Backstory: Luke Henry

August 23, 2018 -  By
Luke Henry headshot; Photo: Luke Henry

Photo: Luke Henry

Luke Henry

Owner
ProScape Lawn & Landscape Services
Marion, Ohio

Education

Mount Gilead High School
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Class of 2001

Ohio Northern University
Doctor of Pharmacy
Ada, Ohio
Class of 2007

“I put myself through pharmacy school, so I needed to make a lot of money during the summers. I continued landscaping as a means to an end.”

Work Experience

1998-2005
Luke’s Lawns & Landscaping
Mount Gilead, Ohio

“I was in high school and wanted to make a buck, so I started mowing and continued branching out a little bit. In 2005, I incorporated and formed ProScape.”

2006-2009
2009-2017 (part-time)

Pharmacist
Rite Aid
Marion, Ohio

“I graduated, got a job at a pharmacy and started working full time. I kept landscaping, the company continued growing and I was passionate about it, but it was killing me. I would plow snow all night long and then go work a 12-hour shift … I set up a buyer to sell the landscape business, but in the 11th hour, I couldn’t do it. I wanted to give landscaping full time a go.”

2005-Present
Owner
ProScape Lawn & Landscape Services
Marion, Ohio

“Even though I have a doctorate, everything I’ve learned about business has been the hard way.”

Did you know?

Luke Henry and family; Photo: Luke Henry

Photo: Luke Henry

Henry and wife, Lindsey, with Emerson (left), 7, and Olivia, 6.

ProScape leadership team; Photo: Luke Henry

Photo: Luke Henry

“It’s not always easy, but it’s very gratifying to have people say that this is the best place they’ve ever worked … Creating opportunities for people is very challenging but very rewarding.”

SOTC meeting; Photo: Luke Henry

Photo: Luke Henry

“Quarterly, I do a state of the company meeting. We started it in 2011 and have done it religiously once a quarter since then.”

Words of wisdom

“One quote I always go back to that I feel changed my life trajectory is, ‘In five years, you will be the same person you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read,’ by Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones.”

“What we allow, we encourage. If we have a process and we allow people to break it, and we don’t correct their behavior, then we allow them to continue that behavior.”

“Another axiom is, ‘Right energy, right time.’ I utilize that from a standpoint of some things need to be said, but it might not be the right setting for somebody to receive the message in the way we intend. We were involved with LandOpt for six years. That was one of their mantras.”

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About the Author:

Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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