Vista Professional Lighting Celebrates 30th Anniversary


Landscape Lighting
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting is proudly celebrating its 30th anniversary, but the path to the company’s beginnings came about when owner and founder Dan Cunado and his parents were granted asylum from Cuba. They landed in New York and made their way to California.   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Adam Whelan

BUCHEK FAMILY


Close-Up Profiles
John Buchek’s grandfather was also named John. He grew up, married, and was raising a family in Moulton, a small Texas town somewhere between San Antonio and Houston. But when their son, Harvey, was seven years old, the doctor suggested that they move the family out of the area because he had bad allergies. So, at the age of 42, John Senior, a banker in Moulton, moved his family to San Antonio, a city which history made famous because of the Alamo. Needing to change careers, he began selling farm machinery. He eventually opened his own store and called it Alamo Farm Machinery Company. The year was 1924.   More
 
Friday, May 16, 2014 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

July: Smart Irrigation Month


Irrigation
CHANCES ARE, AT SOME POINT you’ve had some exposure to the industry initiative of proclaiming July as Smart Irrigation Month. It is an industry campaign to increase public awareness about the value of water-use efficiency and grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services.   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

ASIC: Its History and Its Pioneers


Miscellaneous
In the late 1960s, a small but determined band of irrigation visionaries began assembling periodically in small offices and dark restaurants dotted throughout the San Francisco Bay area.    More
 
Thursday, March 1, 2007 LUKE FRANK

BRANDON MEADOWS


Close-Up Profiles
SOME PEOPLE CLIMB THE LADDER of success by moving from one firm to another, each move taking them a little higher up the corporate ladder. Others are one-company people, hitching their star to the success of a particular company. Brandon Meadows is a fine example of a one-company man.    More
 
Sunday, April 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

TOM PENNING


Close-Up Profiles
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

B. GEORGE & ROB BEAUSOLEIL


Close-Up Profiles
B. George Beausoleil is a salesman, first and foremost, but the road to this success came more from his business acumen and his foresight.    More
 
Monday, October 18, 2010 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Don't Let the Irrigation Business Scare You


Miscellaneous
If you’ve never worked on irrigation before, upon close inspection an irrigation system might appear to be a jumble of wires running here, there and everywhere, valves that work in a way you don’t understand, and pipe running underground.    More
 
Thursday, February 1, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Case Study: Wire and Valve Locator


Miscellaneous
IN 1983, WHEN THE IRRIGATION industry was still very young, Dave Kredit went to work with his father at Kredit Lawn Sprinkler and Outdoor Lighting in Phoenix, Arizona.    More
 
Tuesday, May 1, 2007 JULIE CLINE

JOHN DeCELL


Close-Up Profiles
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

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