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Stay Green Inc. Named to Industry Leader List

Lawn and Landscape have named Stay Green Inc. a top landscaping company in North America

Being among the top 100 landscape companies in North America comes as a result of the efforts of every team member, every day, to uphold the values of service and customer care that we strive to achieve for every client.

Stay Green Inc., a Southern California-based landscape industry leader, has once again been named to Lawn and Landscape Magazine’s list of the Top 100 landscaping companies in North America.

“This is an incredible achievement for our entire team,” said Stay Green CEO Chris Angelo. “While we’ve been successful in growing Stay Green over the past several years, the fact remains that we always have been, and remain, a family-owned business and we still operate on those values. We’re proud of every one of our more than 300 team members who contribute to this success each and every day, in eight counties throughout Southern California.”

Lawn and Landscape, a publication geared toward landscape industry professionals, has released the Top 100 list annually for more than two decades, and Stay Green has appeared on the list multiple times. Stay Green is ranked No. 81 on this year’s list and holding steady, having been ranked No. 80 last year.

The Top 100 report in the May issue noted Stay Green’s recent acquisition of Pacific Crest Landscape of Orange County, part of the company’s efforts to broaden its Southern California footprint and connect with markets that are a good match for Stay Green’s services.

“Being among the top 100 landscape companies in North America comes as a result of the efforts of every team member, every day, to uphold the values of service and customer care that we strive to achieve for every client,” Angelo said. “We’re in a very competitive industry, so when this sort of success is achieved, it tells you not just that your team is doing something right — they’re doing a lot of things right.”

Stay Green is one of 14 California-based companies on the list, the most of any state, for the 10th consecutive year. All told, the 100 companies on the list generated $10.2 billion in revenue in 2018, an increase of 6.27% from 2017. The list, which ranks companies based on revenue from landscape profit centers, includes companies from 27 states as well as three from Canada.

In the written introduction to the Top 100 report in the magazine’s May issue, T.J. Landrum, vice president of marketing for gasoline engines with Top 100 sponsor Kohler Co., noted that 11 new companies cracked the Top 100 this year.

“In a rapidly changing environment, with challenges around every corner, it is inspiring to see the hard work of so many businesses paying off with such impressive growth,” Landrum said. “We congratulate all of Lawn Landscape’s readers for your dedication to advancing the industry.”

The family-owned Stay Green headquarters are in Santa Clarita, and its more than 300 employees serve clients throughout Southern California including Kern County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Orange County, Riverside County and San Diego County.

About Stay Green

Founded in 1970, Stay Green Inc. (http://www.staygreen.com) provides award-winning landscape maintenance, tree care, and plant health care services for premiere residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout Southern California. Stay Green serves clients throughout Southern California, and exercises environmental stewardship through its Sustainability Practices, which are applied across all service lines to help customers protect the environment as well as the bottom line. Stay Green Inc. is recognized as a leading provider of high-quality landscape services, having achieved a 95 percent customer retention rate, along with receiving the industry’s most prestigious awards.

SAE International Announces Formation of New Standards Committee for Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems

In conjunction with the timing of the 53rd International Paris Airshow,SAE International® announced the formation of the new SAE G-34 Committee for Applied Artificial Intelligence in Aviation Systems.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to transform the aerospace industry, impacting all areas in which computing and aerospace intersect. AI will embed into and transform the digital systems used to design, manufacture, operate, and maintain aerial vehicles, and when leveraged successfully, it will dramatically change how the aerospace industry operates.

The new SAE International committee will help guide safe and successful adoption of AI technologies in through the development of industry consensus standards and recommended practices within SAE. The committee will evaluate applications for AI usage in aviation systems, with an initial focus on systems critical to performing and managing flight and will propose standards to support implementation and certification.

“To realize these benefits, the industry must come together to ensure AI is applied in a safe, stable, and scalable manner. Standards must be developed that the entire industry ecosystem can support. They must be developed in conjunction with our regulators, and most importantly, they must engender the public trust,” Mark Roboff, committee chair, said.

“This new committee is being formed at a critical time as the public takes a hard look at the role automation and machine learning play in flight and in the wider aviation system. Formed from membership across the aerospace and aviation ecosystem, this committee will identify the best practices and will establish the standards that ensure AI can be applied and certified in a manner that achieves these criteria,” Roboff added.

The new committee proposal follows the expert panel on AI at SAE’s Aerospace Standards Summit in October 2018 and is supported by the strategic assessment of the SAE International Digital and Data Steering Group (DDSG) and input from numerous stakeholders across the value chain. As part of its ongoing function, the committee will pursue similar efforts in other industry spaces such as automotive to benefit from cross-sector collaboration.

“There has been considerable anticipation in the formation of the G-34 committee and SAE International is honored to support the global aviation community in supporting the integration of artificial intelligence applications through the development of consensus standards,” states David Alexander, SAE International Aerospace Standards Director. “Artificial intelligence and machine learning are critical enablers of the industry’s future and a key part of SAE’s strategic mission to advance aviation technology and capability. We look forward to working with the committee members in developing the necessary standards for the application of AI.”

SAE International is a global association committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs award-winning programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.

                                                                                             – http://www.sae.org

Dealers Now Have Unequaled Insight and Control Over the Liability and Financial Impacts Caused by Safety Recalls

Most dealers are unable to obtain the full liability and financial impacts of safety recalls, or the specific actions they should take to minimize these risks and maximize profitability. Worse, mainstream recall sources often fail to identify affected vehicles or provide delayed recall reporting for weeks to months later. Dealers can ill-afford to find out after selling vehicles that they were affected prior to sale.

Therefore, to help dealers make even better business decisions, AutoAp today launched Safety Recall Insights℠. Using proprietary business intelligence technology, Safety Recall Insights leverages AutoAp’s Dynamic Recall Management (DRM) service, which provides the most accurate, timely and comprehensive recall management capabilities in the industry.

“I can see our safety recall performance at a glance, right on my phone. Before we started using AutoAp’s services, we thought we had recalls handled. I don’t think there’s anything else out there that can compare.” – Mike Baker, Digital Media Manager, Antioch Auto Group: Antioch, CA.

Safety Recall Insights enables dealers to:

  • Gain insights into their safety recall liability and financial impacts,
  • Reduce liability based on specific recommendations rendered by Safety Recall Insight’s on-demand business intelligence,
  • Generate additional warranty reimbursement by identifying more in-brand safety recalls, and
  • Compare performance against dealers in their state, nationally, those who carry their brands, and Best Practices dealerships.

Safety Recall Insights incorporates AutoAp’s Safety Recall Liability Score℠, and is also accessible from mobile devices for on-hand and on-demand recall insights, showing the results of their recall management efforts.

“AutoAp’s services are the key to our success in the market. Their new business intelligence service – coupled with AutoAp’s Dynamic Recall Management service – makes it simple for any dealer to solve the recall problem.” – Brad Sowers, Dealer Principal, Jim Butler Auto Group: St. Louis, MO.

This proprietary SaaS (software as a service) product enhances AutoAp’s DRM service, used by more than 1,000 dealership rooftops and by numerous rental car companies and fleet managers.

AutoAp’s research indicates that on average, dealerships nationwide have more than 15 vehicles out of every 100 in inventory with at least one open safety recall – a 15% ‘open rate’. DRM users have decreased their average ‘open rate’ to 4.7% and ‘power users’ have an open rate of 2.6%, an 83% reduction of ‘open-recalled vehicles’ in inventory, with a commensurate reduction in recall liability.

“This is a game-changer. We’ve evaluated the information that comes from other providers who claim they have a good recall solution…they simply don’t come close to the reliability we get from AutoAp. You’re taking your chances if you don’t use AutoAp’s services. It’s like an insurance policy that pays for itself…plus so much more!” – Brad Preble, President, Carr Auto Group: Beaverton, OR.

Safety Recall Insights enables dealers to easily visualize the full economic gain to their dealership when they resolve recalls quickly. Dealers can:

  • Reduce holding costs
  • Increase revenue
  • Improve service bay efficiencies
  • Boost service warranty reimbursement revenue
  • Save significant time managing safety recalls
  • Obtain the most accurate and timely safety recall alerting system available

“Without an automated service providing on-demand insights to the liability and costs associated with safety recalls, it is difficult to know the full safety recall impacts. AutoAp’s solutions are the only insightful, accurate, timely and comprehensive professional-grade services – which are what dealers demand in this frequent-recall and highly-litigious market,” Mark Paul, CEO of AutoAp, Inc. told us.