Taking The Lead

Features - Cover Story - 2018 Leadership Awards

Some of this year’s Top 100 companies share how they practice leadership.

September 18, 2018

In the spirit of the Leadership Awards, we wanted to share more about the Top 100 companies on this year’s list. So, we reached out to a number of the companies to share how they practice leadership in their companies, in the industry and within the communities they call home.

Here are some of the responses we have the privilege to share. If you would like to share how you practice leadership in your company, feel free to reach out to me at mzawacki@gie.net. We may share them with the snow and ice community in a future issue of Snow Magazine.

Winter Revenue
Company NameCity / TownState / Province
1NA/DNSBrightviewPlymouth MeetingPA
2$87,000,000Ferrandino & Son Inc.FarmingdaleNY
3$51,000,000Divisions Maintenance GroupNewportKY
4$40,390,000Case Snow ManagementNorth AttleboroMA
6$37,500,000Clintar Commercial Outdoor ServicesMarkhamON
7$19,150,000Snow and Ice Management Co.PittsburghPA
8$18,792,500The Grounds GuysWacoTX
9$14,360,000CSL Group Ltd.AncasterON
10$13,412,500Acres GroupWaucondaIL
11$13,250,000U.S. Lawns Inc.OrlandoFL
12$12,000,000Canete SnowWayneNJ
13$11,500,000Arctic Snow and Ice ControlFrankfortIL
14$10,885,000Ruppert LandscapeLaytonsvilleMD
15$10,360,000DMC Commercial Snow ManagementMontgomeryvillePA
16$9,700,000Greenscape Inc.RaynhamMA
17$9,364,853East End GroupYaphankNY
18$8,545,400Cutting Edge Property Mainteance Inc.PlymouthMN
19$8,300,000United LawnscapeWashington TownshipMI
20$8,100,000LEI Corp.BoylstonMA
21$8,000,000Landscape Concepts ManagementGrayslakeIL
22$7,636,000Troy Clogg Landscape AssociatesWixomMI
23$7,525,000Beary Landscaping Inc.LockportIL
24$7,025,000Mainscape Inc.FishersIN
25$6,736,109TruGreen Cos.MemphisTN
26$6,715,302Sauers Snow and Ice ManagementWarminsterPA
27$6,100,000Invictus Professional Snow Fighters Ltd.Port CoquitlamBC
28$5,965,970Xtreme Snow ProsMahwahNJ
29$5,670,000Environmental Management Services Inc.DublinOH
30$5,569,618Einstein's Inc.FitchburgMA
31$5,548,963C. Caramanico & Sons Inc.UplandPA
32$5,520,021Perficut Site ManagementDes MoinesIA
33$5,500,000Curbside Landscape & IrrigationSavageMN
34$5,170,000Riverside ServicesSouthboroughMA
35$5,071,000BrilarOak ParkMI
36$4,924,628David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.GermantownWI
37$4,884,027All State Landscape ServicesNew BritainCT
38$4,700,000Langton GroupWoodstockIL
39$4,687,000Donovan Property Service Inc.New YorkNY
40$4,549,608Schill LandscapingNorth RidgevilleOH
41$4,166,144JEFFCO Inc.AnchorageAK
42$4,150,000The Greener Side Inc.TaylorMI
43$4,000,000Diaz GroupChicagoIL
44$3,978,381Lawn ButlerCentervilleUT
45$3,956,563Turf Technologies Inc.UxbridgeMA
46$3,950,000Gleason Johndrow Landscaping Inc.SpringfieldMA
47$3,920,000Christy Webber LandscapesChicagoIL
48$3,900,000About Time SnowHuntingdon ValleyPA
49$3,877,083M. Neves Inc.DartmouthMA
50$3,816,484W. L. French Excavating Corp.North BillericaMA
51$3,796,998Oberson's Nursery and Landscapes Inc.FairfieldOH
52$3,694,000JDK Services Inc.West DundeeIL
53$3,650,000Russ Fragala Landscape Corp.NesconsetNY
54$3,586,980True North OudoorKansas CityKS
55$3,520,700Eastern Land ManagementStamfordCT
56$3,400,000Regional Snow ServicesSchaumburgIL
57$3,305,000Level Green LandscapeWashingtonDC
58$3,249,550CAM ServicesDenverCO
59$3,200,000G. Greene ConstructionBostonMA
61$2,918,144Kujawa Enterprises Inc. (KEI)Oak CreekWI
62$2,855,300Metco LandscapeAurora, Colo.CO
63$2,806,760James River Grounds ManagementGlen Allen, Va.VA
64$2,782,000Clarence Davids & Co.MattesonIL
65$2,741,434McFall & Berry Landscape ManagementAnnandale, Va.VA
66$2,555,000One Grounds ManagementCaldwellID
67$2,550,000Shearon DesignPlymouth MeetingPA
68$2,500,000Hantho Outdoor ServicesRockford, MNMN
68$2,500,000Kline Bros LandscapingShip Bottom, N.J.NJ
68$2,500,000SNO ServicesMechanicsburgPA
71$2,250,000Yardmaster Inc.PainesvilleOH
72$2,200,000JPL Cares Inc.LittletonCO
73$2,162,036Mueskes Landscape and Snow ManagementNorth AndoverMA
74$2,160,000CoCal LandscapeDenverCO
75$2,110,500North Point OutdoorsDerryNH
76$2,083,821Al's Complete Lawn CareLexingtonKY
77$2,060,000The Bruce Company of Wisconsin Inc.MiddletonWI
78$2,017,334RP Marzilli & Co.MedwayMA
79$1,944,354O'Leary Asphalt Inc.IjamsvilleMD
80$1,900,000Ground ControlTaylorMI
80$1,900,000Mr. Winter ServicesLeslieMI
82$1,865,653MSNW (Management Services North West)FerndaleWA
83$1,858,463Teddy’s Lawn & LandscapeLivoniaMI
84$1,813,660MMC Land ManagementGibsoniaPA
85$1,750,000Four Seasons Snow and Ice ManagementRoselle ParkNJ
86$1,700,000Alliance LandscapingAuburnNH
87$1,689,000KCG ManagementSchaumburgIL
88$1,600,000Pioneer Landscapes Inc.EasthamptonMA
88$1,600,000Precision Landscaping & Construction Inc.HastingsMN
90$1,560,000Pleasant Valley Landscapes Inc.AldieVA
91$1,450,000Senske ServicesKennewickWA
92$1,441,000Terracare AssociatesLittletonCO
93$1,420,000Perrone Landscaping Inc.HoldenMA
94$1,400,000Mountain West LandscapesFort CollinsCO
95$1,395,217Doug Gross Construction Inc.Painted PostNY
96$1,350,500Elf's Landscaping Inc.RochesterNH
97$1,276,190Garden Grove Landscaping Inc.WaterdownON
98$1,180,000William T. Harrison EnterprisesWashington GroveMD
99$1,148,250Ground Care LandscapingNorth AndoverMA
100$1,100,000Trace Lawn & LandscapingMeadvillePA

#4 Case Snow Management

At Case Snow Management, giving back starts at the top with CEO Jason Case and his wife, Amy, who have committed their support to Give Kids The World, a nonprofit devoted to giving children with critical illnesses and their families experiences of a lifetime.

As a company, Case supports charities both big and small, like the CVS Health Charity Classic, which has donated more than $21 million to programs serving children and families. Case also supports employee-led fundraisers, like that of one Case operations manager who raised funds for Children's Hospital Boston, where his own son has been treated for a congenital heart defect.

Likewise, many Case employees are committed to giving back to the small New England community the company calls home, from decade-long service to local youth sports, to founding a support group for people who've experienced loss, the volunteerism demonstrates Case employees' commitment to their community.

#11 U.S. Lawns

Part of U.S. Lawns brand DNA for its 250+ independently owned businesses is the statement ‘Improve Communities and Improve Lives’. Each year at the annual conference, U.S. Lawns recognize those who have given back to their communities through charitable works, as well as those who have gone out of their way to help other franchisees. And for the last three years, U.S. Lawns has hosted a charitable event the day prior to its conference. This year the team sorted food for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

#13 Arctic Snow and Ice Control

Chicago-based Arctic Snow and Ice control has several employees involved in various community and charitable activities. The company is active with The Les Turner ALS Foundation where it serves as a team leader, working with volunteers and in fundraising. In addition, the company is an active with the local Wounded Warriors functions, and a number of employees are involved with that Knights of Columbus, which supports a variety of Chicago charities.

#22 Troy Clogg Landscape Associates

The team at Troy Clogg Landscape Associates places great importance on giving back to the community and industry, and their respective residents and members, that has contributed to its success. In addition to TCLA's focus on continuing education, industry outreach and community support, two programs stand out.

Many of you are aware of TCLA's Hot Pink Deicer program, but did you know that since the program's inception in December 2010, the Hot Pink Deicer program provided gifts to 17 local families affected by Breast Cancer to help deal with the disease's financial toll.

And within Detroit's Pingree Park neighborhood, TCLA assisted residents working to revitalize the area with project management, material, labor and equipment to help return this gem back into a safe, clean, family-friendly and beautiful park.

#26 Sauers Snow and Ice Management

A family business of three siblings, the entire team at Sauers Snow and Ice Management puts together an annual American Cancer Society fundraiser. This year’s event -- a car show -- raised more than $32,000. In addition, the company donates time and resources to a number of causes throughout the year that are important to its employees, such as adopting a family at Christmas.

#27 Invictus Professional Snow Fighters Ltd.

Invictus employees grow on average 3,000 servings of organic vegetables and then donates them to the local food bank through a non-profit group called Abundant Providers. In addition, Invictus fosters a strong commitment to coaching, and each of its executives is in a volunteer coaching program to work with young entrepreneurs on a monthly basis.

#40 Schill Grounds Management

Schill Grounds Management prides itself as active environmental stewards in both snow and landscaping, supporting the industry's "GreenCare for Troops" program, as well as mentoring several snow removal and landscaping companies across the country.

This year, though, Schill Grounds Management celebrated its 25th anniversary by donating more than 250 volunteer hours to local organizations. Some of those pursuits included donating supplies to various area-wide community gardens; providing landscaping for the Village Project -- an organization that provides meals to families with a loved one being treated for cancer; and making donations in their clients’ names to help the Easterseals.

#42 The Greener Side Inc.

With more than 100 combined years of snow experience, the team at The Greener Side prides itself with maintaining a strong presence in its market. Constantly on the lookout to serve the community it calls home, The Greener Side team, including their family members, have assisted in food gathering for Detroit's Community Assistance Program, they have renovated and donated a school bus for a local church you the group.

#43 Diaz Group

Values drive the Diaz Group, and that starts with maintaining a strong sense of family. Internally, this includes empowering employees to excel knowing their actions will not only improve their lives, but propel the company forward, as well. Externally, the company considers it clients and vendors as part of its extended family, and it maintains a close connection with its community. The company hosts an annual Community BBQ, generates donations to the local school systems, and participates in neighborhood clean-up events.

#53 Russ Fragala Landscape

Russ Fragala Landscape Corp. is present in its community through the sponsorship of the National Cancer Society and local girls’ pee-wee softball league. The company also realizes the importance of stepping up when there is a need that must be met, even if it's not the perfect or a profitable. For example, a recent widow needed era spring clean-up at her home. The Fragala team stepped in to not only provide that clean-up but committed to a full year of maintenance free of charge so the woman could get back on her feet.

#54 True North Outdoor

True North Outdoor is involved in a variety of unique efforts. The company supports the Urban Faming Guys - an organization that creates community gardens and other ways to feed people in the inner city, including a Tilapia farm. In addition, True North supports the Gillis Home -- an urban farm maintained by children and volunteers, as well as a manager who oversees it, that provides children an opportunity to learn agriculture, grow food for their families and the home and learn character lessons through their involvement. This is a home for Kansas City’s true orphans who often have no one there for them. And most recently, the company is getting involved with Collisions In Art where they are converting their office into an art museum to support local artists, blending together business and the arts community. True North do not charge the local artists or curator anything and hold events for networking and other activities where the artists are involved and the art is displayed.

#55 Eastern Land Management

Eastern Land Management has an extensive leadership presence in its community. The company is involved in a number of community and non-profit fundraising efforts, including the Stamford Boys & Girls Club. The company provides labor and materials for spring cleanup and other maintenance needs throughout its community. ELM embraces innovation and operational efficiencies, including training sessions with local BOMA chapters, to mitigate risk and foster client peace of mind.

#61 Kujawa Enterprises Inc. (KEI)

The KEI team actively supports numerous charity auctions and cultural institutions with sponsorship dollars, gift donations and volunteer efforts, and provides in-kind donations to schools and churches. KEI has also provided landscape installation and ongoing maintenance services to multiple churches, schools and veterans memorials, and participates in Project Evergreen's Green Care and Snow Care for Troops programs. This year KEI has a new program called "Trees for Threes" where it will be donating trees based on Marquette University's Men's Basketball team's three-point shots. Go Golden Eagles!

#68 Hantho Outdoor Services

Family owned Hantho Outdoor Services considers its team an extension of its family. Together and with a concentrated focus they commit to whatever it takes to make a difference with its customers, with each other and in the communities they live and work in. As the company continues to grow and evolve, so does its mission to assist and service those less fortunate.

#68 Hantho Outdoor Services

Family owned Hantho Outdoor Services considers its team an extension of its family. Together and with a concentrated focus they commit to whatever it takes to make a difference with its customers, with each other and in the communities they live and work in. As the company continues to grow and evolve, so does its mission to assist and service those less fortunate.

#72 JPL Cares Inc.

JPL Cares understands that impacting customers and community doesn’t happen until they produce healthy and mature leaders throughout the company. It's through this transformation that employees begin to have something to offer others. The motto the JPL Cares team strives for is: "You serve best out of the over flow of a full cup."

Recently, they’ve started the “BringLife” initiative designed around the idea that as business leaders they seek to achieve not just a great bottom line, but a double-bottom line. They use JPL Cares as a living-lab to dispel the myth that you must either be profitable OR do the right thing. To accomplish this, JPL Cares invested in the personal lives of its employees and the community around them by giving them life in a variety of areas. In their community, it means using their talents and resources to do practical projects for those underserved in their community of Littleton, Colo.

#74 CoCal Landscape

CoCal Landscape is involved with a number of local philanthropic endeavors and programs. Most famously, company founder Cuy Medrano In 2011 helped create the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance to support Hispanics working in the industry, including seeing to it that Hispanics attending industry conferences could attend seminars conducted in Spanish.

#76 Al’s Complete Lawncare

Al’s Complete Lawncare invests in the community it lives and works in, and is active with a number of boards, events and organizations, such as serving on the board of the United Way of Franklin County, building a new playground at a local elementary school, or sponsoring various sports teams, small business events, and ministries. The team at Al’ is currently planning to rehab and build a memorial garden for one of the local high schools to honor students and teachers who have passed during their time at the school.

#83 Teddy’s Lawn & Landscape

The leadership team at Teddy's Lawn & Landscape motivates and encourages through passion and purpose. The company believes in second chances and will hire people with felony records, disabilities and ex-employees. They believe this brings unity and diversity to the team and promotes a positive environment both professionally and personally. One of Teddy's core values at is to always do the right thing. Teddy's was called upon to help the Thunder over Michigan air show after a farmer tilled under the site lines for the Blue Angles, Teddy's donated labor and materials and completed the task with only a week’s notice. They had to develop a safe way so nothing would go into the planes’ engines. The entire team came together to lay over 2 miles of erosion blankets and the show was a success. Teddy's is also honored to helps military families that are sacrificing so much for the country through Greencare and Snow Care for Troops.

#88 Precision Landscaping & Construction Inc.

As a component of its team and family atmosphere, Precision Landscaping strongly encourages its employees to participate in their communities, whether as active chamber members, league coaches or association volunteers. Likewise, the company as a whole is very active with the Boy Scouts of America and with various community group projects. Internally, the Precision Landscaping believes strongly in the value of continuing education and reinforces this by hosting educational workshops at it offices in the fall prior to the snow season.

#99 Ground Care Landscaping

The team at Ground Care Landscaping is familiar with philanthropy, donating time and resources to various charities and foundations, but one particular effort hit close to home. They lost a valued member of their team to suicide last year, which had a significant emotional impact on the whole company. To reinforce the sense of family with his grief-stricken team, owner Gregory Cunningham covered all of the employee’s funeral expenses. In addition, this spring, the company organized a successful golf tournament to support suicide prevention efforts and to raise awareness, which they ‘ve committed to make an annual event.