Backstory: Jon Cundiff

April 10, 2017 -  By

LM0417_LandscapeProfessionals-321_OUTLINERJon Cundiff

President
Weed Man Kansas City
Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Education
Raytown South High School
Raytown, Missouri
Class of 1978

Northwest Missouri
State University
Maryville, Missouri
Business science/marketing
Class of 1982

Work Experience
1976-1981
Kansas City Royals
Grounds Crew

“(George Toma, now a Super Bowl consultant) taught us that it wasn’t enough to do your job. If you’re going to be the best, you have to do your job and then some.”

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1982
Evergreen Lawns
Salesman

1983-1984
Beauty Lawns
Sales/Marketing

1984-1987
Dick Smith Car Dealership
Salesman

“The car salesman has a bad reputation, but learning how to negotiate has bode me very well. It’s about both parties coming out feeling good about what’s going on.”

1987-2000
Turf’s Up Lawn Service
President

“When you first start out, you’re everything. My wife and I built an org chart of what a million dollar company looked like, and our names were on all the positions.

2000-present
Weed Man Kansas City
President

“After 30 years, I’m still excited to get up in the morning and capture the day, and I have just as much drive and passion as I did the first day.”

Did you know?

Jon and Vicky Cundiff, CFO, started their company together 30 years ago. They have 28-year-old twin sons, Brandon and Cameron. Cameron runs the company’s satellites. “It’s very easy to talk shop nonstop,” Cundiff says. “We had to learn the discipline that work is work, home is home.”

“Our industry is a great industry to be in, and there are numerous opportunities to get into our industry and be successful, so we always want to keep pushing the envelope on workforce development.”

1993-2003
Professional Lawn Care
Association of America (PLCAA)
Board member

2003
PLCAA President

Present
National Association of Landscape Professionals
President

Words of Wisdom

“One place that we’re all equal is we all have 1440 minutes (a day). That’s all you get. You need to learn to use them correctly because you can’t save them and you can’t make them up.”

“Keep an eye on regulation. It’s the one thing that can change your business overnight.”

“Life is not a dress rehearsal. You need to capture every day.”

Photos: Jon Cundiff

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About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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