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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Jan. 14 2013
Having your family in your business has some drawbacks, but it can also have a great many benefits. “I love it,” said Alle Rorie. “The relationship between my father and my sister has ...
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Nov. 17 2008
Tim Malooly was 12 years old when he started his first job. It was a part-time gig, selling greeting cards door-to-door. Not the most glamorous job in the world, but it offered Malooly his first taste ...
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Oct. 16 2012
Todd Bloom grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania Dutch community in Philadelphia. He was instilled with a wonderful set of values that he feels has carried him through to this day. He, like ...
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Aug. 14 2013
Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to ...
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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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April 14 2011
TOM SUPER IS HIS NAME AND HE has made a super start in becoming a successful entrepreneur in the landscape business ...
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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
April 15 2015
Although they have lived in close proximity to each other for many years, Tony Dilluvio and Joe Pierorazio did not know each other until they met at Aqua Turf, an irrigation contracting firm in Elmsford, ...
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July 17 2012
Travis Freeman remembers going out on sales calls with his father when he was a little boy. He would listen intently, and loved it when his father demonstrated the vacuum cleaners he was selling. It ...
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Dec. 23 2009
There are some people who do excellent work but really don’t want to be leaders; they would rather follow. That’s not Valerie Steele ...
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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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Jan. 15 2014
WHEN WARREN THOMA WAS discharged from the Army in 1976, he was 24 years old. Married and the father of a twomonth old baby, he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. ...
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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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June 15 2010
Is this Wayne Rhatigan?” the voice said. “Please hold for President Obama.” Irrigation contractor Wayne Rhatigan, 46, was tracing the lines on a newly installed system when his cell phone ...
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Dec. 1 2005
Ever since he could remember, Willis Dane has been a tinkerer. Born and raised in North Central Illinois, Dane can remember when,as a young boy of 11 or 12, he built a little scow, dragged it down to the ...
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