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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Aug. 18 2011
ROBERT VON BERNUTH IS no stranger to the Irrigation Association (IA) or the irrigation industry; he’s been around the industry in some way or another for many years ...
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April 21 2008
Perhaps the saying, "Out of chaos comes order," should be the credo for Roger and Gail Porter, though they prefer Winston Churchill's quote, "Never, never, never give up!" Maybe its a combination of the ...
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July 1 2004
If you have the opportunity to meet Roger Braswell, you will immediately feel a certain charm and warmth. You’re made to feel comfortable right from the very begin ...
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April 15 2017
Ever since he was a young teenager, Ross Lazarov knew he wanted to be his own boss. Although he started college, he didn’t feel it would be fast enough or worth it with his level of ambition; he ...
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Oct. 17 2008
ROY BAILEY AND HIS FRIEND, RUSS Dresen, were hanging around one summer night having a few beers. They were, in many ways, no different than most other 20-somethings on a summer evening, knocking back drinks ...
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May 15 2017
What makes Samuel Thayer unique is that he is a free spirit and an independent thinker. From the age of two, Susan Thayer knew she was born in the wrong body; that she was, in fact, male. So in 2011, ...
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April 15 2016
At the time, he was heading up the office of the FBI in Dayton. One day, he received a call from J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI, informing him that he was going to be transferred. The new job sounded ...
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Jan. 16 2017
He then sold the supermarket and, in 1984, started WAC Lighting in Forest Hills, New York. In the beginning, he was importing lamps from Taiwan. Slowly but surely, they began to introduce track fixtures ...
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Aug. 14 2009
Some people are born into the irrigation industry. For others, the industry finds them. In the case of Travis and Shelly Komara, it all started - strangely enough—with a ’50s themed Internet ...
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May 1 2007
Back in 1925, E.J. Smith founded one of the country's first golf course distributorships representing The Toro Company. He knew that if he followed four basic principles, he would be successful in his ...
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July 16 2013
Stan Hoglund knew he was never going to be a scholar. “My first day of school was my last,” he said, at least in terms of his interest. He remembers the teacher dragging him by the ear across ...
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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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Jan. 13 2009
As Stephen Smith assumes the presidency of the Irrigation Association, he realizes the challenges the irrigation industry currently faces. Pressure to reduce water consumption is building and landscape ...
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July 16 2008
If ever there was an individual who, not knowing where his career path would end up, prepared himself along the way, it would have to be Steve Christie. I’m sure it wasn’t planned that way, ...
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