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ProfAwrd_Hall of Fame: 2017_Daniel J. Eichenlaub
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Daniel J. Eichenlaub, Eichenlaub, Inc.
2017 Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Award is to recognize individuals who have served PLNA, the horticulture industry and their community throughout their lifetime. This award is designed as a tribute to volunteerism in PLNA and outstanding achievements in the horticulture industry. The recipient is judged on their promotion of PLNA and the industry, their standard of ethics, and the level of activity within the Association. The PLNA Hall of Fame Award has a strong history in the Association, with the first recipient Albert F. Meehan in 1952.

The recipient of the 2017 Hall of Fame Award is Daniel J. Eichenlaub.  Dan is president and co-founder of Eichenlaub Inc., a full-service, design-build landscape construction and maintenance firm in Pittsburgh that has provided award-winning service to residences and businesses in western Pennsylvania for more than 40 years.

Eichenlaub graduated from Penn State's College of Engineering with a degree in Architectural Engineering, but he is more closely involved with the College of Agricultural Sciences via his career and his involvement with various committees and activities. He also has a certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

While at Penn State, Eichenlaub was a member of the varsity rifle team, serving two seasons as captain, and his contribution to the team is recognized in the Penn State Sports Hall of Fame.

After graduation, he worked in the construction industry but soon moved on to take over Eichenlaub Inc., the landscape-contracting company he started with his five brothers, taking it to the next level by utilizing the skills he had developed in his construction management concentration.

In 2004, Eichenlaub was a founding principal of LandOpt, a company that brings managed business processes to independent landscape contractors throughout the country.

Eichenlaub is involved with state and national trade associations and numerous local organizations, including the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Promise. He also formally advocates for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the land-grant university system before Congress and state legislators. On behalf of the industry he testified before the Congressional Senate Judiciary on matters of workforce immigration. Most recently he was appointed to the PA Department of Agriculture Advisory Board in their Economic Development Partnership with Team Pennsylvania.

His PLNA service includes: the marketing committee in the mid 1980’s; The GR committee for decades and since its inception as a standing committee; and the Nominating committee. He was on the Board from 1989 -2006, then a second time from 2008-2012. During the later term I served as Secretary Treasurer at one point and Chairman. Currently he is the Chairman of the PLNA Foundation Trustees.

Eichenlaub especially enjoys interacting with students in the classroom, at career fairs, during projects, and while attending activities. He was the commencement speaker in 2015 for the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

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