John Allin

John Allin

Snow industry leader, speaker, author, consultant, expert witness for slip-and-fall cases involving snow / ice, and innovator for over 50 years.

The Story of John Allin

A year after leaving Gannon University, John Allin looked to create his own business in Erie, PA.  He established, as President and CEO of Allin Companies, a landscape and snow contractor business that served commercial and residential clients by providing professional landscape design/construction, maintenance services, snow and ice management, and holiday lighting.  With 55 employees, it was the largest landscape and snow contractor in Northwest Pennsylvania, with $2 million in annual revenues.  Fast-forward and John Allin is currently a full-time consultant to the snow industry.  

He was President of Snow Management Group (SMG).  SMG grew to service commercial sites in 40 states with over $42 million in managed revenues.  Overseeing 5,000 sites and 5,000+ pieces of equipment, SMG had 4,000+ employees and service providers.  In 2002, SMG conducted all snow and ice management at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.  As a result of this unique, $5 million contract, John invented and patented the Snow Dragon Snowmelter.  John Allin served as President of Snow Dragon, LLC, which was financed by Park-Ohio Holdings Corporation.  Mr. Allin traveled the world setting up distribution channels in Europe, Russia, China, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, as well as in North America.

Because of his extensive knowledge in the snow industry and vast experience, John Allin is recognized as the foremost snow and ice industry consultant in the country today.  He has been involved in the snowplowing industry for over 50 years.  He is the Founder of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and served as its national board president for six years. 

John has authored several hundred articles on snow and ice management for numerous snow, landscape, and pavement maintenance national trade publications.  He has consulted on snowplowing projects all over the United States.  A popular and internationally recognized speaker and seminar leader, Mr. Allin has spoken about the snow and ice industry at trade shows all over the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, Europe, and Asia.  He has also been qualified as an expert witness on snowplowing in numerous states around the country and regularly assists legal representatives in actions involving winter accidents, such as slip-and-fall incidents on commercial sites.​

Professional Work

  • Founder and Charter Member of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), served 6 years as board president.

  • Member of Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA).

  • Certified Landscape Professional (CLP).

  • Member of Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA).

  • Founder and Past Chairman of Snowfighters Institute, Inc.​​​​​​​

  • Nationally recognized speaker on Landscaping and Snow Removal.

  • Has provided presentation regarding snow removal at the following:

    • GIE National Convention on snow removal (1994-2003)

    • Power Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky (1996, 1997)

    • Rental Dealers Association (1996, 1997)

    • Ohio Landscape Association annual meeting (1996, 1998, 2003, 2011)

    • Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (1999)

    • New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (1999, 2002)

    • SUNY Physical Plant Administrators Association Annual Meeting (1999)

    • Chicago Buildings & Real Estate Trade Show (1999)

    • Landscape Contractors Assoc. of MD (2000, 2002)

    • The International Cold Weather Show in Washington, DC (2000)

    • Keynote speaker at Michigan Green Industry Association (2005)

    • New England Grows (2002, 2005)

    • New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (2012)

  • Contributing Editor to the following publications: Snow Fighters Quarterly, Lawn & Landscape Maintenance, Grounds Maintenance, Pro-Magazine, Landscape Management, Aviation Equipment Quarterly, Rental Product News, Snow and Ice Manager, Snow Business Magazine, Snow Magazine, Pavement Maintenance, The Landsculptor Magazine, the OLA's Landscape Contractor Magazine.

  • Prior column contributor for Snow Magazine and Snow Magazine online.

  • Served five years on the Editorial Review Board of the ALCA Advantage Magazine published quarterly by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America.

  • Member of ASCA's Industry Standards Committee which established the first written set of Industry Standards for the professional snow and ice management industry.

  • Past three-year member of the ASCA Advisory Board.

  • Assists in writing Snow Response Plans, quoting large plowing contracts and reviewing on-site capability.



Received the SIMA (Snow & Ice Management Association) Lifetime Achievement Award


Started and hosted weekly broadcast "Managing Snow and Ice with John Allin" on BlogTalk Radio
Acquired equity position in CrewTracker Software in Kansas City, MO


​ Appointed Board Chairman, Snowfighters Institute, Inc.
Served as ASCA's Industry Standards Committee which established the first written set of Industry Standards for the professional snow and ice industry.
Keynote Speaker - New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association Snow/Ice Management meeting.
Recognized by ASCA with a special appreciation award for contributions to establishing the first set of written industry standards.


2nd edition of Managing Snow and Ice published.
Appointed to Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) Board of Advisors.


​ Consultant on snow and ice management - 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Facilitator - GIE Media Inner Circle Conference.
Speaker/Presenter at Tree Care Industry Association Annual Conference.
Keynote Speaker - Ohio Landscape Association Snow and Ice Management Clinic.
Recipient of GIE Media's Pioneer Award for lifetime service to the snow industry.


​ Moderator - Snow Magazine Face-to-Face Conference.
Presenter for Tree Care Industry's Webinar Series - Snowplowing as a Profit Center.


​ Speaker on snow melting technology at:
Vinterdagene 2008 - Beitostolen, Norway.
Vintermassen - Nordicway, Ostersund, Sweden.
​Sold interest in Snow Dragon to parent company.


​Enters consulting agreement with Beijing Municipal Administration Commission, Beijing, China to assist with development of Comprehensive Snow Response Plan (SRP) for Beijing, China streets department.
Speaker on melting snow at:
Outdoor Equipment Expo - Rotorua, New Zealand.
Technology Equipment Trade Expo - St. Petersburg, Russia.
Midwest Snow and Ice Expo - Cleveland, OH USA.
​​Speaker on snow removal at Michigan Green Industry Expo - Nova, Michigan, USA.


Speaker on snow removal at:
China International High-Tech Expo - Beijing, China.
AAAE Environmental Conference - London, England.
AAAE Technology Advances Conference - Prague, Czech Republic.
​ Speaker on snow melting at AAAE Conference - Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Organizer, presenter, and sponsor at the European Snow Symposium - Salzburg, Austria.


Became President of Snow Dragon, LLC – Cleveland, OH.


Named by Landscape Management Magazine one of the Top 10 Large Landscape Contractors in the USA
Snow Business Magazine's #1 Snow Contractor in North America.


Appointed to ALCA Board of Directors.
Snow Business Magazine's #1 Snow Contractor in North America.
Licensed Snow and Ice Estimating Package for sale to snow contractors in North America.


​Managed all snow removal and ice management for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Appointed Chairman, ALCA Certification Board of Directors.
Wrote and published Managing Snow and Ice, a 250-page book used as a guide for snowplowing contractors wanting to grow their business.
Initiated "Snow Dragon Snow Melter" a machine used to melt snow on commercial properties in lieu of hauling snow off-site, currently sold throughout North America, Russia, Asia, and Europe.


​ Appointed to the ALCA CLP Certification Board of Governors.
Authored Snow and Ice Management Association's CSP Exam.
​ SIMA Certified Snow Professional (CSP).
Appointed Chairman - SIMA Certification Board of Governors.
Named by Landscape Management Magazine as one of the Top 10 Medium Sized Landscape Contractors in the United States.


​Named by Lawn & Landscape Magazine as one of the landscape industry's 25 most influential people over the past 50 years.
Don Walker's Managing Snow and Ice Control Operations - attended and instructed.


Named Who's Who in Corporate America.


Founder and Charter Member of the Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) and continued to serve 6 years as board president.


First Commercial Snow Contractor elected to the SnowPlowers Association of America (SPAA) National Board of Directors.


I highly recommend John Allin and Lisa Rose as expert witnesses for serious injury cases involving a failure to remove or treat snow or ice-related hazards.  Having decades of hands-on experience, they make a formidable team, and I can rely on them to be extremely thorough in their review of all case-related materials and in the preparation of written reports and testimony.  Because they are selective in the cases that they take – and because they work extensively on both plaintiff and defense cases – I have confidence that judges and juries will view their testimony with a high level of credibility.  For example, in one case that I worked on with them, a judge on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals remarked at oral argument that Mr. Allin was a particularly credible expert given his long career in the field and because he had been hired to manage the snow and ice operations for pedestrian and vehicle safety at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics.  In addition to being thorough, reliable, and credible, John and Lisa are very friendly and easy to work with.  In short, I plan to hire them again in future cases, and I would recommend them to my colleagues on either the plaintiff or the defense side if the need ever arose for an expert witness in the field of snow and ice management.
-Daniel from Washington, DC
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