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.
"I just watched what he did," said Mike Greene, 53, of his early experiences learning the ropes of farming from his father. His early experiences with his father shaped his desire to make a
difference in the agricultural engineering field.
BORN AND BRED IN HATTIESBURG, Mississippi, Mike Mason exudes confidence—it’s in his DNA. His father worked for the Mississippi Cooperative Service as a county agent. “Like many kids in high school, I was trying to earn a few dollars mowing lawns,” he said.
When Roy Mullet moved
his family to Hesston,
Kansas, in 1958, his thought
was to live in an area with
warmer winters than the cold
climate of Montana. In order to
support his family, he took a job
with Hesston Industries. Hesston
was a metal fabricator making
cabs for agricultural combines
and tractors; small metal fabricators
were common throughout