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Old 02-14-2011, 05:26 PM
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It was a fantastic time. Much better than I had thought. It was great networking with the guys there and meeting some of you guys (Jarod, Shawn, Todd). I believe it was Joe Calloway who summed it up the best "It's like trying to get a drink from a fire hose" in regards to the incredible amount of information being shot at you from all directions.

Great event, I will be there again next year.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:27 PM
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BTW Tony, you missed it man =). Get there next year you would have genuinely loved it. I met another one of Dickrans clients there and we had some great conversations.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:30 AM
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Wow just read this whole thread. Im not going to say like others that you are "lucky" to have grown your business to what it currently is. I will say that your hard work, dedication, and constant planning and adjusting of those plans is paying off. Thank you for sharing your projects, and your words of wisdom. What you have created is an inspiration for myself to continue growing my business. I hope 2011 is a tremendous year for you.

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Old 02-23-2011, 08:13 PM
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Unveiled today to our existing clients. A comprehensive, well thought out division, to care for our high end clients. This program will only be available to those who do a build project with us and covers over 40 different items. We will not be soliticting anyone who is not a prior client of ours. If you want this care, you have to do a build project with us. I won't go into exactly what they all are, but will set it sets us apart from the competition.

The name was voted on by our staff and some outside sources, the division leader is hired, and we're moving forward with excitment from our clients.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:40 PM
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Wow very interesting and really seems great for clients. So will this be like lawn mowing, tree and shrub maintenance etc? or do you not want to go into that?
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:44 PM
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I'm not really going to get into what all this division entails, but I will say we've followed our clients wishes and heard their requests. It will fit us very well.

I did share details of it with John, Todd, and a few others in Dayton earlier this month and they agreed we were on the right path.
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:24 PM
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ETW- Very awesome (new division) . I'm reading "Becoming a Category of One" , you're doing what it says, you're not becoming complacent/fat and happy, you're continuing to grow, expand and truly are making yourself a category of one. Well, I hope that it works out awesome for you, and i want to see some pics when things get rolling. Take Care.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:49 AM
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With any new division or business venture it will take time, patience, and the right moves. I'm not expecting a blockbuster year with this new division. We've set some sales goals for it and it will grow slowly.

We started hard in maintenace 10 years ago, strayed from it into design/build, then higher end design/build. Our weak link over the past 3-4 years became the lack of post follow up with our projects. Our clients would say, "you've build this phenominal backyard for us, honored warranties, but we just don't know how to maintain it." "Billy", the local landscaper, would be hired to remulch, hack the shrubs, etc. and the place would become a mess. After hearing a handful of our clients request something like this from us, we decided to relook at it. Design/build is our passion, I'm not going to negate that, but we have to take care of our existing clients. They know our repuation, and know that when we do launch this, it will be a program that will be right. You have to delicately give your clients what they want, while maintaining growth and profitability. Its a dancing game, and you have to make the right moves.

Marty was a huge asset is pushing me this direction (though I was hesitant) and aiding in the development in this division. We can't launch a division, with our repuation, throw it against the wall and see what sticks. We have to hit it hard, right, and deliver the first go around.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:19 AM
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very nice,

maintenance can be great money, but requires the right tools and a very knowledgable staff.

chemical maintenance of shrubs and beds is a big one for us, if you werent already looking into that as part of your program
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:10 PM
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Ok well can you answer this, why wouldn't you send a letter to some of your recent high end designs/build jobs that you completed saying that you are now offer maintenance if they are interested to contact you?
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