WANTED: Sustainable Landscape Services for Savvy Consumers


For decades, Billy Goodnick has been showing people how to create sustainable landscapes – and how to ditch their lawns. But don't think of me as a "bad guy," he says.... more

 
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Jody Shilan


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At the age of 51 Jody Shilan feels like he’s been in the landscape business all his life, certainly for the majority of it: 38 years. “I had a paper route up to the age of 13,” Shilan recalls, “and one of my friends was making money cutting lawns for his neighbors.   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Igin Staff

JOHN ADDINK


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For the first few years, Addink and Gardner worked other jobs and plowed any earnings back into the business. Addink worked for the University of Nebraska as an irrigation engineer...    More
 
Saturday, January 1, 2005 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

JOHN BENTLEY


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Born into a family of farm equipment people, it seemed inevitable that John Bentley would follow in their footsteps. However, I don’t think he realized that one day he would be the owner of a manufacturing company as well as a company representing makers of farm-type and construction equipment.    More
 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

John Crowson


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My favorite moment in my interview with John Crowson was when I asked him what he thought made him a good leader.    More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006 REBECCA PETERSON

JOHN DeCELL


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It was January of 1988 and John DeCell was out of a job. He’d worked as a loan officer for the First American Bank in his hometown of Baytown, Texas for five-and-a-half years, but the banking industry had fallen under hard times and DeCell suddenly found himself without a job. Factor into this the added pressure of knowing your first son is only months away from being born, and you’ve an idea of the headspace DeCell was in on this particularly tumultuous New Year.    More
 
Friday, August 1, 2008 DANNY FASOLD

John Gibson - PLANET


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John Gibson couldnt have imagined, when he graduated from high school, that he would have a career in the green industry. It was beyond my wildest imagination, he said.   More
 
Saturday, April 1, 2006 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

John Jenkins - John Deere & Co.


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When John Jenkins signed on as an accountant in the Des Moines factory of Deere & Company, he probably never dreamed he would one day become president of a major division of a public company.    More
 
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

JOHN MILLER


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WHEN JOHN MILLER WAS STILL A teenager he was managing his own lawn care company. Called Superior Lawns, Miller’s company handled everything from mowing lawns to working with tractors. It was a pretty successful venture. Between high school proms and mid-term exams, Superior Lawns occupied much of Miller’s focus, and before long, he was pulling in enough business to bring some of his schoolyard friends onboard as workers.   More
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 DANNY FASOLD

John Shiely

Briggs & Stratton Corp.


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Most parents would love to see their children achieve greater success than they had in their own business careers. Vince Shiely is probably no different. That his son, John, would someday take his place as president of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, and then become the companys CEO at the age of 48, has to be a source of glowing pride.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Jon Carlson

Jacobsen


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If Jon Carlson wasn't the president of Jacobsen, a Textron Company, he could be a professional motivational speaker. His personal philosophy and outlook on life is brimming with a certain vim and vigor that is contagious and inspiring.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008 Patricia Fletcher