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Michael Hoffman- Toro Company

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MANY BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN about the men who run companies, and when the latest book comes out, hopefully, they won’t leave out the chapter about Michael Hoffman.    More
Wednesday, June 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Michael Meléndrez

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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 city.   More
Monday, June 16, 2014 Jason Gibby


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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.   More
Thursday, February 18, 2010 ARON GREEN

Mickey Strauss & Gary Peterson - American Landscape Companies

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Making a partnership work is a daunting task, and finding an example of a successful one isn’t always easy. But within the landscape industry, one doesnt...    More
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 Phillip Meeks


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"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.    More
Thursday, August 19, 2010 ARI MORGUELAN

Mike Mason

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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.   More
Friday, November 16, 2012


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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 the Midwest.   More
Friday, June 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Patricia Ramsey - United Pipe & Supply

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How do you transition from being an educator to the majority owner of a $115 million a year company? It?s not easy, especially under very trying circumstances. There is a saying: The fighter who is still standing is the winner.    More
Monday, August 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Patrick Roach - Borderline Stamp, Inc.

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Passion runs deep in Patrick Roach — it doesn’t take very long to learn how deeply Roach feels when it comes to his family and his business partnership.    More
Sunday, December 21, 2003 BERT GREENE

Peter Lord

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For Peter Lord, and his software company Drafix, in Kansas City, Missouri, that “one thing” is the integrated CAD design/ photo-imaging/proposal software program “PRO Landscape.”
“We do one thing, we just do one thing, and we only want to do one thing,” says Lord. “We don’t want to be a company that does eight different things and ends up giving all of them short shrift.”   More
Friday, August 17, 2012