“A ll I ever wanted to do was manufacture something that I could sell,
and to see it say, ‘Made in U.S.A.,’” said Dan Cunado, president of
Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting. “I’m overwhelmed; this is a dream
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."
For Peter Lord, and his software company Drafix, in Kansas City,
Missouri, that “one thing” is the integrated CAD design/
photo-imaging/proposal software program “PRO Landscape.” “We do one thing, we just do one thing, and we only want to do one
thing,” says Lord. “We don’t want to be a company that does eight
different things and ends up giving all of them short shrift.”
It’s increasingly tough trying
to keep afloat these
days, no matter what industry
you’re in. With the economy
in shambles and many
longtime businessmen now
jobless, making sure your
company stays relevant has
never been more important.
Some people are born into the irrigation industry. For others, the industry finds them. In the case of Travis and Shelly Komara, it all started - strangely enough—with a ’50s themed Internet cafe.