2015 Kicks Off With One Word:
Change is constant, yet much of the time we manage to wade through it with very little thought.
In fact, change is vital for growth -- both on a personal and professional level.
Personally, we experience some of life's greatest gifts through change. We raise families, move to new communities, to new jobs or careers.
We're barely into the New Year, and already Harvest has experienced a wealth of change -- good and bad -- that is ultimately preparing us for a successful year in 2015.
The departure of some longtime employees has opened doors to us bringing in three highly qualified professionals to help better serve our existing clients and expand into new regions.
We welcome Don Saunders, Ryan Thomas and Ryan Irish to the Harvest family.
We are excited at the potential that lies ahead for our Inland Empire division.
We recently opened a new facility in Ontario to better serve our growing clientele.
At 15 acres, it provides enough space for a nursery, mulching operation and equipment storage.
The New Year has also brought with it new legislation. In compliance with the new Health Care Reform laws, we are now offering all our employees.
With so many employees raising families, it's a change many have embraced.
Looking ahead, we expect to continue to see change as we expand our reach beyond Orange County into the outlying areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties
We expect to continue to build efficiencies into our business model. With expanded resources, our ability to serve our clients will grow as the company grows.
Change is good.
But there are some things that will never change here at Harvest.
Service will always remain the top priority of our company. So will education. It's important to remain current on new trends and discoveries in landscaping to meet the changes that not only hit our industry, but society as a whole.
Our clients will remain the top priority here at Harvest. That will never change.
Steven Schinhofen is President and CEO of Harvest Landscape Enterprises, Inc.
Harvest Celebrates 1 Million Sq. Ft. in Turf Reduction
Our efforts to reduce water use through sustainable landscaping practices is ongoing, but this month we took a little time to celebrate
a significant milestone for our company: more than 1 million square feet of turf reduction completed!
|Many of Harvest's landscape renovation projects have been featured in the media for their water- and cost-savings to clients.|
This is a huge achievement that has saved our clients both water and money and dramatically enhanced the beauty of their landscape.
The average turf lawn requires 4 to 5 gallons of water per square foot, compared to 1 to 1.5 gallons for the same area planted with California friendly plants, according to the Metropolitan Water District, which is now offering rebates of $2 per square feet for turf removal.
Having completed more than 1 million square feet, of turf removal, Harvest is one of the region's leading experts on beautiful, drought-tolerant landscape renovation.
Click here for information on our SmartScape program, or call us at 714-693-8100 to see whether a turf reduction project is right for you.
Inland Empire Division Grows with New Additions
Harvest has expanded into the Inland Empire with new clients, a new nursery and new hire to oversee the company's growing list of accounts in that region.
Don Saunders, a longtime professional, has worked in landscaping most of his life. It all began as a teenager when he went from dishwasher to one of the managers of the landscape department at Knott's Berry Farm -- a role he held while studying ornamental horticulture and landscaping at Cal Poly Pomona.
With plenty more landscaping experience behind him, Don was hired by Harvest late last year to oversee and grow the company's Inland Empire region, which encompasses a region spreading from Corona north to Rancho Cucamonga, and from Pomona east all the way to San Bernardino. The company's new 15-acre nursery in Chino provides a work base for the new region, with the ability to store plants and materials, and to turn clippings into mulch.
"I'm really looking forward to expanding the company's reach with a diverse portfolio of clients," said Don. "There's tremendous potential out here for a company of our caliber."
Don and his wife, Laura, have two grown daughters, one of whom has completed college and the other is enrolled at Cal Poly Pomona.
In his free time, he likes to hike the eastern Sierras and go fishing in Mexico. He's also a huge USC football fan, attending as many of their games as he can. Click here to reach Don for more information about services available in his region.
Special Offer, Rebate Available on Smart Controllers
This is a smart time to consider a landscape renovation. Our clients can now receive free installation on smart controllers from Harvest and a $35 per-station rebate. Weather Based "Smart" Irrigation Controllers adjust irrigation times based on changes in the weather. And, with mandatory fines now in place for overwatering, these controllers not only prevent overwatering, they avoid potential penalties for doing so. Contact us today for an inspection and consultation on installing smart controllers for your irrigation system.
Harvest Hires South County Regional Manager
Harvest is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Thomas as regional manager for the company's South County accounts. Ryan has years of experience in the landscape industry managing accounts and supervising teams. In his new role at Harvest, he oversees more than 75 employees and their supervisors, and manages a growing number of accounts, many of which represent some of the most high-end communities in the region.
"Harvest is in a position for growth right now, especially in Orange County," Ryan explained. "The people in this marketplace are financially resourceful and environmentally conscious with an eye toward water conservation and sustainability for the future."
Ryan is a certified arborist and has earned his Qualified Applicator License in pest control.
As a single dad, he lives in Costa Mesa with his three children, ages 8, 6 and 4. In his free time, he enjoys travel and fishing, particularly in Mexico.
A seventh-generation native Californian, he grew up in Corona del Mar, in a house built by his grandparents. Contact Ryan for details on the South County region.
New Account Manager Joins South County Team
Ryan Irish believes in the value of education. As one of the newest members of the Harvest team, he works hard to earn the certifications he needs to get the job done right. A certified irrigation auditor and Realtor, he is also a member of the Society of Arboriculture -- anticipating to become a certified arborist soon with QAL certification too.
"You can say you know something," Ryan said, "but those certifications prove it."
Ryan has been involved in landscaping for much of his life, but worked for a few years as a Realtor before the housing market took a plunge during the Great Recession.
"A lot of things change," he said. "But landscaping is constant. People will always need their grass cut."
Ryan likes the people part of his work: building relationships with clients and thinking fast when a situation arises.
"I love landscaping," he said. "But the clients are what make the work fun."
Ryan speaks English, Spanish and a little Korean -- a language he learned from his wife of three years, Jemi.
The two met while Jemi was on vacation in the U.S. It was love at first sight. A trip destined to last just a few months ended up changing her life forever when the two fell in love and got married three years ago. Today, they have a 9-month-old son named Kelly, and live in San Clemente.