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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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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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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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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Nov. 30 1999
One thing about Bernardo Luciano -- when it comes to the irrigation business, he's been there . . . done that. It takes a special type of person to make things happen ...
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Nov. 30 1999
Claudia Bird, daughter of Walter Storm, holds a deep affection for the irrigation industry, much of which is rooted in the familial core she sees within ...
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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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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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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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April 21 2008
One year out of high school, Michael Byrne made the decision to get into the landscaping business. He held a summer job at that time, repairing lawn care equipment at a mower repair shop ...
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April 21 2008
Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Carl McCord, the son of farmers in the Abilene, Texas area, knew how to work the soil and grow plants. However, when he was growing up he thought he wanted to pursue ...
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April 21 2008
Long before she started Cascade Lighting, a business that sells and distributes landscape lighting, Linda Haslage worked at balancing a career with the needs of her family and community ...
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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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April 21 2008
If you've attended industry conventions, chances are you've met Dr. John Thomson. You likely saw him faithfully manning his booth, always available to discuss his favorite subjects: plant health, vitamins ...
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April 21 2008
For almost half a century Ed Hunter had a major impact on the irrigation industry. He passed on in January of this year and we miss him. His contributions will stand as a monument to his ingenuity ...
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