Irrigation & Green Industry - Close-Up Profiles http://www.igin.com/articles.sec-51-1-close_up_profiles.html <![CDATA[CUNADO FAMILY - ]]> do was manufacture was pretty steep. He felt that he something that I could sell, could make it for less, and asked and to see it say, ‘Made in Smith if he would submit some samples; Smith agreed. Cunado went U.S.A.,’” said Dan Cunado, home after work that day and cut president of Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting.]]> <![CDATA[Chris Elmore - ]]> His father had a heating and air conditioning company, so Elmore was no stranger to the business. “When I was out of school on holiday breaks or during the summer, I would go to the office with my father,” he said. “He’d give me chores, telling me to go with this guy and help him install an A/C system, or ride with that guy on a service call.]]> <![CDATA[Barbara and John Stropko - ]]> When Barbara first met John Stropko, she said, "I was crazy about him." Almost 30 years later, they are still joined at the hip. In fact, I would say the Stropkos are living a life they love. They are in love with each other, in love with nature, in love with art, and in love with their business. So their business, New Desert Gallery, Inc., is truly a labor of love.]]> <![CDATA[Warren Thoma - ]]> WHEN WARREN THOMA WAS discharged from the Army in 1976, he was 24 years old. Married and the father of a twomonth old baby, he didn’t have a clue as to what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. But, being a sharp young man, it didn’t take him long to figure out his calling.]]> <![CDATA[Bob Smith - ]]> Smith was born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where his father worked for a local building contractor. When his dad was 28, with a wife and five children, he found out that he had a tumor on his spine and had to have surgery. During the surgery, his spinal cord.]]> <![CDATA[Barrett Ersek - ]]> When Ersek was 12 years old, he wanted a dirt bike motorcycle, but his dad wouldn’t buy it for him. “My dad told me I could have anything I wanted; I just had to work hard and save my money,” he said. “I was really eager to get a job so I could buy my motorcycle."]]> <![CDATA[Judy Altmaier - ]]> Talk about a woman in a man’s world, Judy Altmaier is the epitome of that. It’s one thing for women to hold executive positions, and more are reaching the top rung, but you won’t find too many who head up a division that specializes in manufacturing machinery.]]> <![CDATA[David Katz - ]]> Many young people graduating from high school don't have a clue as to what to be when they 'grow up'. David Katz, founder and president of Elite Landscaping in Poughkeepsie, New York, was not one of them. He knew from the get-go what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.]]> <![CDATA[Tom Jessen - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Stan Hoglund - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Dina Dwyer-Owens - ]]> D is for dynamo, and Dina Dwyer-Owens is that and more. as chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group, she is more than just another pretty face. She is a passionate, emotional individual with excellent business skills who is driven to succeed, and the record shows it.]]> <![CDATA[Brandon Stephens - ]]> When Texas-bred Brandon Stephens, 38, signed on with The Décor Group in 2003, little did he realize that he would one day end up as president of the company. Stephens is not one to dwell on accolades; he likes to move quickly and time’s a wastin’]]> <![CDATA[Glenn Jacobsen - ]]>

When his school day was finished and on Saturdays, young Glenn Jacobsen would work with his father. Jacobsen senior worked at an electric company and in a tree care business on a part-time basis.

“As a young lad, I grew up climbing trees and later cutting down trees,” said Jacobsen. “It’s a tough business, and I get my work ethic from my dad, who is a hard worker.” In addition to going to high school and helping his father, Jacobsen was mowing lawns in the neighborhood. He was 15 years old.

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<![CDATA[Bob Dobson - ]]> Bob Dobson was raised in Middletown, New Jersey, where his family has lived for the past 157 years. He went to high school there, and then to a local college on a math scholarship. “In those days, I thought I wanted to be a high school math teacher,” said Dobson.]]> <![CDATA[Chase Tew - ]]> We meet new people almost every day, but there are some, more than others, that seem to stand out from the crowd. That is my impression of Ronald (everyone calls him Chase) Tew.

He’s a man on the go; his enthusiasm is contagious, and he has a work ethic to go with it. This is an ethic and an identity that have defined this man’s hardworking and honest path.

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<![CDATA[The Rorie Family - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Drew & Matthew Thomas - ]]> As a young kid, Drew Thomas followed his father around the northeast region of Indiana. His father was playing industrial baseball and Drew was the bat boy. Thomas’ father had played professional baseball with the St. Louis Browns in the late 1930s and early ’40s until he joined the Army in World War II.]]> <![CDATA[Mike Mason - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Todd Bloom - ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Crystal Arlington - ]]> When Crystal Alington came into this world, times were tough. Her father worked on a dairy farm in Erie, Pennsylvania, and to augment his income, he also worked in a nursery and as a truck driver nights and weekends. Some days he would work in a sawmill; other days, he would mow fields for the nursery. In the winter, he would plow snow. He did anything that could bring in a little extra money so he could put food on the table.]]>