Midwest Groundcovers LLC announced that Peter Orum has been named ILCA’s 2014 Man of the Year. Peter will be honored and celebrated at the Excellence in Landscape Awards Night held on February 26 in Schaumburg, IL at the iLandscape Show.

Peter Orum

Peter Orum

The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) bestowed its very first Person of the Year Award in 1969 and has recognized men and women that have positively influenced changes in the green industry.

Scott Grams, Executive Director of ILCA, stated that the Board Committee annually chooses and reviews about 15 to 20 candidates. Candidates selected have held various important positions in ILCA, and are also known and recognized for achievements and contributions made within ILCA and the industry as a whole.

“Peter’s example is one of joining in and being an active part of the community and energetically working to make a difference,” says Orum’s daughter, Christa Orum-Keller, Vice President and Vice Chairman for Midwest Groundcovers, Chairman of the Board for Midwest Trading and an active ILCA participant. “He takes an optimistic ‘can do’ approach and it is infectious. He is an absolute inspiration for people to learn and [to] join in – not stand on the sidelines,” she added.

“You cannot do it alone. Nobody can do a lot by themselves,” declares Orum. “I built Midwest Groundcovers with my wife and endless numbers of hard-working people.” Orum credits his Companies’ employees for playing a pivotal role in Midwest’s success. His business approach, that of helping his customers succeed and succeeding through their success, led to his continuous support of ILCA. “[Peter] built the Midwest culture of customer focus,” remarks Orum-Keller. “[He] encourages us to dream and challenge ourselves, but to keep ourselves grounded in reality and the practical basics of business – and that starts with our customers.”

Orum has built many relationships throughout the industry and has supported many national, international and local industry associations. He served on the board for many years and was President of the Illinois Nurserymen’s Association (INA) – now the Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA); the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) – now AmericanHort; and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). He served as Director to the International Board from the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators Society (IPPS), and became the International President in 1999. He facilitated many HRI funds and has been a voice for political and legislative issues for the industry