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Stories About the Pros

Level Up: Passion Powers Pleasant Places, Inc.’s Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Guy Artigues enjoys hard work. “I truly enjoy the sweat on your brow type thing and just the instant gratification of this industry that it provided,” Artigues says. “Back then, you were just doing little things […]

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Second-Gen Owner Dean DeSantis Reflects On His Career Journey

In 1974, DeSantis Landscapes, based in Portland, Oregon, was just a landscape and irrigation start-up. Over the years, the business has steadily grown to serve the Greater Portland Metro and beyond and is now at $18 million in annual revenue. Second-generation owner Dean DeSantis took a journey of his own before coming to take the […]

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The Power of Collaboration: How Partnerships Propelled SunWorks Landscape Partners’ Rapid Growth

SunWorks Landscape Partners, based in Carrollton, Texas, was founded in 2021 and has already reached No. 55 on Lawn & Landscape’s Top 100 list for 2023. “We are proud of what we have accomplished and are grateful to work with so many dedicated and talented teammates,” says Nate Carlson, CEO of SunWorks Landscape Partners. “Our […]

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Frederico Outdoor Living Fine-Tunes Their Focus Under New Leadership

Passing the business on to the next generation is a common hope and exit strategy for landscape company owners. Russ Frederico started his company, Frederico Landscape Management, based in Lehi, Utah, over 40 years ago. As an elementary school teacher, he was looking to supplement his income over the summers by mowing lawns. After a […]

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Growing Green Passes the Reins To Long-Time Employees

Growing Green, Inc., based in St. Louis, Missouri, is celebrating their 50th anniversary and is also marking a change in leadership this year. Founded by Teri Pesapane and her husband Joel in 1973, Growing Green got started after Teri was inspired by the plantscaping she noticed when visiting her family in Boston. She began selling […]

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Talking with Titans: Mike Bogan

Mike Bogan is the CEO of LandCare. He began his career in the design/build division of a regional company in the Mid-Atlantic states. He spent 23 years with The Brickman Group and then went on to create Monterey Pine Advisors, a consultancy serving the green industry. He assumed leadership of LandCare at the end of […]

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Growing Your Business with Events with Claire Goldman: Season 4, Episode 4 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 4, episode 4 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, host Brett Lemcke with R.M. Landscape talks with Claire Goldman, principal and head of design and business development for R&R Landscaping, based in Auburn, Alabama. Goldman cultivated a love for the outdoors and plants as a child following her grandma around the […]

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Growing in the Green Industry

REPLAY: Shaping Your Story with Roger Phelps

In this replay of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software and Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, talk with Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager for STIHL Inc. Phelps joined STIHL Inc. in 2001. As corporate communications manager, he is responsible for creating and telling the […]

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REPLAY: How Coaching Drives Success with Taylor Milliken

In this replay episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench and Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape talked to Taylor Milliken, owner and president of Milosi. Milliken founded Milosi in 2001 with a truck, a trailer, and […]

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REPLAY: Marketing Your Unique Brand with Lara Omick

In this replay episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III with Include Software and Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, talk to Lara Omick from Conserva Irrigation. Omick oversees brand marketing for Conserva Irrigation. Conserva is the nation’s largest irrigation franchise founded on the principle of water conservation. In the brand […]

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