Education of Hardscape Contractors in all
Segments of Business and Installation

About Us

We believe in contractor education. It is the foundation of all great hardscapes.


Greg Ambrose founded Fairlawn Consulting in 2007 to enhance the overall educational process for hardscape contractors. He is dedicated to the education of hardscape contractors in all segments of business and installation. He shares this through specializing in hands-on seminars and sharing his various real-life experiences through one-on-one consultation, as well as speaking to groups, and conducting industry sponsored certifications. Most recently Greg has worked as a consultant on the largest historical road renovation in Panama City, Panama Central America, and on the largest ICP installation at the Moin Container Port in Moin, Cost Rica. He has also shared his knowledge at such events as Hardscape North America in Louisville KY, Landscape in Chicago IL, MGIA Show in Detroit, MI, CENTs Show in Columbus OH, and Green n Growin’ Show in Greensboro, NC. As well as Nationally for Belgard (Oldcastle APG) training events.

Greg is an ICPI Level One Contractor and Instructor who has taught more than 200 classes in over 27states and Canada. Since 1998 he has certified over 6,000 students. He is also Certified as both a Contractor and an Instructor for the ICPI Commercial Technicians and PICP Technicians classes as well as the Advanced Residential Technicians classes. He has Certificates from The NCMA and the School for Advanced Segmental Paving and is the lead instructor for the school. Over the past 3 years Greg has instructed more than twice as many ICPI classes as any other instructor!

Greg has worked in various roles in the concrete paver industry since 1984. Prior to starting Fairlawn Consulting, Greg spent seven years as Vice-President for a Cleveland-based hardscape company specializing in high-end residential and commercial applications where his company successfully completed the largest historical brick road renovation in North America at the time. Greg currently runs United Hardscape, LLC located in Akron, OH.

Greg appeared on 4 episodes of Discovery Channel’s Hometime, as well as having offered how-to advice for consumers and contractors on radio. Greg has also enjoyed multiple speaking engagements on all aspects of hardscape installation such as; Commercial Installations, Mechanical Installations, How to Sell In-Home, How to Prequalify Your Customers, Specialty Hardscape Installations, and Bidding and Estimating. Greg has also contributed regularly as an author for Hardscape Magazine. Greg has also contributed to the writing of the Advanced Residential Paver Technician and Commercial Paver Technician Student Manuals for the ICPI.

Introduction

Every contractor should ask themselves this question when faced with a jobsite decision. What is the most efficient way to perform this task without sacrificing Safety or Quality? It is very easy to show someone how to install Hardscapes if they have all the proper tools, compaction equipment, a skid steer and a workforce of 15-50 semi-skilled laborers. Especially when you are talking about doing a 100 SF area that might already have been excavated, as is the current format for hands-on training. It is my intent to take the hands-on training to the contractor at a reasonable cost. The goal is to reach the mid level installer and educate them on how to be more efficient with their current resources.

Concept

The industry needs a way to bridge the gap between the large group, manufacturer sponsored eyes-on trainings that wow the contractor by showing him what kind of tools are necessary to install pavers. That is where this program would be different. This program is geared towards training companies' laborers as well as the foreman and even the owner. The training would take place on one of the contractors paying jobs. THE OWNER AND HIS CREW WOULD BE GETTING PAID TO LEARN. He would also not have to sacrifice days out of his market, and would be getting trained at a fraction of the cost of sending the same employees out of town. His savings would be that he did not send 4 laborers to get trained, the training came to them. Showing them how to be as efficient as possible with the equipment they have, and at the same time doing an informal safety audit. This would more than compensate for the original investment over time. This would hopefully create a new crop of contractors that would now be better prepared both financially and mentally to take on the next level of training. With the next level being The School for Advanced Segmental Paving, Charles Vander Kooi and Associates and ICPI Level 2 Certification

Target Market

If you are an owner who recognizes that there is a right way and a wrong way to install pavers, and wants to learn the right way. If you are an owner who understands that building better hardscapes will lead to a ber more profitable company. If you are an owner who wants to become more efficient with what you have, than you can use our services. Too many companies are using their current ICPI certificate as a marketing tool, and not implementing the proper methods. We want a Contractor that is ICPI certified, has been in business for at least one year and has at least one year experience installing hardscapes.

Fees

Contact us for a quote on our services. Belgard Authorized Contractors will receive a 20% discount on their first consulting visit.


  • SASP Pave Tech
  • Hardscape North America
  • Belgard University
  • The SASP Training Video
  • Site One Landscape Supply
  • ICPI
  • Belgard
  • Fred Azar Landscaping