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SHELL POINT LANDSCAPE MANAGER
STEVEN MORTON EARNS NATIONAL CGM CERTIFICATION
— Steven Morton,
Landscape Manager for Shell Point Retirement Community, recently became
one of only 127 grounds management professionals in the nation to
successfully complete the Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program
offered through The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).
Morton has been with Shell Point since 2005, and in addition to this
recent certification, he is a Certified Horticultural Professional,
Certified Landscape Inspector, Certified Arborist, and has a license in
Pesticide Application for Lawns and Ornamental Plants issued by the
State of Florida.
The property at Shell Point Retirement Community is comprised of more
than 500 acres and Morton is responsible for of all the
landscaping outside of the golf course. He oversees 17 employees in his
department, as well as five contract turf-care contractors, and watches
over a range of horticultural plants from palms to orchids.
“I try to encourage my employees to seek greater horticultural
knowledge through industry associations,” said Morton. “In the
last five years, members of my team have achieved 16 separate
certifications from various organizations representing different
aspects of horticultural disciplines. The outcome of the Shell Point
Landscape Management Team’s increased level of knowledge has resulted
in improved beautification in our landscaping; enhanced technical
expertise; improved communication; and formal recognition of our
department within the organization.”
Morton earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis on
Horticulture from the University of Missouri, Columbia. The
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) awarded his team at
Shell Point with “The Green Star Award” for excellence in
Founded in 1911, PGMS is a nationally known individual membership
society of grounds professionals dedicated to advancing the grounds
management profession through education and professional development.
Further information on PGMS and its CCM program is available online at
www.PGMS.org. To achieve the CGM professional designation, an
individual must first have accomplished a certain level of education
and on-the-job experience. Then they must successfully complete a
two-part examination process administered by PGMS.
Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care
retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two
miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national
accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in
the retirement industry. The community offers retirement living
in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course
which is open to the public, as well as recreational/fitness facilities
and deep water boating access for its residents. To learn more
about Shell Point, visit us at www.shellpoint.org or call
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