April 2014

Project Portfolio: Flat-out beautiful

May 2, 2014By

When an unusually flat site threatened to consume the view of the yard, the homeowners let the design team take some risks—and were rewarded with an outdoor space that’s the envy of the neighborhood. Brian Cossari, ASLA, a landscape architect for Wilton, Conn.-based Hoffman Landscapes, and his team were faced with a daunting challenge: The owners of a stately colonial... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: Goldenberg on big companies, industry challenges

April 8, 2014By

Norman Goldenberg, retired senior vice president of government affairs and industry relations for TruGreen, is featured in the April 2014 “1-Minute Mentor.” Here are two additional questions from our interview that didn’t make it into print. Big companies in the Green Industry sometimes get a bad rap. As someone who worked for one for many years, what’s your response to... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: $1 million company role, salary guidelines

April 8, 2014By

In “When to add” from the April 2014 issue of Landscape Management, we interviewed LandOpt CEO Tim Smith, among other Green Industry experts, about how to know when it’s time to ramp up personnel. Smith shared tips about hiring your first office manager, why to outsource the bookkeeping role and when to add an in-house designer. Additionally, he provided the... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: Assembling your ESOP team

April 7, 2014By

Due to the complexities of setting up an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), featured in “Ownership pride,” proprietors must enlist the help of several experts to ensure the company has a smooth transition to an ESOP. Kelly Finnell, president of Executive Financial Services, calls these individuals your ESOP team and says it typically consists of: The company’s owner(s) or successor... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: A take on ESOP education

April 7, 2014By

David DuBois, president of Mission Landscape, says the most difficult part of maintaining an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is “educating the (employee) ownership.” Which is why the company created an ESOP newsletter to overcome that hurdle. DuBois, who was featured in this month’s cover story, “Ownership pride,” provided a couple of copies of the newsletters, which include (all PDFs):... read more

April 2014 Web Extra: Example ESOP feasibility analysis

April 7, 2014By

Prior to implementing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), S and C corporations must undergo a feasibility analysis to determine whether the company is financially qualified to do so. In hand with this month’s cover story, “Ownership pride,” CCG Advisors provided an example feasibility analysis for a company seeking to implement a leveraged ESOP. In this example the company is... read more