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Stories About the Pros

Faces of the Industry: Hope Cooper

Hope Cooper, plant purchaser and nursery manager for Bella Terra Landscapes & Garden Center, based in Ellendale, Delaware, got into the industry in 1997. Her best friend was a grower for Frank J. Smith Nursery in Millsboro, Delaware, and got Cooper a job at the garden center. Cooper was in the restaurant business for a […]

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Embracing Change and Taking Chances with Beth Berry: Season 2, Episode 18 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 18 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Beth Berry, vice president of turf and ornamental sales for Advanced […]

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Member Spotlight: Greg Cole, Cole Landscaping, Inc.

Greg Cole, president of Cole Landscaping, Inc., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, originally started out framing homes but when his boss went bankrupt, he ended up starting a landscaping job. Within a year he was running two crews and when he asked for a raise and only received a 50-cent increase, he struck out on his […]

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Latinos’ Passion for the Industry Fuels Entrepreneurship

More than 500,000 Hispanic-Americans work in the landscape industry across the country. Pathways into landscape careers and business ownership are varied, but growth opportunities and a love of the outdoors fuels many Latinos’ longevity in the industry. How They Entered the Industry For Ray Rueda, CEO of Nature’s Dream Landscape, based in Pinecrest, Florida, he […]

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Faces of the Industry: Juan Gutierrez

When Juan Gutierrez came to the United States from Mexico in 1999, he originally only planned to stay for one year so he could earn enough money to buy a truck or house in Mexico, like many of his friends had done. However, he quickly developed a passion for landscaping and decided his life was […]

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Critical Fundamentals with Danny Kerr: Season 2, Episode 17 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 17 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape talks with Danny Kerr, co-founder of Breakthrough Academy. Hyper-focused by his desire to do better, be better, Kerr started his own contracting business when he was just a teen and by the age of 20, he […]

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Building Resilience with Jim McCutcheon: Season 2, Episode 16 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 16 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, host Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape talks with Jim McCutcheon, CEO of HighGrove Partners.   McCutcheon graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in landscape architecture. He began his career with Post Properties as a landscape designer. In 2001, […]

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New Rules for Networking: Season 2, Episode 15 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 15 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, talk with each other.    In this podcast, our hosts reflect back on the last few months, as summer […]

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Clarity in Communication with Dan Foley: Season 2, Episode 14 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 14 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, host Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape, talks with Dan Foley, president of DHCC Management Corporation. Foley is president of DHCC Management Corporation where he serves as a success coach and advisor. He is also a coach and practice leader for open […]

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Finding Fulfillment with Tom Shotzbarger: Season 2, Episode 11 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 11 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Brett Lemcke, VP of R.M. Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Tom Shotzbarger, grounds manager for Graver Arboretum.   During a career of nearly 50 years in the green industry, Tom […]

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