TAG: Lindsey Getz

Whiplash recovery

October 1, 2010By

Grant & Power Landscaping has been through some major whiplash, but has come out better on the other side of things. In 2008, the company had its best year by far. In 2009, it had its worst. “That catches you off guard,” says Jan-Gerrit Bouwman, RLA, MLA, ASLA, senior landscape architect and partner of the West Chicago, IL-based company. Now,... read more

Maintenance is where it’s at

October 1, 2010By

When things started going downhill with the economy, Earthworks, a Lillian, TX-based company, decided to be proactive. “You can’t fight the environment,” says Chris Lee, president. “You have to look at how you can turn what most people see as a negative into something positive.” Lee says the more he looked at the situation his company was in, the more... read more

Wisdom from water

October 1, 2010By

This year Cutting Edge Lawn Care based in Austin, TX is on track for 10% growth in revenue. In fact, over the last three years they’ve managed to increase by 10% each year, despite the weak economy. Jerry Tindel, business manager, says the fact that Austin did not experience as difficult economic problems as other U.S. cities is certainly one... read more

Competitive pricing

October 1, 2010By

In 2009, Novato, Calif.-based Cagwin & Dorward was down around 14% in lost revenue. Like so many other companies, they were hit hard by the economy, and experienced lost accounts and lots of scaling back. Since then, the company has rebounded greatly and is currently looking at a little more than 4% growth for 2010. What that difficult year has... read more

My biggest mistake: John Rennels

October 1, 2010By

John Rennels’ biggest business blunder was thinking he was alone in this business. Since reaching out to his peers, he’s turned his story of error into one of great success. John Rennels was a lone wolf. As a result, his company, A Plus Lawn and Landscape, Lawrenceburg, KY, struggled. Rennels had no strategic sense of direction. He wasn’t paying himself.... read more