Close-Up Profile: Brian, Jane & Justin Smith


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It's all about family. To most of us, it has always been about family. Many of us were fortunate to be born into families that gave us unconditional love, which we later passed along to our own families. Brian Smith was one of those lucky guys. Born into a blue-collar family, his father worked as a mechanic on a road crew, building roads in South Africa, so the family moved quite often.   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Warren Thoma


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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.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Bob Smith


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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.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Judy Altmaier


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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.   More
 
Monday, October 14, 2013 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

Women in Landscaping

Ivy Munion


Women in Landscaping
Ivy Munion was an early trailblazer. Today, she is considered to be one of the top irrigation consultants/designers in the landscape business. How did she get this far in a male-dominated industry, you might ask? “I speak their language, rub elbows a little bit, and I always carry a pocket knife,” she quipped.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stan Hoglund


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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.   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Mark Borst


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Frankie Valli, Bruce Springsteen, Derek Jeter, and kids’ writer Judy Blume are all people born in New Jersey who’ve made it big. Those in the landscape business know to add to that list Mark Borst, who founded and owns Borst Landscaping and Design in Allendale, New Jersey.   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Business Owners Fined for Illegal Workers


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Two business owners in Rochester, New York, were recently convicted and fined $3,000 each for hiring illegal workers. Geoffrey Lechner, 52, and his brother Douglas Lechner, 51, are the principal own   More
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Glenn Jacobsen


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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.   More
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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