Chris Marino, president of Xtreme Snow Pros, had the privilege of attending Legislative Day in Washington DC. Members of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) were invited to meet with representatives of the US Congress and Senate.
Chris’ family took the road trip with him to enjoy the nation’s capital. Chris vaguely remembers his last trip to DC as a child. He recalls all the buildings - the might and status they portrayed seeming larger than life to him. Today, as a successful business owner, while his reverence and appreciation for the city has remain unchanged, he finds that his perspective is different. Arriving in DC with willful purpose and determination to make a difference cannot be compared to the simplicity of touring the city as a child. This time, the buildings seemed small in comparison to what they stood for and what occurred within their walls.
Members of ASCA and PLANET discussed two main topics: frivolous litigation and immigration reform. Snow management professionals and landscape company owners from all over the US expressed their perspectives, discussed specific issues, and proposed solutions. Many left with high hopes that a journey to the nation's capital had a positive impact on their industry as a whole. Chris had the honor of meeting New Jersey representatives and their staff members. He was pleased to find that so many local government officials cared deeply about snow industry related issues that mattered to him and his colleagues.
Chris' family had a great time visiting The Air and Space Museum and The Smithsonian. His children especially enjoyed touring the city and indulging in the abundance of restaurants. The family favorite is “the soul of Washington DC,” Georgia Brown’s.
As The Xtreme Snow Pros grows, so do the responsibilities to contribute to the future of the Snow Management Industry. Chris, along with his colleagues who attended Legislative Day, hope to continue to pave the way for success, fair practices, and overall excellence for all aspects of Snow Management.