Recently I asked two of my mentors, Frank Mariani of Mariani Landscape in Chicago and Mike Bogan, CEO of LandCare in San Diego and our host for the 2019 NALP Field Trip, what motivates them to continue to grow their enormously successful companies. Here’s what they shared with me:
With June coming to a close and the Fourth of July holiday this Thursday, it’s a good time to take a step back and look at what jobs and prospects you have in your pipeline. At Grunder Landscaping Co., our sales team continues to proactively seek new work, and I am doing everything I can to get in front of as many people as will let me. How do we do this?
In my 35 years of running Grunder Landscaping and another 20 or so running a green-industry consultancy, I have toured more landscaping companies than I can count. And yet I never, ever tire of it. Why? Because, in my experience, it is the single fastest way you can learn ways to make your own business better.
With spring in full bloom now, most of us are going nonstop from early in the morning until late in the evening. The pace is unrelenting but, we tell ourselves, we just have to get through these super-busy months and then we’ll get back to all the “priorities” we’ve let slide—from thinking about our long-term business strategy and spending quality time with our families, to eating right and staying fit. But if you want to win at business and at life you have to plan for your future now.
Earlier this week The Grow Group touched down in Denver, CO, to spend a few days gearing up for our GROW! 2019 Annual Conference in February. This time around we’ll be going behind the scenes of Lifescape Colorado, a leading Denver landscaping company that CEO Michael Hupf and his team have grown from $3 million to $15 million in annual revenue.