ohio.

Early on I became very involved with industry associations, IPA, ALCA, and OFA, and have served on their Boards of Directors. At one point, I was asked to speak and this led to a long line of seminars and presentations covering a wide range of industry topics.

In addition to speaking, Iíve been a writer for Interiorscape Magazine for over 19 years and in 1997 I was inducted into CIPAís Industry "Hall of Fame". Currently, I act as one of three spokespersons for "Plants At Work" our industry information and marketing project. In other words, folks, I know this business!

My goal is simply to apply my knowledge and experience to help the plantscapers I work with succeed. My coaching and consulting programs are structured to accomodate everyone, from the new plantscaper to the most experienced. My new InnerCircle Program is designed to be a highly cost effective way to help you achieve your business development goals.

                 "The Operations Guru" for Interior Plantscapers!

::Johnson Fediw Associates, based in Houston, TX, provides operations and service consulting, horticulture and management training, and other educational and consulting services exclusively for the interior landscape industry and its allies. We serve businesses and organizations throughout the United States and the British Commonwealth, including New Zealand and Australia.

       Our interior landscape consulting services include:
Quality control programs.
Recruiting, hiring, and employee retention programs and systems.
Coaching and training for operations managers, supervisors, trainers,
       and  Owners.
Training programs for interiorscape technicians, supervisors, and
       sales reps.
Subirrigation consulting and retrofit project management.
Beneficial insect pest control programs and pesticide compliance.
Our horticulture education and training services include:
Training workshops for interior landscape technicians and supervisors.
Full-day and half-day programs.
Break-out sessions and keynotes for conferences


Better employee training starts with the individual. At Linnaea Newman Associates, we believe increasing the effectiveness, professionalism and productivity of just one employee can create a positive ripple effect throughout your entire organization.

We provide motivating, inspiring and results oriented training "experiences" for your company. Our Better Training Done With FunTM approach supports a standard of training excellence backed by over 30 years of horticulture and plantscaping experience.

Linnaea Newman Associates brings your company strong knowledge and systematized best practices. Everything we do for you is grounded by the bottom line results you demand from implementing any training program.

Linnaea Newmanís activities as an author, speaker, consultant, professional trainer and horticulturist keeps her clients at the forefront of the ever-changing Interiorscape Industry.

Her experience and proactive work give you and your staff access to the best training techniques - past, present and future.



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