Our History

It was 1983, and my brother, Pat, and I started a landscape business… just like that. Our work truck was an old Volkswagen, and with the windows down, we could just about fit all our tools and lawn mowers. I am sure it was quite a sight! We advertised by putting flyers in mail boxes, calling on neighbors, and telling our friends. We were now proud owners of a new business. That first year the business grossed $36,000, and we each made $7500… for the year! Both married and with baby boys at home, we raced the high school kids through neighborhoods after snow storms, shoveling driveways for milk and diaper money. The next year the business would nearly triple and we were off and running. From humble beginnings, this lawn cutting business soon evolved into a landscape design and construction company that would gross several million dollars a year.

How did this all happen?

Although we had strong backs and a healthy work ethic, we had a lot to learn about running and growing a business. Our father, a dentist, was the first to give us some great counsel. It is what has inspired me to write my first article on the principles of success. It also started me down a lifelong path of conducting an informal survey of sorts. I found a treasure of these principles with my most successful customers, many of whom were very eager to share their “secrets of success”. These customers come from all walks of life and various industries. Many do not have college degrees. Most of them are not very religious, yet have a strong moral sense of right and wrong, and treat people fairly. These principles can be boiled down to habits in personal character, attitudes of professionalism, and the art of communicating to customers, employees, bosses and coworkers… really well. Many of these principles are not earth shattering revelations, and yet most are ignored or inconsistently practiced. Incorporating these principles into business practice became the key to successfully building the business, and even spilled over into my personal life as well.


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