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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Aug. 19 2010
"I just watched what he did," said Mike Greene, 53, of his early experiences learning the ropes of farming from his father. His early experiences with his father shaped his desire to make a difference ...
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May 16 2016
When Mike Gummeson joined NDS in 2003, he arrived via a circuitous route. Little did he realize when he graduated in 1982, that one day he would help lead a landscape irrigation and drainage company. Gummeson ...
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Nov. 16 2012
BORN AND BRED IN HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Mike Mason exudes confidence—it’s in his DNA. His father worked for the Mississippi Cooperative Service as a county agent. “Like many kids in ...
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June 1 2007
When Roy Mullet moved his family to Hesston, Kansas, in 1958, his thought was to live in an area with warmer winters than the cold climate of Montana. In order to support his family, he took a job with ...
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Aug. 1 2005
How do you transition from being an educator to the majority owner of a $115 million a year company? It?s not easy, especially under very trying circumstances. There is a saying: The fighter who is still ...
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Dec. 21 2003
Passion runs deep in Patrick Roach — it doesn’t take very long to learn how deeply Roach feels when it comes to his family and his business partnership ...
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Aug. 17 2012
For Peter Lord, and his software company Drafix, in Kansas City, Missouri, that “one thing” is the integrated CAD design/ photo-imaging/proposal software program “PRO Landscape.” ...
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Oct. 21 2006
What separates some people and makes them stand out from the crowd? In a business environment, if you're in a highly technical field, it can help to have a PhD in an area of specialization ...
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March 16 2010
How does a young man go from being a potato farmer on a kibbutz in Israel to the head of one of the largest water filtration companies in the world? ...
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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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Dec. 18 2010
RICHARD ANGELO was the oldest of nine children. As was customary, the kids did chores around the house. When Angelo reached the age of 12, his chore was to mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and keep the landscaping ...
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Sept. 15 2016
While many children dream of being astronauts or rock stars, Richard Cohen had a much more practical aspiration. “I wanted to be a landscape architect when I was a kid,” Cohen explained. He ...
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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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Jan. 1 2006
One of the fastest growing privately held companies in the landscape industry, Girard Environmental Services in Orlando, Florida, generates more than eighteen million dollars in annual revenue ...
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Feb. 15 2012
Rick Henninger is a turnaround specialist. A business veteran at 63, he loves to find companies that are on the decline but still full of potential. He’s worked his magic with companies in the arenas ...
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April 19 2012
There's an old adage, “Keep your shoulder to the wheel and your nose to the grindstone,” and you’ll get someplace. That, in a nutshell, is Rick Olson. A tireless worker, he has developed ...
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Jan. 1 2004
Robert Drucker started at 16 installing sprinkler systems out of his truck. Now age 48, Drucker owns three irrigation supply stores, an irrigation company ...
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