Xtreme’s winter warriors will measure up at ASCA’s Sandy Summit
If there’s any way to measure just how far Xtreme Snow Pros’ of Mahwah, New Jersey operation has come, Snow Magazine’s Top 100 is a good place to start.
For the last four years, Xtreme has measured up as a top 100 snow and ice removal contracting company. Owner, Chris Marino, expects that Xtreme and its commitment to excellence and growth with be included on that list again in 2016.
The top 100 contractors list is a revenue-based ranking compiled by Snow Magazine. Xtreme Snow Pros has worked its way up the list over the years. Marino’s company appeared on the top 100 list in 2012. In 2013, it was 74th. With a slight dip in 2014’s rankings to 86th, Xtreme rebounded to 52nd in 2015. This list has become one of the central fixtures at the annual Accredited Snow Contractors Association Executive Summits.
“My whole family will be attending the summit with me this season and they are able to attend the awards ceremony for the Top 100 snow contractors in North America,” he said. “We applied again this season and are hopeful to win (a spot on the list) again.”
Innovation over the past few years has helped Xtreme become one of the premier New Jersey / New York commercial snow and ice removal contractors. The Executive Summit, Marino said, only sets the company on course for bigger and better things.
“The biggest take off each year that I get from this is the power of networking with great friends from all over the U.S. and as far as Alaska and all the provinces of Canada,” Marino explained. “By networking, I am able to share ideas of how we do things as well as learn a wealth of information from industry professionals.”
The 2016 Executive Summit changes setting this year from the snow-cultured northern Vermont mountains of 2015 at Stowe Mountain Lodge to the tropical tides of Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida.
“During the winter, we are bound to the area by being on call 24/7 for five months, so it is nice to be able to have my family attend along with me at the industry event,” he said.
Preparation for winter – and election season
Beyond networking, the summit provides programming for contractors to learn more about what affects their business from professionals and analysts across several industries. David Crow, who is president of a Washington, D.C. bipartisan lobbying firm, will present a unique perspective on how the upcoming presidential election could affect small businesses such as those in commercial snow and ice management.
Presidential elections, historically, affect small, family-owned businesses, such as Xtreme Snow Pros, in positive and negative ways. The wrong decision about hiring or purchasing can have chilling effects on companies, which is why most take a wait-and-see approach. Xtreme takes the opportunity to have a more proactive approach to planning for the future. Its clients around the Metropolitan Area have come to depend upon faithful and timely service, which won’t be betrayed by a lack of preparation.
Presentations, such as Crow’s, have been key to Xtreme Snow Pros’ success and consistent appearance on the Top 100 list.
Overall, Marino relishes the opportunity the Executive Summit provides. “The biggest thing I have gotten from the past is making new friends with industry professionals whom I can lean on during the year if I have a question or an idea.”