Back in 1925, E.J. Smith founded one of the country's first golf course distributorships representing The Toro Company. He knew that if he followed four basic principles, he would be successful in his new business.
Stan Hoglund knew he was never going to be a scholar. “My first day of school was my last,” he said, at least in terms of his interest. He remembers the teacher dragging him by the ear across the playground for going down a slide backwards. She sat him down on a rug for a ‘time out’ facing the corner.
As Stephen Smith
assumes the presidency
of the Irrigation Association,
he realizes the challenges
the irrigation industry currently
faces. Pressure to
reduce water consumption is
building and landscape sustainability
is the new buzzword.
But Smith assumes
this position with a background
of invaluable experience
and a wealth of
knowledge of the irrigation
If ever there was an individual
who, not knowing
where his career path would
end up, prepared himself
along the way, it would
have to be Steve Christie.
I’m sure it wasn’t planned
that way, but Christie
gained a vast knowledge of
the irrigation industry and a
world of experience that
eventually led him to where
he is now, the owner of a
five-store chain of irrigation
supply stores in Indiana
called Automatic Irrigation.
It might have been luck, or
perhaps Providence that
laid out the path for Christie
You can blame it on a windy, frigid day in southern New England... Steve
Gold, 55, along with his son Bryan, co-owners of landscape lighting
firm Brilliance LED, based in Carefree, Arizona, wasn't always in the
outdoor business. And he certainly wasn't always a resident of sunny
From model and actor to successful businessman, Steve Sandalis is living his dream. Born in Queens, New York, the Sandalis family moved to Long Island when Steve was just a boy. Sandalis remembers vividly the stream running through the property his parents bought in Commack
Being creative and thinking outside the box can be a road map to success
Some people are so anxious to get their career started, they feel that until they do, time’s a-wasting.
However, sooner or later you
begin to realize that there
are no shortcuts. Learning a
business is going to a different
kind of school -- the
School of Hard Knocks.
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk around the dinner table was always about trees and landscaping. Sperber was immersed in it.
In 1979, when Chuck and Terry
Barebo purchased Otterbine Aerators in Emmaus, Pennsylvania,
the company was losing money. However, they had a goal in mind.
They wanted to create a company that might one day become a family