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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March 1 2004
Kurt Kluznik grew up in a mom and pop nursery business in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked in the nursery and when he was old enough, he started his own landscape business ...
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March 1 2006
Landon Reeve loves plants. Always has. That?s a continual thread that runs through his life, despite the challenges he has undertaken. While in high school, he had a part-time summer job working in a perennial ...
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Feb. 1 2006
Larry DeWitt built a $30 million a year landscape fabric manufacturing company from the ground up. One could say he was lucky, or perhaps he was in the right place at the right time, but Ive known him ...
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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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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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Dec. 15 2015
When you're only 14 and have already started your own grass-cutting business, you might need someone to help keep you on track. “He was always on me,” says Stephen Lisk, now 32, about his ...
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Oct. 15 2014
When Lowell Kaufhold started his first year of college, he got a job installing sprinklers so that he could support himself. Though he could not have imagined it then, this was where he would spend his ...
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Jan. 15 2016
Vacations can do wonders for individuals and, on occasion, be the cathalyst for bew business ideas. This rings true in the case of Jukka Lyly-Yrjänäinen, president of Avant Tecno USA, now one ...
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Sept. 16 2015
Who is Malcolm Morris how does he impact our industry? To answer those questions, I spent a fair amount of time on the telephone with him. To begin with, Malcolm Morris is chairman of the board of directors ...
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Nov. 23 2010
What makes Manny run? Is it a need to succeed or is it in his DNA? Or just maybe he is one of those people who loves what he's doing and doesn't consider it work ...
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May 15 2012
Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, and kids’ writer Judy Blume are all people born in New Jersey who’ve made it big. Those in the landscape business know to add to that list Mark ...
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May 17 2008
When you meet Mark Stinson, the president of Exmark, you’ve got to take an immediate liking to him. Quiet and unassuming, this tall shy guy with a great smile will put you at ease. Not the flamboyant ...
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May 19 2010
PRIMED AND READY TO ONE DAY assume her father’s business, Meredith DeWitt faces not only the pressures of maintaining a $30-million a year corporation, but the pitfalls of being a young woman in ...
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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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Nov. 1 2004
After graduating from high school, DiMino thought it was time to see what other parts of the country looked like, and how people in those places lived. Such an opportunity presented itself when he applied ...
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June 1 2005
MANY BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN about the men who run companies, and when the latest book comes out, hopefully, they won’t leave out the chapter about Michael Hoffman ...
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June 16 2014
Healthy growth usually starts with the right soil, and for a family, it’s no different. Michael Meléndrez comes from a line that’s been on the same soil for centuries. On his father’s ...
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Feb. 18 2010
From the time he entered the business in 1963, Strauss learned and developed some expertise as he went through the learning curve. With each step he grew and learned more. Eventually, he developed the ...
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June 1 2004
Making a partnership work is a daunting task, and finding an example of a successful one isn’t always easy. But within the landscape industry, one doesnt ...
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