Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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by Jacqueline A. Soule, for LC/DBM Above Beginning in the early 80s with an offer to maintain the grass strips along the entrance of an under-construction subdivision, George L. Bori Sr., with the help of a pickup, a lawn mower, some tools, and a willingness to work hard and get the job done right, built Groundtek of Central Florida into a landscape company with about 150 employees. Their services include landscape maintenance, design and construction, irriga- tion and pest management. Top About 5 years ago, Groundtek put in a bid to maintain the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, a 325-acre campus: the second largest of its kind in the United States. The tasks included mowing the areas of turf, removing older leaves of plants such as ornamental taro, deadheading spent blooms of the many annuals and perennials, and even maintaining the water features to keep them clean, healthy environments for the aquatic life that reside within them. G George L. Bori Sr. did not set out to found a family-owned landscape company with mil - lion dollar annual contracts. He did not even set out to found a company at all. He just wanted to provide a good life for his growing family, and he wasn't afraid of hard work. Accept the Challenge In 1986 George was work- ing for a golf course full time, moving up through the ranks from running equipment to managing the shop. He earned extra money cleaning medical offices in the evenings. When asked to also maintain the ex - teriors of those offices, George said yes, and there went his Saturdays. This led to more landscape maintenance busi - ness, and a growing name as a man who wasn't afraid to work hard to get the job done. When asked what led to his success, George downplays his can-do attitude. "The good Lord had a lot to do with it," he says, and tells of his big break. An acquaintance in - 18 LC DBM Growing T og ether from the Ground Up

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