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TAG: Des Rice

Weed Man CEO reflects on career

August 17, 2016By

Mike Kernaghan, CEO of That Franchise Group, which includes Weed Man, recently shared his thoughts on coming up through the Weed Man organization in an interview with the Canadian publication The Globe and Mail. In the interview, Kernaghan discusses his experiences as a recent college graduate, working as a field technician, moving to the U.S. and both sides of mentor relationships. Here... read more

Throwback Thursday: October 1999

January 16, 2014By

Weed Man USA graces the cover of our January issue this year, but 15 years ago the company warranted a mere page inside our book—page 16, to be exact. “Weed Man launches move into the U.S.” headlined the story written by Executive Editor Sue Gibson. The article ran in the October 1999 issue of Landscape Management. “We’re celebrating our 30th... read more

All systems go: Weed Man USA

January 14, 2014By

Weed Man USA’s strategy banks on planning, processes and people. How you can learn from its model. While visiting with his neighbor one evening in the mid-1980s, Roger Mongeon ventured down to the man’s basement office to take a look at his business. The neighbor ran a two-truck Weed Man franchise from his home in Ajax, Ontario, outside of Toronto.... read more

Industry loses lawn care pioneer Des Rice

April 18, 2011By

By Ron Hall The passing of Desmond “Des” Rice, 62, Thursday, April 14, in Naples, FL, leaves a huge hole in the professional lawn care industry. Rice and his wife Brenda founded Weed Man in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, in 1970. They started with a $500 loan from his father, and Rice went door-to-door offering to “weed” people’s yards, according to information on... read more