Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, and kids’ writer Judy
Blume are all people born in New Jersey who’ve made it big. Those in the
landscape business know to add to that list Mark Borst, who founded and
owns Borst Landscaping and Design in Allendale, New Jersey.
When you meet Mark
Stinson, the president
of Exmark, you’ve got to
take an immediate liking to
him. Quiet and unassuming,
this tall shy guy with a great
smile will put you at ease.
Not the flamboyant type,
Stinson is exactly the kind of
person you want to do business
and bred, he epitomizes all
of the Midwest values.
PRIMED AND READY TO ONE DAY assume her father’s business, Meredith DeWitt faces not only the pressures of maintaining a $30-million a year corporation, but the
pitfalls of being a young woman in a predominately male industry.
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.
After graduating from high school, DiMino thought it was time to see what other parts of the country looked like, and how people in those places lived. Such an opportunity presented itself when he applied for and was accepted at Marquette University in Wisconsin.
Healthy growth usually starts with the right soil, and for a family,
it’s no different. Michael Meléndrez comes from a line that’s been on
the same soil for centuries. On his father’s side, Michael is a
descendent of the founder of Las Cruces, New Mexico’s second largest
From the time he entered
the business in 1963, Strauss learned and developed some expertise as
he went through the learning curve. With each step he grew and learned
more. Eventually, he developed the right formula and, along with a
partner, they proceeded to build a landscape company boasting a volume
of $60 million annually.