Green Industry Roll Call

A roundup of the latest news about the people within the green industry.

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Mariani Landscape Growth

Mariani Landscape achieved record growth over the last 18 months. To date, Mariani Landscape has acquired seven family-owned landscape companies.

The companies that currently comprise the Mariani Landscape family include Berghoff Design Group / BDG Maintenance, Designs by Sundown, Hoffman Landscapes, Mariani Landscape, NatureWorks Landscape Services, Rocco Fiore & Sons, RP Marzilli and Woodlawns Landscape Company. 

“As we seek to create the best residential landscape company in the world, we are partnering with companies that are the best at what they do in their local markets. We trust them and fully support their management teams, and we add value by creating services that elevate their client and associate experiences,” said Mariani Landscape chairman Frank Mariani. “We didn’t want to replicate what we’ve seen in the commercial landscape industry, where companies were absorbed and local management was removed. The companies that have joined us so far have set a great precedent that this is a business model that works well and benefits everyone.”

Case Kickstart Winner

Case Construction Equipment named Terry McNair and his local Fort Valley landscaping company Real Turf Solutions as the recipient of the Case  Kickstart business development program for 2022.

"We salute Terry for his entrepreneurial spirit, people-first approach and dedication to his entire team," said Terry Dolan, vice president, North America, Case Construction Equipment. "Although we have more than 180 years of experience at Case, we, like Terry, are making moves like a startup and creating solutions rooted in customer need. Through Case Kickstart, we're honored to help the men and women who operate our equipment every day further their business aspirations and reach their dreams." 

For McNair, the drive for meaningful change in his business started with a very real and personal experience.

"My oldest son was diagnosed with cancer when he was 10, and we were told he'd never walk again. It changed my perspective and goals. Today he has been fully cured."

After countless hours in hospitals and days away from his work, McNair's vision for his business, which is located 25 miles southwest of Macon, evolved. "We started to make changes. I hired a new management team and developed a culture of 'changing lives.' Everything has changed for the better since," he said. 

From PRNewswire:

  • As part of the grand-prize package, McNair will deploy a Case compact track loader and attachment into his business for six months and receive one year of business consultation with Envisor Consulting.
  • Owners Ken Thomas and Ben Gandy will take a deep dive into McNair's business through their proprietary Green Dot Operating System.
  • Equipment support, training and related counsel is being provided by Georgia-based Case dealer Tidewater Equipment Co.  
  • Four Case Kickstart runners up were also named.

Austin Marstellar at Central Turf & Irrigation Supply

Central Turf & Irrigation Supply added Austin Marsteller as the new turf category director for chemicals. 

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Austin Marsteller join our team. We are always looking to innovate and improve so that we can meet and exceed the needs of our customers,” said Anthony Luciano, VP of sales & marketing, Central Turf & Irrigation Supply. “I am confident that Austin will help us do this. As we continue to grow the department and the resources available to our customers, it will be critical for us to have an industry leader like Austin to focus on and execute category-specific strategies for the department.”

 From Central Turf & Irrigation Supply:

  • This role will focus on strategic growth for the chemical category. Marsteller’s innovative emphasis on customer service within key account management and sales make him uniquely qualified for this role.
  • Marsteller holds a degree in turfgrass science from Penn State University and an MBA from Louisiana State University-Shreveport.

Ruppert Landscape

Hunter Thompson at Ruppert Landscape

Ruppert Landscape promoted Hunter Thompson to director of accounting, systems and reporting.

“Hunter possesses extensive knowledge of Ruppert systems, procedures, and operations, and uses that experience to develop and maintain accounting standards necessary for external reporting while ensuring our internal customers receive the value and information needed for operational decision making,” said Jennifer Saah, vice president of accounting and financial risk, Ruppert. “Additionally, Hunter’s commitment to our culture and values has made him one of the key mentors, trainers, and motivational leaders within the department for years.”

From Ruppert Landscape:

  • His new role is responsible for providing department oversight, ensuring accounting system integrity, managing the annual financial audit and reporting internal financial statements timely and accurately.
  • He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration and economics from McDaniel College.
  • He began his career with Ruppert as an intern in 2012 and has served in almost all capacities within the department.