Backstory: Richard Bare


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Arbor-Nomics Turf
Norcross, Ga.


Chaney High School
Youngstown, Ohio
Class of 1966

home_osuThe Ohio State University
Bachelor’s of Science, Ornamental Horticulture
Class of 1970

Work Experience

Worker bee
Terrace Gardens Nursery, Youngstown, Ohio

“I had a very rich upbringing at my father’s nursery. Not monetarily—but with experience.”

Fern Hill Landscaping, Columbus, Ohio

“When I graduated I started landscaping and doing mowing/maintenance with our Volkswagen Bug. I sold Encyclopedias in college, so I learned about selling door-to-door.”

Karl Kuemmerling Associates, Columbus, Ohio

“They bought me out, and I cleared $8,000 after the sale. I went out and bought a house.”

Branch manager
ChemLawn, Chicago

“(ChemLawn’s) Dick Duke got a flier of mine out of a store in Worthington, Ohio. We got along famously. They offered me a job and I went to Chicago.”

Sales manager, tree care tech
ChemLawn, Atlanta

“I didn’t know what I was doing running a branch. So, they demoted me to Atlanta, and I became a worker bee. I really got knocked off my high horse, but it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Arbor-Nomics Turf, Norcross, Ga.

Did You Know?


Bare and his wife, Sharon, have five kids and 11 grandchildren with one on the way. His son Josh (pictured with two of his kids) is CIO for Arbor-Nomics.

“My wife and I love to travel. This October, we’re planning to spend a whole month in Europe and go live someplace like Bath, England.”

Words of Wisdom

“It’s very important for company owners to be inventive all the time.”

“Grow size and profits as quickly as possible without going under. Size matters in lawn care—the bigger, the better.”

“Hire consultants, and consult with leaders in the industry to pull yourself up.”

“The money doesn’t matter. Your family, friends and fellowship, that’s what really makes you happy in life. And your health.”

Photos: richard barei; ©ISTOCK.COM/mtcurado/flukesamed

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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