Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
Allen Mark Chariton*
Tierra Verde Landscape
Taken from us far too soon, the footprints Allen Chariton leaves behind make a mark that endures beyond his years. A simple man, of great diversity, Allen was the devoted husband of Ellin for 41 years, the loving father of Sheryl and her husband Bruce, and the adoring PA to Mia, age 7, and Ava, age 3.
Allen became interested in horticulture as an elective class at Granada Hills High School and soon established a robust gardening route. He went on to Pierce Junior College and then Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As the first college graduate of his family, Allen earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture in 1974. He then turned a summertime job with Environmental Care into his after college career opportunity, where his first boss, Robert Scofield became his lifelong friend and mentor.
February 1976, Allen founded Tierra Verde Landscape, Inc. and served as its president and chief operating officer until his sudden and untimely death, July 24, 2015. Tierra Verde Landscape, Inc. has been a consistent Chapter and State CLCA Beautification Awards winner over many years. Allen forged his business dedicated to enhance and preserve each client’s investment for generations to come, with the motto: “Neat, Clean and Green!”
During his nearly 40 years of involvement with the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) at the state level, Allen played an active role in the committee that developed and implemented the first Landscape Industry Show. He served three years as state treasurer. He was also an active member of the committee that re-wrote the C-27 license language. Allen was honored by CLCA with the Allegiance Award in 2007. Allen served on several CLCA committees and task forces, including Events, Immigration and Trophy Awards, and was a leader in the Orange County chapter, where he served as President in 1981 and continued to mentor members while helping develop the future of the association. Allen never hesitated to assist others, his way to grow the professionalism of the industry. Since 2005, Allen served as trustee of CLCA’s Insurance Trust, now an independent entity known as Golden Oak Cooperative.
An avid fisherman, Allen lived life passionately, with purpose and conviction. And he lived by the maxim, NO woulda, coulda, shoulda! Allen’s footprints are forever imprinted in the hearts of his family and friends and his impact on the California green industry. Allen leaves a legacy of a life well lived. He would be humbly honored to be inducted posthumously into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.