Allegiance Award Winners
Heath Bedal, Steve Jacobs Win 2022 Allegiance Awards
In recognition of their years of service and leadership, the California Landscape Contractors Association presented Heath Bedal and Steve Jacobs with its Allegiance Award, the association’s most prestigious honor.
The award, which is given only to a green industry professional who has been a member of the association for a minimum of 15 years and who has had a significant effect on the industry, was presented during the association’s annual Leadership Conference, held in Sacramento January 23-25, 2023.
Each Allegiance Award winner has served on at least three of the association’s committees, task forces or boards for a total of 10 years. They are the driving force of many of the association’s most innovative and substantial programs and efforts.
Heath’s passion for the industry shows with his service within CLCA.
He has served many roles within the association, including Co-Chair of the Chapter Presidents Council and Associate Member Director. He received the CLCA’s Associate Member of the Year Award in 2003, the highest honor given to an associate member. At the time of his election, he became CLCA’s first Associate Member President. Currently, he serves on the state Events Committee. He may be best known for his outstanding and energetic performances as CLCA Elvis, including his latest turn as Hawaiian CLCA Elvis at the 2021 CLCA Convention in Hawaii.
The company he founded — the JPH Group — has been built on the principle that building relationships builds business. Heath’s relationship with the association is the same, and members and the industry benefit from his hard work and integrity.
Steve has a passion for the transformational power of education — so much so that he’s been an instructor at Cuyamaca College helping our next generation achieve. He started as a member of CLCA’s Education Committee, was promoted to committee chair, and then state Director of Education. A few years later, he was CLCA’s president and has served the last few years as a trustee for the board of CLCA Insurance Solutions.
A CLCA Certified Water Manager, Steve has been a driving force in in the association’s landscape certification programs, and even served as a judge for the 2022 Trophy Awards.
He is widely praised for growing people and building dreams. He is the owner of Nature Designs, an award-winning landscape company in San Diego. As a CLCA Life member, he continues to demonstrate leadership and integrity to promote the landscape industry.