TAG: Daniel G. Jacobs

A Cut Above: Bill Davids

September 1, 2010By

Golf’s U.S. Open was in Pebble Beach, CA. Bill Davids, president of Clarence Davids & Co., and his team hopped on a plane and headed west. They didn’t go to watch professionals play the famed golf shrine. Davids and his team were there to landscape the corporate hospitality area, the main entrance promenade and the merchandise pavilion. “The U.S. Open... read more

Lawncare pro: Ray Bradley

July 1, 2010By

Not many 40-year–old company founders can say they’ve led their companies for 25 years. Ray Bradley founded what would become Raymow Enterprises when he was 15 years old. Every time his friends would come over and ask to see Ray, his Mom would tell them Ray was mowing. From that came the name “RAYMOW.” The company now includes Southern Landscaping... read more

Milestones and forgiveness

June 1, 2010By

Our family changes forever this month. Our oldest child has begun attending a five-week program offered by Washington University in St. Louis. Josh returns home near the end of July, and a few weeks later, he returns to Wash U. to begin his full-time college experience. Save for a few holiday breaks, he’ll probably never call our house “home” again.... read more

A Cut Above: Randy Newhard

June 1, 2010By

“I know a lot of people are hurting, and I’m saying, ‘It’s the best year we’ve ever had.’ We had our best year ever in 2009 as far as sales and profits, which beat our best year in 2008.” Now in its 30th year, Newhard offers his insights on the maintenance industry and what he expects the coming years. TOP... read more

My biggest mistake: Rick Girard

June 1, 2010By

Early success doesn’t ensure continued growth. That’s one of the lessons Rick and Randy Girard learned the first time around. Rick Girard founded Girard’s Landscaping and General Maintenance in the early 1990s and quickly grew it to 30 full-time employees with monthly revenues of about $85,000. His brother Randy and father Leo also were involved in the company. But Rick... read more

Executive Forum: Sustainability

May 1, 2010By

Sustainability. Get used to the word. You’ll be hearing it a lot more. In fact, if you haven’t already, it’s probably because you haven’t been paying attention. Whether it’s developing a sustainable business model or adopting “more green” business practices, “sustainability” was a theme thread throughout the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET’s) Executive Forum held in Las Vegas in February. It... read more