August 15, 2013
Landscape Ontario members can take advantage of lower telecom costs through a service offered by endorsed supplier Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants.

Members can save an average of 30 per cent per year from their local services, cellular, long distance, Internet and conferencing.

LO member Dave Leuschner, president of Leuschner Lawn and Landscape in Gormley, highly recommends the program “especially for those that have several mobile devices, since these types of rate plans are complex and change often. It was in this area that we realized the greatest savings.”

Leuschner added that his company also saw small savings with its Internet provider. “Schooley Mitchell’s fees are paid back quarterly, so there is no large cash outlay. Most important to me, is that they will perform a post-audit of the new billing amounts for the various services to ensure that the changes made were implemented as promised. The staff I dealt with were great. The process is something I could have undertaken myself if I had the time and energy. However, I think they probably wielded more leverage in the bargaining department.”

“One of the easiest business decisions I’ve actually pays you in savings!” said Jeff Ronhaar of Jeff’s Lawn Care of Binbrook.

Past president of Landscape Ontario Gerald Boot of Boot’s Landscaping in Toronto says, “It’s an independent review of your phone services. They only get paid if they save you money, so you can’t lose. It’s a win-win.”

Mary Shearman Reid CLP of Green Thumb Garden Centre in Nepean said, “The process was brilliant from start to finish. Neil Brady looked after me.  He very clearly asked what our current telecom uses were and then asked for a copy of each of the bills. He realized I sold flowers and I was relying on his telecom expertise. Small as Green Thumb is, he has us all organized for the 21st century with substantial savings to us, and with no cash outlay. His company and our company share the savings.  His timing was crisp and his follow-up impeccable.  Five star rating from us.”

Neil Brady says that customers share in the savings 50/50 over the specified time period — and then you receive all of the savings. The audit is free so if you don’t accept the recommendations then there is no charge.

To find out more about the program, contact CNLA Member Services at 1-888-446-3499, or go to