For Phil Mastroianni Jr., owning his own business for nearly 40 years has meant long hours, hard work and few extended vacations. However, he wouldn’t trade it for anything – he truly loves the industry and working outdoors with customers.
“Whether you’re planting or building walls, if your heart’s into it, it’s a great business,” he says.
Nonetheless, the second generation business owner freely admits that finding work-life balance is often a struggle – especially for someone who arrives at work each day promptly at 4:30 a.m. and doesn’t leave until 6 or 7 p.m. His demanding schedule also has him working six days a week, with Sunday his only day off.
“To be honest with you, I have a very supportive wife and we’ve been married for 30 years,” says Mastroianni Jr. “She raised three wonderful children and did a great job. That makes it a lot easier, knowing that I’ve always had her support.”
Part of the reason Mastroianni has become so successful is because he is fiercely dedicated to his work and customers and also well-regarded by his employees.
“My father has always done a good job of getting to the office early to get things set up, then working with the guys side by side,” says Phil R. Mastroianni, his son and an estimator in the family business. “The crew respects him greatly.”
Mastroianni does occasionally take time off during the winter and for long weekend summer vacations. When business is a bit slower during the winter months, he also enjoys traveling to Maine with a group of other landscapers to go snowmobiling.
“We have a good time,” he says with a laugh. “It kind of works out well, because we’re all in the same business and we all plow snow. Usually, after a snowstorm and everything’s been completed and cleaned up, we’ll go up there for 3-4 days.”
This story is one of three that appeared in Lawn & Landscape's Growing Green e-newsletter. To continue reading about Phil Mastrioanni Corp.'s success:
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