July 15 2017
When Carl Kah started his small regional company, K-Rain, almost 45 years ago, little did he realize that it would grow to become a major force, selling its products worldwide. Along with the pride Kah ...
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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 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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Feb. 15 2017
When Greg Hunter graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a degree in mechanical engineering, he joined the family business. However, it’s the dash between the year that he joined ...
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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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Dec. 15 2016
During World War II, Mary Ann Dickinson’s father served in the Army—he was an American G.I., who met a German girl, married her and brought her back to the United States. From that union came ...
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Nov. 18 2016
What happens when two guys from two different parts of the U.S. cross paths halfway? The start a tech company, and it's off to the races. And what a race it is. Although it's still too early to tell who ...
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Oct. 15 2016
But fate doesn’t always deal you the hand you want. By the time he graduated from high school and was ready to work on the farm, he had another obstacle to hurdle. Unfortunately, it was getting tougher ...
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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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Sept. 1 2016
I keep hearing how competitive business is today and how difficult it is to get good paying clients. You learn early in the game that good customer service is one of the most important ways ...
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Aug. 15 2016
New York, Wright gravitated to anything mechanical. He loved to tinker with cars. “I fixed everybody’s cars and lawn mowers; I just couldn’t get my hands away from tinkering with things,” ...
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July 15 2016
When it wasn’t cool to be a woman in a man’s world, Judy Guido was there. To say she was the right person at the right time would be an understatement. Many of the female gender who came after ...
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June 17 2016
Gary Mallory grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While in high school, he didn’t give much thought to where his career path would take him. He never imagined that he would be in the landscape business, ...
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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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April 29 2016
I get so disturbed when some people find out I’m in the landscape business and they begin to tell me of their problems with landscape contractors. The first thing they tell me is, “Do you ...
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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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March 16 2016
With the exception of his teenage years, you could say David Withers has spent his entire career in the lawn mower/power equipment business. Passionate and driven, Withers is the epitome of the phrase, ...
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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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Jan. 15 2016
Vacations can do wonders for individuals and, on occasion, be the catalyst for new business ideas. This rings true in the case of Jukka Lyly-Yrjänäinen, president of Avant Tecno USA, now one ...
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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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