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Level Up: Rossen Landscape Seeks Revenue Growth with Sustained Profit

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Jeff Rossen’s passion for landscaping was born when he was gifted some unhatched Japanese koi eggs. He built his first pond for these fish, and it progressively got bigger each time he rebuilt it. Around 13 […]

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Level Up: Inside Yardnique’s Steady Organic and M&A Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. When Yardnique’s CEO Brian DuMont was considering where to go to college, all he wanted to do was play baseball. It was when his father asked, “What are you going to do with your life, son?” […]

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Growing Together: How a Father and Son Thrive in the Landscaping Business

Bob Grover and his son David, have been working together at Pacific Landscape Management, based in Hillsboro, Oregon, since David graduated from high school. While technically David had been working for the business before then, doing odds and ends, Bob was adamant his son not work for the business in earnest until he was in […]

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Skyler Westergard’s Path in Nurturing Talent in the Landscape Industry

Skyler Westergard’s journey through the landscape industry has given him multiple viewpoints including that of a student, a technician, a landscape company owner, a branch manager and a professor. Now the learning and development specialist at LandCare, LLC, based in Frederick, Maryland, Westergard says his foundation as a college professor and working as a branch manager for […]

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Changing the Game: HeartLand Unlocks the Growth Potential of Their Partner Companies

Most landscape companies spend years fine-tuning their business before diving into M&As or attracting the attention of a private equity firm. In HeartLand’s case, acquisitions and private equity have been part of the business from the very beginning. Founded in April 2016, Ed Schatz Jr., founder & CEO of HeartLand, partnered with Great Range Capital […]

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Level Up: Ziehler Lawn Care Is Focused on Enhancing Their Customers’ and Employees’ Lives

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Make 20,150 lives more enjoyable by 2030 is Ziehler Lawn Care’s current Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). This includes growing to over 20,000 active customers and building a team of 150 employees. Andrew Ziehler, owner and […]

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Talking with Titans: Carmine Schiavone

Carmine Schiavone is CEO of SavATree and is a member of its board of directors. Schiavone joined the company in 2020 and has more than 25 years of experience leading large, complex businesses in manufacturing, construction and field service-based enterprises. In his previous role, he led the multi-billion dollar North American fire protection installation and […]

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Franchise Leaders Join Forces: Exploring the Clintar and U.S. Lawns Merger

This year, U.S. Lawns, based in Orlando, Florida, joined EverSmith Brand’s portfolio of B2B service-based franchise companies. Previously, U.S. Lawns was owned by ValleyCrest and when ValleyCrest merged with The Brickman Group to form BrightView, U.S. Lawns tagged along. “We realized it was a good time for us to spin out, a necessary time,” says […]

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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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