Brian Melka


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His father worked for the railroad for his entire career of 30 years. His mother had a number of positions while the kids were growing up, but she ultimately retired as a high school principal’s assistant. It was probably a good thing for him that the kids were no longer in high school by the time Mom got there.   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015

Deborah Hunter

She read the directions


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With $200 in her pocket, a 1970 station wagon which she used as a truck, and a small, ragtag crew, Deborah Turner started Ram-T Corporation, a landscape company specializing in erosion control and hardscapes. That was in 1984. Now more than 30 years later, not only has she thrived as a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry, but she has also transformed her start-up company into a multimillion dollar corporation.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Aric Olson


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Aric Olson is a ‘turn around’ guy. As successful young man, he has helped turn around a number of companies that seemed to be spiraling downward. As the new president of the Irrigation Association for the ensuing year, Olson hopes he can help contribute to the growth of the association.   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Chris Spain


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From his early childhood, growing up in northern Virginia, Chris Spain loved the outdoors. In high school, he ran track, but some of the most important lessons he learned in his youth was when he was a Boy Scout.   More
 
Monday, November 17, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

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

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