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April 21 2008
If you've attended industry conventions, chances are you've met Dr. John Thomson. You likely saw him faithfully manning his booth, always available to discuss his favorite subjects: plant health, vitamins ...
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April 21 2008
If Jon Carlson wasn't the president of Jacobsen, a Textron Company, he could be a professional motivational speaker. His personal philosophy and outlook on life is brimming with a certain vim and vigor that ...
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April 21 2008
In the winter of 1979/80, mild weather and lack of snow caused the Toro Company warehouses to pile up with snow blowers ...
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April 21 2008
A no-nonsense person with a passion for the irrigation business, Ken Mills has essentially spent his entire professional career with one company ...
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April 21 2008
Long before she started Cascade Lighting, a business that sells and distributes landscape lighting, Linda Haslage worked at balancing a career with the needs of her family and community ...
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April 21 2008
Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Carl McCord, the son of farmers in the Abilene, Texas area, knew how to work the soil and grow plants. However, when he was growing up he thought he wanted to pursue ...
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April 21 2008
One year out of high school, Michael Byrne made the decision to get into the landscaping business. He held a summer job at that time, repairing lawn care equipment at a mower repair shop ...
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April 21 2008
For Robert Moore, Sr., epiphany came after he had a chemical engineering degree in hand: During that time, drinking beer on the back porch and looking at a puddle in the backyard, a guy said, 'Boy, I got ...
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April 21 2008
As an immigrant teen-ager, Vince Nolletti arrived in the United States barely able to speak English. He picked up the language in junior high school, went on to college, where he earned his degree, and ...
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April 21 2008
Imagine being in Lake Tahoe for a distributor meeting, hoping the usual boring meetings will be cut short so you can take your wife sightseeing. Suddenly the room darkens, a video appears depicting your ...
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April 21 2008
My goal is to stay out of the way, says Richard Rick Doesburg, CCLP, the incoming 2002 president of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) ...
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April 21 2008
In 1987, Wayne Miller, was heading up his own consulting firm when Century Rain Aid, with eight branches in four states, offered him a position. They were looking for someone who could develop and implement ...
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April 1 2008
When Tom Penning graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he and three buddies took a long “spring break” and went to Florida for some vacation time. Since he had no idea of what career path ...
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Dec. 1 2007
Known as the granddaddy of the landscape lighting market, Bill Locklin passed away yesterday (12-18-07). He was 86 years old. Locklin was the leading figure who created the low-voltage market single-handedly
Dec. 1 2007
LARRY SARVER ALWAYS ENVISIONED himself as a businessman. Even as a young boy growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when he was selling Christmas cards door to door, or flowers from a rock garden, or ...
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Nov. 18 2007
Dr. Roger Webb weaves a fascinating tale of how he went from university professor to businessman. Growing up, he touched a lot of bases along the way to arrive at his chosen career ...
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Oct. 18 2007
If you’re in the lawn mower business, you’ve probably heard of Tegtmeier, one of the most respected names in the business, and rightly so. Both Dick and his son Doug Tegtmeier learned the lawn ...
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Sept. 18 2007
In a business like landscaping where people come from all walks of life, Tony Bass is a breath of fresh air. Many of us meander into this business— some are born into it, but with Bass it was planned
Aug. 18 2007
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk ...
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July 1 2007
While still quite young, Blake Smith and his brother were instilled with a very strong work ethic by their father. That work ethic, combined with passion, has driven Smith to exceed the goals he set for ...
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