MICHAEL MELÉNDREZ


Close-Up Profiles
Healthy growth usually starts with the right soil, and for a family, it’s no different. Michael Meléndrez comes from a line that’s been on the same soil for centuries. On his father’s side, Michael is a descendent of the founder of Las Cruces, New Mexico’s second largest city.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Jason Gibby

Excellence in Craftmanship


Landscape
The terms “craftsmanship” and “landscape maintenance” aren’t often heard together. After all, “craftsmanship” should be reserved to describe something like an exquisite outdoor kitchen, not a maintenance project, even if it was beautifully done. Right? If that’s your opinion, you would be wrong.   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

David Katz


Close-Up Profiles
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.   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

The Moore Family

Aquatrols


Close-Up Profiles
For Robert Moore, Sr., epiphany came after he had a chemical engineering degree in hand: During that time, drinking beer on the back porch and looking at a puddle in the backyard, a guy said, 'Boy, I got lousy soil.'    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Michael Byrne

ALCA


Close-Up Profiles
One year out of high school, Michael Byrne made the decision to get into the landscaping business. He held a summer job at that time, repairing lawn care equipment at a mower repair shop.    More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

Carl McCord

ALCA


Close-Up Profiles
Never afraid to get his hands dirty, Carl McCord, the son of farmers in the Abilene, Texas area, knew how to work the soil and grow plants. However, when he was growing up he thought he wanted to pursue other options and he initially chose a different green industry for his future.   More
 
Monday, April 21, 2008

STUART J. SPERBER


Close-Up Profiles
When Stuart Sperber was about ten years old, his father and brother started a company called Valley Crest Landscape Nurseries in North Hollywood, California. While growing up, as you can guess, the talk around the dinner table was always about trees and landscaping. Sperber was immersed in it.    More
 
Saturday, August 18, 2007 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

Profitable Companies Share the Secrets of Their Success


Business Articles
It's all about people Leaders of successful companies often speak of their employees with a great sense of respect, appreciation, and even awe. "I can't say enough about our people," says Mark Borst, owner of Borst Landscape based in Allendale, New Jersey. "Our employees are definitely the backbone of our business."   More
 
Monday, May 1, 2006

Women in Landscaping: Sherry Koontz


Women in Landscaping
ALTHOUGH SHE’S ALWAYS RELISHED NATURE, IT WAS DURING Sherry Koontz’s five years of active military duty as part of the 45th Support Group that she first channeled that desire into a skill.    More
 
Saturday, May 17, 2008 AMANDA RICHTER

MICKEY STRAUSS


Close-Up Profiles
From the time he entered the business in 1963, Strauss learned and developed some expertise as he went through the learning curve. With each step he grew and learned more. Eventually, he developed the right formula and, along with a partner, they proceeded to build a landscape company boasting a volume of $60 million annually.   More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 ARON GREEN

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