TAG: origin stories

Origin stories: Gothic Landscape | The family man

June 21, 2017By
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Jon Georgio CEO, Gothic Landscape No. 12 Since 1984, Jon Georgio and his brothers have taken the company their mother and father started from $500,000 to $130 million in annual revenue. Through it all, they’ve retained a mom-and-pop vibe while providing jobs to more than a thousand people and operating in four states. This is the story of three brothers,... read more

Origin stories: Perficut | The kid with a mower

June 19, 2017By
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Kory Ballard CEO, Perficut No. 124 This might be the most common trope in the landscape industry. A teenager with a mower cuts some lawns for extra money and ends up falling in love with the industry. What’s rare, however, is when that teenager builds a company like Perficut, a full-service, mostly commercial company pulling in $14.3 million in annual... read more

LM150: How we got started

June 12, 2017By

Origin stories from a few LM150 firms. As told to Dillon Stewart Think back to your humble beginnings. The starry-eyed days where you had nothing but a mower and a dream. There are many reasons the leaders from LM150 list companies may be different from the average landscape company—scale, scope and sometimes just pure luck. But a modest beginning is... read more

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 boy’s 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