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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March 16 2012
You can blame it on a windy, frigid day in southern New England... Steve Gold, 55, along with his son Bryan, co-owners of landscape lighting firm Brilliance LED, based in Carefree, Arizona, wasn't always ...
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Nov. 21 2006
From model and actor to successful businessman, Steve Sandalis is living his dream. Born in Queens, New York, the Sandalis family moved to Long Island when Steve was just a boy. Sandalis remembers vividly ...
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April 19 2010
Some people are so anxious to get their career started, they feel that until they do, time’s a-wasting. However, sooner or later you begin to realize that there are no shortcuts. Learning a business ...
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Feb. 16 2016
I first met Steven Kinzler at a chapter meeting of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA).That was about 14 years ago. He was a newly-licensed landscape contractor at that time and very ...
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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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Nov. 1 2005
What makes Susan Thayer unique is that she is a free spirit and an independent thinker. She has a knack for reading people, and has a gut feeling for business ...
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April 21 2008
In 1979, when Chuck and Terry Barebo purchased Otterbine Aerators in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the company was losing money. However, they had a goal in mind. They wanted to create a company that ...
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Sept. 17 2008
During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves ...
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May 18 2011
If you're in the military, one of the physical exercises you're trained to do is climb a thick rope with knots about every foot ...
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April 21 2008
To define Dixie Chopper as a family business would be an understatement at best. In 1980, when Art and Jean Evans began the journey of building their company, little did they know that it would eventually ...
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Feb. 23 2009
Ken and Harold Fay’s parents started a lumber yard back in 1947 in Ojai, California. When their father passed away, the sons—Ken and Harold— helped their mother run the lumber yard. In ...
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Sept. 15 2009
From a job with the FBI to a career in the landscape industry seems like an unlikely leap, but that is exactly what Charles (Bud) Knowles decided to do when he learned that the FBI was going to transfer ...
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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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Aug. 17 2015
In the very early ’80s, Gail Porter and her family manufactured and sold large satellite TV systems. They installed big dish antennae systems in the southeastern part of South Carolina, near where ...
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