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Origin stories: Landscape Workshop | The industry outsider

June 12, 2017By

J.T. Price CEO, Landscape Workshop No. 55 Landscape Workshop is not J.T. Price’s invention. Joey Dobbs started the mostly commercial maintenance company in 1984. By 1995, it had quickly grown into a top company in the industry. Three years after McKinney Capital acquired it in 2011, the company tapped Price, a McKinney employee who had never operated a landscape company,... read more

Origin stories: Coast Landscape Management | The girl in the boys’ club

June 12, 2017By
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Kelly Solomon CEO, Coast Landscape Management No. 128 Kelly Solomon got her start as a salesperson at TruGreen after it bought LandCare USA, which had acquired Lebo Newman’s company. In 2000, Solomon left to start Up Valley Landscape, which bought Coast Landscape Management in 2005 and began operation under that name. Later that year, Newman signed on as chairman and... read more

Origin stories: Signature Landscapes | The unemployed plant lover

June 12, 2017By

Lebo Newman CEO, Signature Landscapes No. 122 Long before Lebo Newman was the CEO of Signature Landscapes, a $14.7 million firm company in Reno, Nev., he was standing in an unemployment line. His only landscape experience was caring for his prized jade plant. Five years after collecting his last unemployment check, he became the partner of a California firm that... read more

Are your salespeople mediocre?

June 12, 2017By

Salespeople misrepresent how much time they spend with clients. According to a Wall Street Journal story, account managers spent only a third of their time with clients, while self-reporting they were spending much than that. Perhaps they were bad at tracking their own time or perhaps they were lying, but either way they were distracted. This same story says account... read more

LM150: Top 25 by region

June 12, 2017By

A look at the 2017 LM150 list—sorted for top performers by regions.  Editor’s note: Not all companies report regional data. Dollar amounts were calculated by LM from data reported. By Profit Center By Region   By Region Northeast Southeast Midwest Southwest West     Northeast 1 TruGreen $194,505,940 2 Bartlett Tree Experts $103,251,643 3 Ruppert Landscape $77,389,832 4 Denison Landscaping $60,100,000... read more

LM150: Fast-growing firms

June 12, 2017By

There were 58 companies with double-digit growth in the 2017 LM150 list. To learn more about the companies in bold, scroll to the bottom of this page. Growth Rank Overall Rank Company % Change Over 2015 1 17 Elite Team Offices 143% 2 35 Clean Scapes 119% 3 74 Baytree Landscape Contractors 60% 4 91 Ecoscape Solutions Group 58% 5... read more