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STUART J. SPERBER


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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.    More
 
Saturday, August 18, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Susan Thayer - Maxijet


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What makes Susan Thayer unique is that she is a free spirit and an independent thinker. She has a knack for reading people, and has a gut feeling for business.   More
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Barebo Family

Otterbine


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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 business.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

THE BOUSQUETS


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During the hot summer afternoons when the rest of his peers were lazing in swimming pools and catching campy action flicks at the local movie theatre, Bryce Bousquet spent his teenage years stocking shelves at his dad’s company warehouse.    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

The Christy Family


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If you`re in the military, one of the physical exercises you're trained to do is climb a thick rope with knots about every foot.    More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Evans Family

Dixie Chopper


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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 be the lifeblood of their children, Warren, Wesley, Wendi and Macky Lynn.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

THE FAYS


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Ken and Harold Fay’s parents started a lumber yard back in 1947 in Ojai, California. When their father passed away, the sons—Ken and Harold— helped their mother run the lumber yard. In time, the mother phased out of the business and Ken and Harold were the proud owners of Ojai Lumber.    More
 
Monday, February 23, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

THE KNOWLES

Building an irrigation supply business


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From a job with the FBI to a career in the landscape industry seems like an unlikely leap, but that is exactly what Charles (Bud) Knowles decided to do when he learned that the FBI was going to transfer him from Dayton, Ohio to New Jersey.    More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Moore Family

Aquatrols


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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 lousy soil.'    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

The Rorie Family


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Having your family in your business has some drawbacks, but it can also have a great many benefits. “I love it,” said Alle Rorie. “The relationship between my father and my sister has grown stronger and we’ve grown closer.” Sister Rachel agrees, “We’ve become a closer knit team because of our relationship.   More
 
Monday, January 14, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN