Construction, Industrials and Utilities

Turfinators Lawn Service

Owner/Founder
Andrew Nycz
My Location
Toledo OH 43623
United States
Year Company Formed
2008
How SCORE Helped

Turfinators Lawn Service says:

 

“My SCORE Mentor is genuinely interested in me”

That’s the way Andrew Nycz puts it.  He says that if he goes home happy every day, he knows that his customers are happy, his employees are happy, and he is succeeding in the tough competitive jungle of small business.

Four years ago, Andrew started Turfinators Lawn Service, a full-service landscaping and maintenance company.  He has carved his own niche among a thicket of other companies.  And he has done it the old-fashioned way: with self-financing, with the help of his wife as “inside manager”, with smart ideas and long hours of work.  If you want to see the result, go to www.turfinatorstoledo.com; you will see some beautiful pictures, and some glowing testimonials. 

No, it’s not a franchise.  Why the name?  Think Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Terminator.  Ask Andrew for the rest of the story.

How has Andrew pulled this off?  He is 40 years old, and admittedly spent his early adulthood enjoying work as a bartender, waiter and – most importantly for his future – working for various landscape companies.  He says he always wanted to be his own boss, but didn’t get serious about it until one day he realized that he had learned a lot about the landscape business, and “I could do better than most of these guys!” 

He contacted SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business, and drew Dave Hanson as his mentor.  According to Andrew, Dave was “always probing, always questioning, always insisting on planning ahead, and genuinely interested in me.”  That relationship is ongoing, and the two of them have no lack of things to talk about.

Why is Andrew successful?  Sure, he has experienced lots of bumps along the way; but he has also discovered a few things that have helped.  He learned that he cannot say “yes” to every prospective customer, and instead concentrates on select geographical areas.  He learned that it pays to have extra equipment, so that when a snow plow breaks down he doesn’t leave a customer stranded.  He learned that treating employees right – “they are our family” – they stay with him and are the true “face” of his business. 

Andrew Nycz has learned that honesty, high quality, fair value and customer service are not abstract theories, but are at the root of successful businesses. And he has learned how to go home happy every day, knowing that The American Dream is working for him, and his customers, and his employees.

 SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business - is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and may be reached at 419.259.7598 and www.nwoscore.org

Kenneth Farris

Kenneth Farris

Current City: Lakeland, FL

25 years with Hewlett-Packard Co.  Responsibilities for sales and sales management as a national account manager for hardware, software, services and infrastructure support / outsourcing.  Dallas, TX & Tampa FL

2 years with an HP reseller in a startup office in Tampa Florida

2 years with Grainger as a sales manager representing thousands of industrial products as part of a new corporate program in central Florida.

2 years self employed consulting in the IT infrastructure marketplace for a local central Florida business.

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Education

<p> BS Degree</p>

James Toth

James Toth

Current City: Ada, MI

Organization experience ranging from line staff to senior management positions, with 3 years as an  independent consultant in Project Management; 35 Years in information technology; 20 years project management experience; Areas of Industry experience: Communications equipment; Computer/data processing; Computer office equipment; Banking; construction; Security (information). Areas of Counseling Skills: Project Management; General Management; Communications; Business info systems; Computer info systems & Business plans/strategies.

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Jorge DeLeon

Jorge DeLeon

Current City: Hialeah, FL
Chapter: Miami Dade

Several years as a International Marketing Consultant. Expert in effectiveness analysis and implementation. 

Resume

Education

Master’s Degree in Business Administration 2009

University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

Made research work on Harley Davidson IT strategy, Carnival Cruise lines expansion policy, Coca Cola Global Marketing, and Pollo Campero expansion in China among other academic work.

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Sports Administration 2007

Saint Thomas University, Miami, Florida

Murray Kleimon

Murray Kleimon

Current City: Naples, FL
Chapter: SCORE Naples

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Art Ferber

Art Ferber

Current City: Carlsbad, CA

Art’s business career focused on engineering, safety, risk management, and training in petrochemical products operations for Exxon, Allied Chemical, and Union Texas (became ARCO, then BP) in New Jersey and Houston.  His areas of operational experience ranged from project management, strategic and business planning, petrochemical manufacturing, transportation, and storage. Art was the national chairman of the American Petroleum Institute’s Training and Development Committee, earning their highest recognition award for service to the petroleum industry. After an early retirement from industry, he reinvented himself as a creator of unique three-dimensional wall sculptures, a small business he operates out of his home (www.artferber.com). His photographs have won several awards and he enjoys teaching Photoshop to individuals.

He served on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. He is a Dale Carnegie Instructor and has been teaching their Leadership Training for Managers seminar for over 25 years. Art has concluded that the core of good leadership and management hasn’t changed over the years.  He believes that coaching and mentoring is the art of assisting self-discovery.

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Education

B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn N.Y.

M.S., Engineering Management, N.J. Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.

Morris Sneor

Morris Sneor

Morris Sneor

Current City: Highland Park, IL
Chapter: Chicago SCORE

Innovative marketing executive with agency and brand building experience known for blending empathy with creative intuition and critical thinking for solid results. Thought leader that excels in divergent ideation, and converting abstract concepts into concrete programs, products, and services. Highly regarded as an individual contributor and team collaborator who designs and develops new business initiatives that generate revenues, accelerates sales and increases profitability.

 

 

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Education

<p> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,&nbsp;<span>Master of Science (M.S.), Communications / Advertising.</span></p> <p> Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL,&nbsp;<span>Bachelor&#39;s Degree (B.A.), Corporate Communications, Psychology.&nbsp;</span></p> <p> <span>DePaul University, Chicago, IL - Practical Internet Marketing, </span>Certificate Program.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p> HubSpot<span> Academy, Inbound Marketing </span>Certificate.</p> <p> <span>Dale Carnegie-Sales </span>Certificate.</p> <p> Kepner-Tregoe<span> - Problem Solving Decision Making.</span></p>

Peter F Loveland

Business-to-Business Sales, Marketing & General Managment with Capital Equipment

Peter F Loveland

Current City: Bridgman, MI

Sales, Marketing and General Management experience with capital equipment and industrial products.

Experienced in direct, Key Account, distributor and agency sales activities to Fortune 500 food processors and consumer products companies.

Organizational leadership skills include team building; recruiting & staffing; strategic planning; new product planning; and business development

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Education

B.A. in Business and Economics from Nasson College in Springvale Maine.

Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan

Current City: Murrysville, PA
Chapter: Pittsburgh SCORE

I joined Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. in 1998 as the Sales Manager for gas circuit breaker products for both domestic and international utilities. During my tenure as the sales manager, MEPPI became and continued to maintain profitability.  I transitioned, in 2007, to the Contracts Manager role with contract review responsibility for both the Power Systems Group and the Public Utilities Group.

Prior to MEPPi, I was employed by Westinghouse Electric Corporation for twenty-six years. During this period, I had various assignments starting as a nuclear engineering technician for the Nuclear Fuel Division and ended his career at Westinghouse Electric as a principal engineer in the marketing department for the sale of nuclear fuel, nuclear services and the licensing of nuclear technology for both for the domestic and international utility markets. 

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Education

BSME from the University of Pittsburgh

          After working for a large accounting firm for many years, I’ve decided to go out on my
own and specialize in helping small businesses with their accounting and financial needs.
          Initially, it will be just me, and to keep expenses down and be able to better manage my young
son, I’m thinking about operating out of my home. What are the pros and cons?

          For productivity, convenience, and downright comfort, nothing beats a home-based business. Here, most every day is “casual day,” and the only obstacle on your commute is dodging the cat or dog on your way upstairs.

About the Author

         This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit
merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

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