TAG: A Cut Above

A Cut Above: Chris Hricik

September 16, 2012By

Bergenfield, N.J.-based Kindergan Landscaping has successfully built a strong base of residential design/build and maintenance clientele in its 25-plus years of business. Now there are plans to expand even more, getting into the commercial segment and continuing to grow the maintenance division by converting every new design client into a maintenance customer. The key is: “Don’t forget to ask for... read more

A Cut Above: A.I.R. Lawn Care

August 16, 2012By

Zack Kline, 23, exudes enthusiasm when he speaks about his company, A.I.R. Lawn Care, based in Montgomery County, Md. His 1-year-old business is green in more ways than one: A.I.R. stands for “atmosphere improvement and renewal.” The company is living up to its name with its battery-powered handheld equipment, solar-paneled truck and an electric commercial-grade mower. The idea for the... read more

A Cut Above: Steve Rak II

July 8, 2012By

Want to know the focus of Southwest Landscape Management, a 22-year-old firm based in Columbia Station, OH? A line in President Steve Rak II’s email signature sums it up: “We put maintenance first.” The company, which Rak runs with his father, Steve Rak Sr., specializes in commercial maintenance (and snow removal), although it has been increasing its enhancements business over... read more

A Cut Above: John Gachina

June 11, 2012By

By Tom Crain “We believe that the spirit of our organization is our team, representing a variety of cultures from three continents and 10 countries,” says John Gachina, president of Gachina Landscape Management, Menlo Park, Calif. “About half of our account management team has risen through the ranks, starting at entry-level positions.” Gachina gives them important tools, including education and... read more

A Cut Above: Green Industry maintenance leaders

May 19, 2012By

Stockner’s Nursery is a third-generation family business based in central Virginia. Launched in 1981, Stockner’s designs, installs and maintains landscaping and hardscaping and provides grounds management. It recently branched out to a retail extension, Twigs Garden Center, to complement its residential design/build division. Company president Gary Stockner discusses this interdepartmental synergy, as well as effective client communications, rising fuel costs... read more

A Cut Above: John Watson

April 12, 2012By

By Mark Leitman John Watson, owner of Knoxville, TN-based Common Grounds Landscape Management, operates his business around a set of core values. He also promotes sustainable practices for the industry. Watson started his career in the professional landscaping industry through a high school internship and is now the president of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association. “As members of the... read more