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Here at Calabrese Management, our outstanding reputation is built on professional results, personalized attention and international experience. But you don’t have to take our word for it… Just read what our clients are saying about us!

“Calabrese Management is a key part of our organizational success. They are focused, timely and deliver professional results. They are able to deliver one-on-one attention that makes us feel like we are their only cleint.”
– Matt Stuppy, President, Stuppy, Inc.
(National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association
“The AOLP has been with Calabrese for 3 years and as the past President and current Board member, I can say that it is the best decision we have made. Calabrese has been instrumental in assisting AOLP in getting to the next level as an association. They have provided the resources and knowledge from their vast experience in running associations over the years. Prior to hiring Calabrese the AOLP board members were having to do literally everything and as a result there was a fast burn out rate in our volunteers. Today the organization really runs so smoothly and efficiently that it is a joy to volunteer time because we can see the results of our efforts as a board, and it is costing us less money than when we were doing it ourselves. Without the staff of Calabrese our association would not be where it is today.”
– Matthew S. Broyles, COLD, CLVLT, Firefly Lighting LLC
(Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals)
“While serving on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, including as president, I worked closely with Calabrese Management. The company, and particularly Denise Calabrese, provide solid support. The staff was always available or responded quickly when I called or emailed with a question or for help. I know they have many clients, but always felt they were working for APLD. Denise has a cohesive staff which are always on the same page, working toward the same goals. Denise’s help with financial planning and budgeting along with creating yearly work plans has been most valuable. Our annual conferences run smoothly due to staff direction and support. Denise and her staff believe in our mission and value us as professionals in our work.”
– Judy Nauseef, APLD, ICNP, Owner, Judy Nauseef Landscape Design
(Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
“I’ve served on many boards and it has been a pleasant surprise to find such a high level of responsiveness, professionalism, and efficiency as the Calabrese team delivers. (Before Calabrese I had never received minutes from a meeting on the same day!) Denise and her staff not only take a personal interest in the long term success of the organization, such as assistance with strategic planning, but also work hard to understand and meet the day to day business needs (especially keeping our bottom line in the black). As a volunteer board member, Denise’s energy and enthusiasm are motivating factors to strengthen my commitment to the association just to keep up with her!”
– Michelle Kenney, Paralegal, Florida Elder Law Concepts, P.A.
(Center for Guardianship Certification)
"In working with Calabrese Management as a board member of the PA Christmas Tree Growers Association, I have found Denise and her staff to be readily available, professional, energetic, and always willing to assist when called upon. During my term as President of the board I had a serious leg injury and was unable to conduct business at the office. Denise came to my home twice to take care of business. The staff is always courteous and friendly and I consider them all to be my friends as well as a management firm. I would highly recommend Calabrese Management Company to any organization that is seeking a professional management firm."
– Drew Yenser, Yenser’s Tree Farm, Pennsylvania
(Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association)
“Almost immediately upon joining APLD I had positive dealings with its management organization, Calabrese Management. I have worked with them on many levels, from state chapter formation to becoming a member of the board of directors to working directly with staff to develop new technology programs for the association. I have always found them to be creative, thoughtful, fiscally responsible and proactive. APLD really couldn't ask for a more responsive management company. In a few words, they're just great to work with.”
– Susan Cohan, APLD, `Owner, Susan Cohan Gardens, LLC
(Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
“There are two characteristics that make Calabrese Management stand out. First is experience. Denise and staff have decades of experience working with association clients and helping association volunteer leaders professionalize the way their groups meet member needs. The second attribute is credibility. Calabrese Management is known for the integrity that they bring to the table. Their word is their bond. I have been involved in association work both in Pennsylvania and Washington, DC and, in my view, Calabrese Management is a prime example of what association services firms should be.”
– Vince Phillips, President, Phillips Associates
“Denise and her team are outstanding in their management of our industry trade organization. Very professional and very customer service focused. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a solid, professionally-managed operation.”
– Rich Reilly, President, Rough Brothers, Inc.
(National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association)
"I have nothing but the highest praise for the outstanding dedication, effort and hard work that Denise Calabrese and the staff of Calabrese Management have accomplished to grow, nurture and guide the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. During APLD’s first years, we struggled trying to manage our association by ourselves. Then we went through a series of management companies who really did not have our interests at heart. We were their smallest account and no one had any idea of what our members actually did or what we wanted to accomplish. Finally, we found Calabrese Management and we have not looked back since! APLD now has more than 1,200 professional designers throughout the world. Plus, we now have a certification program that is internationally recognized for its high standards."
– Dennis J. Rydberg, APLD, PA Dept of General Services
(Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
“I had the honor and privilege of helping to put Denise in business many years ago. I worked with her closely in her prior role when she was a member of the United Way senior leadership team. She is results-oriented, persistent, enthusiastic and energetic, highly organized and professional. I am proud of Denise and her accomplishments with Calabrese Management!!!”
– Jewel Cooper, Senior Executive, Graystone Bank
"Through five years of working together, Calabrese Management has helped me learn the value of a true, trusted partner - with a team that is smart, nimble and professional. Calabrese Management staff are dedicated to their clients' needs and attuned to opportunities that could benefit them. They work hard, and always maintain a pleasant, friendly attitude, which can be a rarity these days. They've been a wonderful partner to our agency and we're pleased to continue our work together."
– Lesley Sillaman, Associate Vice President, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR
(International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association)
“The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) enjoys great success as a professional organization because Calabrese Management has been handling our business affairs for 10 years. The training that is received by incoming board members is very valuable and greatly helps with the budgeting process and strategic planning. Calabrese Management meets and exceeds expectations.”
– Patrick C. Bones, APLD, Owner, Brighton Design, Inc.
(Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
"Calabrese Management is a first-class association management company. Denise Calabrese and her staff have always demonstrated supreme professionalism and competence."
– Hugh Webster, Partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
(Center for Guardianship Certification)
“Calabrese Management has managed our professional organization for the past 10 years. I have served on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for 7 years, including a term as President in 2010. Denise and her staff have given the board and me invaluable guidance based on their many years of experience and wisdom. Denise’s networking, in allied industries, has also been of great benefit to us as we forge alliances and connections with various associations. Denise’s staff has also given amazing support with their knowledge of the budget process, strategic planning, public relations, and communications.”
– Patricia St. John, APLD, Owner, St. John Landscapes
(Association of Professional Landscape Designers)
"Our association, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association, contracted with Calabrese Management in 2004. Since that time, the staff has assisted us in developing a strategic direction for the organization, an annual workplan, and a budget tied to that workplan. In addition, our Bylaws have been updated to reflect our current inner workings, a policy manual has been developed, and our nominating procedures are in place for upcoming leadership. The staff at Calabrese Management is professional and has enabled us to grow our organization. When members call IPEMA, they get personal and prompt attention. I am proud to have been part of the search committee that found this excellent resource for our professional trade association."
– Tom Norquist, GameTime, Alabama
(International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association)
"When I took over the role of President of the Perlite Institute in 2004, I was fortunate to be associated with the Calabrese Management team who were handling the affairs of the Institute. My role as the President of the Institute was made extremely easy by Denise, as the owner of Calabrese Management. She handled the affairs of the Institute with great efficiency and professionalism. The staff at Calabrese Management, along with Denise, are responsible for achieving the goals set by the Perlite Institute, whether it is organizing worldwide conferences, gaining hotels, setting agenda's for meetings, etc. Her team has provided the Institute with much exposure, which has benefited our members all over the world. They have being doing a wonderful and commendable job, and I am confident they will continue to do so in the near future."
– Santosh Chowgule, Keltech Energies Limited, India
(Perlite Institute)
“Calabrese Management conducts business in a very professional and cordial manner. Their knowledge and expertise on legislative issues in relationship to our industry has provided the opportunity to engage in situations we would not have otherwise participated in. Their guidance conducting Board Meetings has been essential to the success of our organization. Their willingness to work on any task at any moment for the good of the group goes beyond expectations. Having the Calabrese Management Team supporting the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association brings a “peace of mind” to every single one of our members.”
– Robin A. Strathmeyer, Vice President/Corporate Secretary, The Strathmeyer Companies
(Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association)





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