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Sean Adams
11-18-2004, 05:55 AM
Today is Thursday, November 18th. We are going to run this "contest" for the next 14 days and announce the winner on December 1st.

Here it is....

Which existing LawnSite.com member would you most like to meet, sit down with and discuss the lawn & landscape industry with? Why? What would you specifically discuss?

The winner will receive the following:

1. A LawnSite.com T-shirt
2. A LawnSite.com mousepad
3. Hardback book "What ItTakes To Be #1 - Vince Lombardi On Leadership".
4. Your choice of $50 cash or a brand new pair of high quality work gloves

After December 1st, this thread will be closed, so be sure to join in and Best Of Luck To Everyone!

tx_angler
11-18-2004, 07:40 AM
I'm a little confused over who the winner will be; the member I would like to meet, me or both of us?

Sean Adams
11-18-2004, 08:32 AM
My apologies...I see what you mean about it not being clear.

The only winner will be the person who gives the best response - names the member they'd like to meet and explains what questions they would ask and what kind of things they would discuss.

Sorry about that.

grassyfras
11-18-2004, 12:09 PM
I'd go with Rodfather. I'd talk about the business side of things and how he became what he is today. He seems very knowlegable(sp), and seems to be doing well for himself.

olderthandirt
11-18-2004, 01:27 PM
Bobby Gedd Why? because he seems to understand that you can't let people rip you off and walk all over you.
Specific discussion would be along the lines of getting the rest of the industry to use this same strategy and how to impement them, and specifically discuss how we can make more money with the easiest amount of work, since we both have some of the same ideas :D

Mac

PR Fect
11-18-2004, 03:42 PM
Mow Ed. He is in my area and I believe does things a little different than me. Being in the same area we would have many of the same problems. I would ask him how he deals with the weeds in our turf. I would also ask him what we can do locally to protect and/or enhance our green industry.

ztoro
11-18-2004, 03:44 PM
Bobby Gedd, I would like to know how to instill fear in people so that they pay you regardless if you show up to mow their lawn.

Frontier-Lawn
11-18-2004, 03:58 PM
tonygreek, for me and i would ask how he started his company, and how to avoid the mistakes that he made starting out.

J&R
11-18-2004, 05:23 PM
There ia noone on lawnsite that i would like to meet or talk about lawncare. Because if i don't meet you eye too eye before hand i wont belive what you say.

Phishook
11-18-2004, 11:06 PM
There ia noone on lawnsite that i would like to meet or talk about lawncare. Because if i don't meet you eye too eye before hand i wont belive what you say.


That's kind of rude! Havn't had your coffe today, have you?

65hoss
11-18-2004, 11:40 PM
I would choose 2.

Rodfather and Olderthandirt. Why? I respect them both. They are both at the top of their game.

stevo22
11-19-2004, 05:06 AM
i would choose john allin...simply b/c of his replies on a thread titiled large owner salary...that thread alone is probably the best thread re business information/plans etc...i would like to pick his brain about what direction to take my operation towards...

cward
11-19-2004, 09:19 AM
I would meet with BobbyG.,
First of all, I would want to know how someone so rude and so ruthlessly deal with his customers can have a successful business. Personally, I think it is a big front and a smoke screen. Once I found out for sure, I could post a thread about it and spill the beans on him. However, he entertaines the heck out of me and has some awesome insight to this industry.
Thanks for everything, lawnsite has been a great source of ideas and knowledge for me.

Happy Mowing, Chris

JustMowIt
11-19-2004, 09:48 AM
Can anyone tell me if Perficut Lawn & Landscape in Des Moines

His Website (http://www.perficut.com) is a member. If so, I would like to participate in this contest.
MJ

1MajorTom
11-19-2004, 11:54 AM
Can anyone tell me if Perficut Lawn & Landscape in Des Moines

His Website (http://www.perficut.com) is a member. If so, I would like to participate in this contest.
MJ


Yes, he is a member here, he has been a member since June 2000.

Up North
11-19-2004, 12:04 PM
Well I guess I won't win this contest as the person I'd choose is no longer with us. My choice would be Eric Elm. Never got to meet him, never had a chance to talk, email or exchange ideas with him. But in my short existance in this industry I've heard more about Eric Elm and the way he went about this business then any other one individual or company. I've read about him in threads, I've read some his threads, and have seen pictures of his work. I've seen an equipment manufacturer use his accounts as a marketing tool because of the professionalism Mr. Elm used in maintaining peoples property. From what I can see, read, and hear is Mr. Elm was the utmost professional, always willing to help others in the industry, making his customers a priority, and just an all around nice person.

He is the #1 person I'd like to meet and have as a mentor to pattern my business after.

Buck

Turf Medic
11-19-2004, 01:25 PM
Yes, he is a member here, he has been a member since June 2000.

Care to share what his screen name is?? I did a search and came up empty. I have seen his website linked on a couple of other forums, but never any input from them.

JustMowIt
11-19-2004, 04:32 PM
Yes, he is a member here, he has been a member since June 2000.

TJ & I would like the opportunity to sit down with Kory Ballard (Perficut) because his operation is opposite to ours in the sense that he runs 56 trucks offering just about every thing that is associated with Lawns, & we offer nothing but mowing with 11 trucks & a bush & bed truck for our mowing customers. When we are tempted to start offering another service, like trees, fertilizer, irrigation, etc. etc., we quickly change our mind by thinking another mowing truck would be just as profitable as a truck doing something else.

Since Kory has been highly successful, we would like compare notes with him to see what we may be missing. Specifically, could we make better profit margins, by offering all these extra services, & continue to have a simple life.

MJ
justmowing.com

Turf Medic
11-19-2004, 04:39 PM
I would like to meet and spend some time with the guys from Justmowit. From all outward appearances they are running the type of operation that I would like to have. I have no desire to mow yards, I enjoy the business management side, I like the sales, the marketing, the motivating of employees. I realize they are very busy during the season, but it looks like they are running a business instead of the business running them, load up and go to Hawaii for two months in the winter, not a bad way to live. At the age that TJ is and the growth he has experienced IMO is nothing short of spectacular. But I think they are business people first and lawnpeople second, they more than likely would be successful no matter what type of product they would deliver.

Some of the questions I would like to ask.
Why lawncare?
Did they have an example they followed, or did the no trailer, small mower, cheap mow, very focused operation seem like a reasonable risk.
Is there anything they would do differently if they knew back then what they know now.
Are there any changes they would like to try now but are somewhat nervous about implementing.
Do they ever see themselves expanding the services they offer or do they plan to stay with a very limited menu.


I have watched Wal-Mart grow over the years by not trying to be everything to everybody, and I think Justmowit's operation comes as close to being the Wal-Mart of mowing as you can get, without enlisting the aid of Sam Walton.
I have asked some of these questions and both Mike and TJ have been very helpful, but I would still like to sit across the table from them and discuss their operation.

impactlandscaping
11-19-2004, 04:56 PM
I would pick olderthandirt. He has been in the biz for close to 30 years, and could offer lots of valuable information, ideas, and industry insight....

green with envy
11-19-2004, 06:06 PM
I would pick Runner. Even though we are only a few miles apart and I know where he has breakfast a few days of the week. There is just never enough time to hook up and meet. Runner always has clear and intelligent answers and I feel I could learn from him. and become an Ally for the green industry with him.

My second choice would be TimTurf. because I believe that in my experience. He is the most knowledgeable and willing to give honest advice on this site.

Bravo to both of you :waving: .

GreenMonster
11-19-2004, 06:58 PM
I'm going with Mac (olderthandirt) but it's for more than just his years of experience.

Back in the day, before dirt was invented, the story goes something like this.
Mac had a job, I think in some factory, decided it wasn't for him, up and quit with kids on the way, and bought some equipment (with zero customers). He went out and did what he wanted to do, and made it work.

I'm still part time, and will admit I'm a little scared about making the jump with a young family. Mac is always saying just make the jump, and then you HAVE to make it work. I think if I met him in person, he could actually convince me to walk into my job and tell them to shove it :)

BTW, if I did actually meet Mac, I would hope it wouldn't be as dissapointing as when I met Adam :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

j/k Adam :D

FERT-TEK
11-19-2004, 08:53 PM
Which lawnsite member are you giving away? I can think of a couple that crack me up.

TClawn
11-19-2004, 09:34 PM
I think that the number one person that I would like to talk to is critical care.

I'd love to sit down and talk irrigation with him, seeing as I'm looking at doing that more than lawn care after I get my contractors license.

j&c
11-20-2004, 04:01 PM
my choice is mac, although we have never met I like his post and his replies to some on the site here.

with his 29+ years in the business he should be able to answer most if not all the questions I would have.
Examples:
1st: we are planning on full time what are some suggestions or ideas do you have for me and my business as far as accounting and employee matters
2nd: based on our customer base what types of equipment and how much would be needed to keep ahead and turn a reasonable profit
3rd:with the info I would bring to this meeting what are some of your Ideas as far as streamlining and better organizing my routes and pricing schedules in relation to the properties and their locations to one another.
and the questions would go on from there ( of course a note book and a good pen would be the the best thing along with an overview of our current operation and customer base with overhead. to give a Little insight into where we are and where we want to be)
I would also offer him a tee-shirt with my logo (you never get enough advertisement)

BryPaulD
11-20-2004, 05:30 PM
I would meet John Gamba. He was the first person to help me here. He has nice equipment, good business, a little older so lot's of insight to the industry. Very personable. Thanks John. :)

lafrance4078
11-23-2004, 12:26 PM
I would love to sit down with Runner. He seems to have everything nailed down tight. I would love to talk to him about business practices and different ideas on both of our operations. Think that we both should throw a couple of cold ones down. Plus I think he would enjoy the weather down here in the south. Its' got to be cold up there.

Ol'time Lawncare
11-23-2004, 05:48 PM
it would have to be the infamous BooBY geDD,LOL, this guy is funny as hell,rude,and many other things, from the way he expresses his self about his customers makes you really think, is it all true? who knows, i really think his stories r all made up,lol, New Jersey isn't that bad!!! :alien:

ChadsLawn
11-23-2004, 10:23 PM
My mentor was/is EricElm. He helped me when I was at the bottom of my career. I spent many a nights on AIM talking to him. He gave me advice on every aspect of the business. He even invited me up where he lived to help him during the summer time. Since his passing I started my business back up and went full steam ahead and now have almost 60accounts since June 2004. I owe it all to Eric. What I regret the most. I never got to thank him for help and advice he gave.
Did I win? I really dont care. I just hope Eric reads my post.


Chad

paponte
11-24-2004, 08:56 PM
Think I would have to go with Rodfather. Seems to be very knowledgable about the business, and conducts himself as a true professional. Questions I would have to ask:

1. How's the Viagra working out?

2. When are you going to patent the wheelchair sulky?

3. So, when are you buying another round?

:D

Eric 1
11-26-2004, 09:24 PM
I think my top pick would be Runner. Extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Never comes down on someone for a stupid remark or question. Just cant praise him enough.

Next would be Envy Lawn Service. He is level headed always knows what he is talking about, especially equipment. I love talking about equip. And he is not afraid to admit he was wrong.(on a rare occasion)

Next Frankenscag, I think He is cool and creative.

Then Qualitylandscaping, just to see all his stuff. :dizzy:

arborist-28
11-27-2004, 11:07 AM
Hi Everyone,

CC here. I've been in some form of landscaping, lawncare, treecare, or Nursery work since 1982. I have a degree in Horticulture from North Carolina State University. I would have to say that the Green Industry is and will always be my livelyhood. I truly enjoy the work.

This would be a difficult decision for me because I am very new to the site but I think I would have to go with (olderthandirt). He seem very knowledgable, professional and honest. Although I don't really know him that well, I've read several articles in which he has commented and I was very impressed with his responses.

I've been out of work the past 5 years or so, had an unfortunate accident in which I fell 25 ft. from a tree while doing tree work. So, I would be interesting in asking Mac how the industry has changed over the past 5 years, what he thinks would be the best plan of attack for someone who is trying to get back into lawncare after a long layoff. I would like to know how he might handle this situation. Also, I would be interested in knowing his thoughts on how many contracts is too many for a two man operation, in which I am considering starting. It would be interesting to know how Mac got started in the industy and what he does differently from when he first started. The things that work for him and the things that haven't changed.

My curious nature would further our dicussion toward how he got his start in his business and if he had it to do all over again would he consider the same carreer. Alot has changed in 5 years, which mowers he would consider, which blowers are the very best and most economical, how bidding jobs has changed over the years, and any tricks of the trade that he may offer to make my work a bit easier. I'm sure there are alot of things I don't know or have forgottenand speaking to someone of Mac's caliber would be a great refresher at the very least.

In conclusion, I would just like to say that I think this is an excellent site and I have learned alot in the short time that I've been a member. It is interesting to be able to see what people like me are doing in the Industy, the latest changes in technology, and which direction lawn care companies are heading. Thank You for your time and it is a pleasure meeting everyone here.


Sincerely, cc aroborist-28

N.H.BOY
11-27-2004, 12:13 PM
Im a new one here, and I first would like to say that there are alot, and really I mean alot of knowledgable people on this site. It's a hard ? for me anyways!

My choice is OLDERTHANDIRT, he seems to answer most threads and has very good points in my opion. He knows the industry pretty damn good from what I read. I have found older threads from him and read them over. Very nice guy and the best reason for me is his "JUST DO IT" and dont be scared attitude.

If I had a second it might be GREENMONSTER, helpful at times, but he does need to cut back on the Red Sox. Its football time. Pats!!!!!!!

Blaster822
11-27-2004, 08:21 PM
I would like to meet you Sean Adams and ask you;
How you came about the web site?
How long it take you to build it?
How did you get all the sponsors to join?
What kind of sacrifices did you have to do to get this web site?
How do you get money to run this site; and how does that work?
Do you have kids; if so how many?
What do you do for a living
Do you mow grass? if so what kind of equipment do you use?
How old are you?
How long has the web site been up and running?
Have you ever had to shut it down? if so for what
What do you like to do?
Do you have a wife? if so what does she look like? what do you look like?
what do you drive?
What kind of house do you have?
Did you have a good child hood?
Would you change any of your child hood if you could?
What do you think about the war?
Who did you vote for; and why?
What do you think about taxes?
Are you lower middle or upper class?
When you went to school did you do anything bad? or where you a good
if so what thing did you do good or bad?

I have been on this web site for some time now and never seem to here about you that is why i would like to know more about you and what you do?

Envy Lawn Service is a big help to me, that is why i am going to get the hustler super mini z this year.

P.S. Smile be happy and live life to the fullest thanks.

SprinklerGuy
11-27-2004, 10:07 PM
Harold Foxx from the Irrigation forum...I have spoken with that gnarly old coot on the phone many times and I want him to take me fishing!

K.Carothers
11-27-2004, 10:48 PM
I would like to meet you Sean Adams and ask you;
How you came about the web site?
How long it take you to build it?
How did you get all the sponsors to join?
What kind of sacrifices did you have to do to get this web site?
How do you get money to run this site; and how does that work?
Do you have kids; if so how many?
What do you do for a living
Do you mow grass? if so what kind of equipment do you use?
How old are you?
How long has the web site been up and running?
Have you ever had to shut it down? if so for what
What do you like to do?
Do you have a wife? if so what does she look like? what do you look like?
what do you drive?
What kind of house do you have?
Did you have a good child hood?
Would you change any of your child hood if you could?
What do you think about the war?
Who did you vote for; and why?
What do you think about taxes?
Are you lower middle or upper class?
When you went to school did you do anything bad? or where you a good
if so what thing did you do good or bad?

I have been on this web site for some time now and never seem to here about you that is why i would like to know more about you and what you do?

Envy Lawn Service is a big help to me, that is why i am going to get the hustler super mini z this year.

P.S. Smile be happy and live life to the fullest thanks.

Dear Penthouse............

GreenMonster
11-29-2004, 08:30 AM
My choice is OLDERTHANDIRT, he seems to answer most threads and has very good points in my opion. He knows the industry pretty damn good from what I read. I have found older threads from him and read them over. Very nice guy and the best reason for me is his "JUST DO IT" and dont be scared attitude.

If I had a second it might be GREENMONSTER, helpful at times, but he does need to cut back on the Red Sox. Its football time. Pats!!!!!!!

Good choice with Mac. He's my pick too.

HA! Don't waste a pick on me -- first of all, I ain't really that bright by any means, second, I'm pretty much a newbie myself, third, we're probably less than an hour apart from each other, so we likely could hook up and chew the fat if you really wanted too.

Ok, ok, I tuned down the sig a little. Once Varitek is in pinstripes the sig will be gone for good. OBTW, I usually do have a Pats avatar this time of year, but, um, 86 years.... the circumstances dictate a change this year :)

twins_lawn_care
11-29-2004, 09:03 AM
Sean, I wasn't sure if you saw this or not, but was listed in another section, but noticed no one else posted there. so if you saw this already, I apologize...

#3 11-18-2004, 07:55 AM
twins_lawn_care
Senior Member Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 797

I would like to sit down and talk with Brickman, reason being, is that they are at the ultimate level when you think of successful LCO's of today. What I would like to discuss is not how they run their current operation, but rather where they started, and how they grew. When did they/he know it was time to get that first larger mower. When did he know it was time to get that first employee? When did he start running a 2nd crew? Did he start full time, or work at it part time as a lot of us are doing? What chances did he have to take to get where he is, and which ones did he take that didn't work out? How many years did it take to go full time, and make a profit? And what in the very begining were his long term goals?
It would be interesting to learn from an actual story, about all of the issue that us currently growing LCO's contemplate every day, and see how similar he may have been just starting out. I think my thought process is along the lines of the saying, "Every great oak tree also started as a seed". It might be encouraging to this "seed" to hear the life story of the oak.

Thanks for the opportunity again to win some great stuff, and what might be a great idea, is to try and arrange the actual meeting for the winner of the contest if both parties could agree to it!

Rob
TWINS Lawn Care

Sclark25
11-29-2004, 09:19 PM
I would like to meet and possibly work with Landscaping fool. I have read several of his posts and find most of the things that he has to say are identical to the way I think. I am a junior at Texas Tech University and would love to go into business with someone that has as much enthusiasm as he does. Plus he realized that landscaping can be looked at several different ways and he incorporated the use of pavement and brink into several of his ideas which I find to be projects I would love to work on.

lawnwizards
11-30-2004, 12:00 AM
i would like to meet and talk to AVERY. from all the responses hes ever given, it sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders. i'm sure i could learn loads of great information from him. he stands where i see myself in a few years... plus i'd like to teach him the game of golf... :p

mtdman
11-30-2004, 01:18 AM
I would like to sit down and talk to Jim Lewis. Why? His posts are always well thought out, he has clear and concise answers to the questions I am interested in, and he has the experience and success that I would like to obtain. He has been a great help to me answering my questions in the past about employees and growth. One answer in particular gave me a perspective I had not considered and totally changed my mind about the subject. His advice and guidance had helped me to get past several issues I had with growth, particularly issues I faced as my partner quit and left me solo, facing the daunting task of growing my business alone.

What questions would I ask? I would ask about his daily operations, how he grew from being a solo operator to having employees, and how that has changed and impacted his role with his business. Mainly I am interested in the way he runs his employees, campaigns for new work, and utilizes his time to his advantage. As the E-Myth says, you should be working ON your business, not IN your business. Jim is definitely someone who works ON his business, and whose business works for him. That's where I want to be, that's the kind of success I want to aim for. I wouldn't want to just sit down with him face to face, I'd ask to be involved with his business for a day to see how things work, to understand how and why he has achieved the success he has.

Altogether, Jim Lewis is a member I greatly respect and who has helped me out with his posts in the past, whether he knows it or not. If I could sit down with him, I would look to further that learning in an effort to achieve the success he owns.

:D

Lawn-Scapes
11-30-2004, 01:42 PM
There are too many folks here that I admire to choose just one.

bobbygedd
11-30-2004, 01:43 PM
There are too many folks here that I admire to choose just one.
thanks buddy

Lawn-Scapes
11-30-2004, 02:41 PM
thanks buddy
Sure pal. :rolleyes:

richard coffman
11-30-2004, 02:52 PM
well, for me, I'd like to meet everyone here on the board, including Bobby.....all of us together has made this a great board to be members of. of course, it wouldn't have started without the founders of it, so i tip my hat off to those who have made it possabe. :D :D :D :D :D

respectfully,

Richard/Owner

kris
11-30-2004, 07:02 PM
Not out to win any prize ... Id just like to mention Dfelix, Rex and Alga of people who's opinion I value and are great assets to this forum.

Smithers
12-01-2004, 07:38 PM
I dont know if it is too late for this post, but i'd like to meet CoastalGreenscapes becuase he takes care of 117 golf courses and many, many other accounts. His posts are very informative and thoughrough.

I'd like to spend as much time with him as i can to pick his brain and ask him what he did to get so big (company wise). it will answer so many questions that i have about potentialy quiting my job and starting a company.

i hope i was not too late.

GreenMonster
12-01-2004, 09:32 PM
Not out to win any prize ... Id just like to mention Dfelix, Rex and Alga of people who's opinion I value and are great assets to this forum.

Kris,

Those are all GREAT choices. Yourself as well.

MMLawn
12-03-2004, 12:18 PM
I dont know if it is too late for this post, but i'd like to meet CoastalGreenscapes becuase he takes care of 117 golf courses...

Sorry petrentz and not speaking for someone else but I play golf there all the time and I don't think that he means that he does 117 golf courses. What I beleieve you read in his signature is the total number of golf courses (117) in MB,SC where he is and it is known as one of the Golf Capital'f of the World because of that and I believe that is what the "117 courses and growing everyday" is referring to in his sig line. He may do some courses but most of them have their own groundskeepers.


From Golf Travel.com

"With mile after mile of white sand beaches, it is clear to see why Myrtle Beach is known as the "Grand Strand". Although, the never-ending beaches are not the only reason why the area attracts some 13 million visitors per year. The natural beauty of the surroundings, pleasant climate, family oriented activities, shopping, fine restaurants, and great nightlife—dancing, shows, music, dinner theater and cruises also attract visitors.

Let's not forget what Myrtle Beach is best known for—golf, and plenty of it! In less than 20 years the number of golf courses has tripled, from about 30 in the early 1980's to now over 100 courses. And more than 20 course are expected to open in the next 3 years."