Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2017

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by Mike Dahl LC/DBM Above Incorporated in Con- necticut in 1971 by a teenaged John Chiarella, who continues as the owner today, Ultimate Services is a grounds manage- ment company that not only provides lawn and tree care, irrigation installation and in- tegrated pest control, but also offers many specialized services including designing and install- ing hardscaped areas, water features, formal gardens, golf greens, tennis courts; even set- ting up and caring for bee hives and tapping trees to extract maple syrup for customers. I 28 LC DBM "I love what I do. I love the customers. I love my employees. It is a great feeling to do what we do," proclaims John Chiarella, who as owner of Connecticut-based Ulti - mate Services for 46 years has had plenty of time to confirm that assertion. His stint enhancing the outdoor beauty in the area actually spans longer than that. As a young teenager, a few years before Chiarella formerly established his company, he would call, each spring, every doctor, lawyer and real estate agent in the phone book to offer his services. Those efforts, and one push mower, became the founda - tion for a landscape maintenance realm. Bracing for Growth In 1971, while he was still in high school, Chiarella incorporated for $50, an amount that seemed large at the time but is now looked on with amusing nostalgia. Studies at the University of Connecticut were next with the eventual goal of a ca - reer in the legal field, but in the meantime, Ultimate Services carried on, with week - day work being completed by the com- pany's first employees who were assisted on weekends and through the summers by their boss. After receiving a bachelor's in liberal arts, Chiarella decided to wait a year be - fore law school to bank some money. But plans are meant to change. "I never went back," he admits with not even a hint of regret. "I just continued working." An Ultimate Calling Lessons Learned from a Success Story 50 Years in the Making

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