Backstory: Mike Rorie


Mike Rorie




Madeira High School
Madeira, Ohio
Class of 1977

Did you know?

  “The name of my first company was Maintenance Service Inc. We changed it to GroundMasters around 1982 because we wanted a name that resonated more with landscaping.”

Photo: Mike Rorie

“My wife Angela and I enjoy traveling together. We golf year round and we like to boat.”

Photo: Mike Rorie

“Being in an industry the second time where you have so much industry equity, it’s a whole lot easier. It’s a lot of work, but there’s no trial and error.”

Words of Wisdom

“Get the best people you can, provide them the best opportunity, hold them accountable and they’ll take care of the customer.”

“Somebody’s gotta be in the crow’s nest looking out while people are delivering the daily, weekly and monthly promises made. When you’re down there with them, you’re not spending any time on the business.”

“Networking is the most underrated, undervalued benefit that anyone in leadership or management of a company can do. You can find out almost anything through networking with your peers and other business leaders.”


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Marisa Palmieri

Marisa Palmieri

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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