Believing in what you are doing, overcoming putting yourself out there, and being consistent when times get tough, can be overwhelming for any entrepreneur. The Commercial Landscaper Podcast by Dave Anderson and Robert Clinkenbeard will help you take your business mindset to the next level. Dave and Robert make you think in a whole new way, so you don’t feel as though you are on an island and you switch to genuinely believing that you are capable and deserving of success. They offer short weekly experience share interviews, with experts around the world, to keep the full-360 aspects of your life balanced. They are exceptionally relatable and empowers their listeners to take massive action as up-and-coming business leaders.
Interview with Stephen Gault, Founder of EcoMow Lawn & Landscape Solutions
Stephen Gault is founder of EcoMow Lawn & Landscape Solutions based in Dallas, TX. Founded in 2019, EcoMow is focused on providing innovative battery operated lawn and landscape services for commercial & residential customers. Stephen is also founder of Lawn Pro Digital Marketing and host of The Electric Lawn Talk Podcast. Stephen is married to his lovely wife Melissa and they have 3 wonderful children. Stephen comes to the lawn and landscape industry with a strong passion for networking with fellow landscape professionals. His humble desire to learn from his peers has helped him build a fast growing landscape business and provide customers with an experience second to none.
Interview with Roger Braswell, Chairman of The Southern Shade Tree Co.
Roger Braswell is a self-described “serial entrepreneur.” Having launched over a dozen successful operating companies in his 54-year career, the title is well deserved. More importantly, Roger and his daughter, Angela Quinn, co-founded Give Hope Global, which provides education for over 1,000 students and operates community health programs in Haiti and Ghana. He is passionate about succeeding in business to provide resources for helping people in difficult circumstances become all their ambition and talent will allow them to be.
The companies he has founded or co-founded include Braswell’s Landscape Co., The Village Nursery, Southern Tree and Landscape Co., LandCare USA, PowerHouse Equipment, SiteWork Systems, Compact Power Equipment, Compact Power Services, Turf Today, HuntWell Homes, and others. Companies he has acquired include The Southern Shade Tree Co., Mertz Manufacturing, DOC Services, and Bentwood Farms. He has served on the boards of numerous industry trade groups, many non-profits, and corporate boards of mid-market private equity–owned companies.
A committed Christian and family man, Roger is active in his church and his community. Writing this book has been a longtime dream and a major item on his bucket list. Prodded by his friends and co-workers to tell his story, he decided to “step into the moment” and write a book about it!
Interview with Ivan Giraldo, President of Cleanscapes
Clean Scapes was founded in 2005 and quickly became the fastest-growing company in Central Texas. We have since opened additional locations in San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth.
Our founders were driven by a lifetime working in, and passion for the commercial landscape industry. With a unique understanding of the value of quality labor, we recognize that our employees are critical to the continued success of our clients’ projects, and therefore Clean Scapes. As such, in 2021, we transitioned to a 100% employee-owned company through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
Today, we are the largest commercial landscape company based in Texas with nearly $100M in revenue expected in 2022. We are Texas’ most trusted commercial landscape partner, working on some of the most high-profile and complex projects in the region.
Interview with Bruce K. Wilson, Founder of Bruce Wilson & Company
Described as a mentor, advisor and true friend, Bruce Wilson stands as one of the visionaries in the landscape business, with insights and expertise developed over forty years. He’s quietly played a major role in leading the transformation of the industry from small, family-run operations to larger, dynamic companies driven to the highest performance standards.
Never the center of attention, Bruce listens intently, asks probing questions and facilitates the most effective paths to success. According to an industry colleague, “his ability to get to the heart of the matter and to offer constructive, experiential advice is truly standard setting.”
As founder of Bruce Wilson & Company, Bruce has brought together many of the industry’s most accomplished business owners, as well as the next generation of energized thought leaders.
Bruce served for three decades as president of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance and vice president of its parent corporation, ValleyCrest Companies (BrightView). Prior to rebranding as Bruce Wilson & Company in 2015, he was co-owner and partner Wilson-Oyler Group. He was also co-owner of the Palm Desert, Calif.-based prestigious commercial landscape services company, Conserve LandCare.
Bruce Wilson & Company has been the official facilitating partner for NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals) peer groups since 2013.
During his career, Bruce has held numerous industry leadership positions, including serving on the Board of Directors for the NALP’s Foundation and chairing the association’s landscape management committee.
Bruce holds a degree from Cornell University in Ornamental Horticulture. A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bruce is a nationally recognized author, a frequent guest speaker and panelist at green industry events, and a monthly columnist for Lawn & Landscape magazine.
Interview with Chris Lee, President of EarthWorks
Chris Lee is the president of EarthWorks and has over 24 years of green industry experience. He has worked for EarthWorks since 1998 and is a certified apartment supplier, licensed irrigator (LI 18300), and licensed pesticide applicator (#078546).
Chris studied business at the University of Arkansas, and horticulture and landscape design at Tarrant County College. In 2000 Chris completed a Certificate in Financial Planning from Florida State University. He also is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Institute. He is also pursuing ongoing education through the Texas A&M Agrilife System.
Interview with Jerry Schill, Founder for Schill Grounds Management
Jerry Schill founded Schill Grounds Management in 1993, and as CEO he sets the strategic vision for the company and makes executive and financial decisions that drive profitable growth and scale.
Beginning in 2020, Jerry partnered with Argonne Capital to proactively drive consolidation in the highly fragmented commercial grounds management and snow and ice removal industry by acquiring independent privately held businesses that add contiguous geographic expansion for Schill.
Jerry has three decades of leadership experience, and he believes in running the business with family values, integrity, respect and honesty. He also holds leadership positions with industry professional organizations including serving as an active member of the Accredited Snow Contractors Association’s Government Affairs Committee and the Ohio Landscape Association’s Snow and Ice Committee.
Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Glenville State College. He is also the founder of Holiday Feast, an annual event that provides free meals for thousands of people in the Cleveland area. Jerry’s contributions to the industry were recognized when he was chosen for the National Leadership Award by SNOW Magazine and Lawn & Landscape Magazine.