Most parents would love to see their children achieve greater success than they had in their own business careers. Vince Shiely is probably no different. That his son, John, would someday take his place as president of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, and then become the companys CEO at the age of 48, has to be a source of glowing pride.
“It’s hard to find good help nowadays . . .” Yes, is an old, tired phrase, but nonetheless true. On a landscaping project, especially, its tough to amass the skilled manpower necessary to complete a job, according to many contractors.
fail even in days of prosperity, turning otherwise profitable
enterprises into dismal
failures, often in surprisingly short time. Red ink is an indication,
not a cause, for a breakdown in a company's health. Being guilty of one
failing, or a combination of several, can sink any
profitable business into oblivion.
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON
Dohren, owner of San Jose, California-
based Landmark Landscapes,
had a successful woodworking
business. Then he saw an
opportunity in the landscaping
business and decided to change
WHEN JOHN MILLER WAS STILL A
teenager he was managing
his own lawn care company. Called
Superior Lawns, Miller’s company
handled everything from mowing
lawns to working with tractors. It
was a pretty successful venture.
Between high school proms and
mid-term exams, Superior Lawns
occupied much of Miller’s focus,
and before long, he was pulling in
enough business to bring some of
his schoolyard friends onboard as