The award is presented jointly by the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) and the MNLA Foundation. The award annually recognizes an individual whose innovation in private enterprise has positively influenced one or more green industry businesses in the region.
McGuiness began his career in the green industry in 1995 as a laborer for a small St. Paul landscaping company. His love of the industry continued as he founded his first company, which he called McGuiness Landscaping. The profits from this company helped McGuiness put himself through college and law school. Following graduation from the William Mitchell College of Law, he and a friend founded One Call Property Care.
While founding this business, McGuiness noticed an opportunity to help the green industry with his legal knowledge and skills. As a founding partner of the law firm Zlimen & McGuiness, he has dedicated his time and energy to helping members of the green industry decipher how laws and regulations apply to them, all the while keeping a hand in his One Call Property Care business.
“While there are many attorneys and law firms that are capable of providing legal services to members of the green industry, there are no other firms in our area that can demonstrate the green industry experience that is shown by Zlimen & McGuiness,” says outgoing MNLA President Van Cooley
McGuiness serves on two MNLA committees and, in his seminars for MNLA and at area supplier events, he has shown a talent for making otherwise drab subjects interesting and entertaining.
As part of the award, the MNLA Foundation made a donation of $1,000 in Patrick McGuiness’ name to the William Mitchell College of Law.
This award was created to honor the legacy of the late Todd Bachman, former CEO and chairman of the board of Bachman’s Inc., who died tragically in the summer of 2008. Over the course of his career, he held leadership positions with the Society of American Florists, the American Floral Endowment, the North Central Florists Association, the Widmer Research & Education Fund, the Minnesota Commercial Flower Growers Association and the MNLA Foundation.