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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


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Tim Malooly was 12 years old when he started his first job. It was a part-time gig, selling greeting cards door-to-door. Not the most glamorous job in the world, but it offered Malooly his first taste of making money on his own.    More
Monday, November 17, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

Todd Bloom

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Todd Bloom grew up in a small town in the Pennsylvania Dutch community in Philadelphia. He was instilled with a wonderful set of values that he feels has carried him through to this day. He, like most kids, liked adventure. Unlike most high school kids, Bloom decided to spend his senior year abroad, as an exchange student. “It was a terrific way to do some traveling, to see and understand how different and diverse this world is,” said Bloom.   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Tom Jessen

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Jessen went to a small country school, with 12 grades in 12 rooms. He attended Indiana State University, but when he ran out of money he had to move back home and take a job working on a punch press to earn enough to complete his education.   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013


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When Tom Penning graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, he and three buddies took a long “spring break” and went to Florida for some vacation time. Since he had no idea of what career path he wanted to pursue, his focus was just to kick back in the Florida sun and take things as they come. After a while, he realized that he had to work, so why not look for work in Florida, where the sun shines most of the time, he thought. That’s what Penning did and he never went back home. “I wanted to get away from Ohio, because I was tired of snow,” said Penning. He stayed for 22 years.   More
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 DENNE GOLDSTEIN


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TOM SUPER IS HIS NAME AND HE has made a super start in becoming a successful entrepreneur in the landscape business.   More
Thursday, April 14, 2011 DENNE GOLDSTEIN


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In a business like landscaping where people come from all walks of life, Tony Bass is a breath of fresh air. Many of us meander into this business— some are born into it, but with Bass it was planned.   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Tony Dilluvio & Joe Pierorazio

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Although they have lived in close proximity to each other for many years, Tony Dilluvio and Joe Pierorazio did not know each other until they met at Aqua Turf, an irrigation contracting firm in Elmsford, New York.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Travis Freeman

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Travis Freeman remembers going out on sales calls with his father when he was a little boy. He would listen intently, and loved it when his father demonstrated the vacuum cleaners he was selling. It seems that ever since he was a little kid, all Freeman ever wanted to do was to be in business for himself.   More
Tuesday, July 17, 2012


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There are some people who do excellent work but really don’t want to be leaders; they would rather follow. That’s not Valerie Steele.    More
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 ARON GREEN