The former ALCA president has served the company and industry for 50 years.
INDIANAPOLIS – At an annual gathering of senior company leadership, The Brickman Group honored Vice President Bruce Hunt for 50 years of service to the company and to the landscape industry. Hunt, who started with the firm in 1961, as a landscape architect, helped to grow the company and mentored many current industry leaders, both within Brickman and throughout the green industry.
In his early career, Hunt helped to establish Brickman as a design/build leader and also further developed the construction end of the business. He later went on to become Brickman’s General Manager of Design/Build Operations where he worked to develop new processes and lead their Mid-Atlantic region. In the 1990s when many design/build companies, including Brickman, were struggling in the face of a construction slump, Hunt sold and successfully managed the largest design/build project in company history. Entering into the new millennium, Hunt took the lead in helping to develop Brickman’s National Accounts team, successfully leveraging long term relationships and expanding business with Brickman’s largest customer from $2M to $20M annually.
“Over his 50 years here, Bruce Hunt not only contributed to the growth of the company but perhaps more importantly helped to create and continues to articulate the culture that is so integral to our success,” said Chairman Dick Brickman. “Bruce is the embodiment of our culture, founded on trust, honesty, respect and most importantly the Golden Rule. His integrity and his ability to foster lasting relationships are an example to us all.”
Along with significant contributions to Brickman, Hunt also served as president of ALCA (now PLANET) in 1988, and continued to contribute to many industry and community service initiatives including the ALCA Crystal Ball Forum and the designing of a memorial park at ground zero in NYC. Throughout his career Hunt served as a mentor to many up-and-coming professionals in the industry.
“Bruce served as my mentor in my co-op days with Brickman and he has been a role model since,” said Martha Hill, chair of the Landscape Management Department at Hinds Community College. “As an educator today, I pull things from my co-op experiences every day, and I have Bruce Hunt to thank for that. He is considered one of the early visionaries of the industry and his commitment to ALCA, as well as the Illinois landscape industry, has been tireless.”
Many current and former clients contributed their congratulations and well-wishes to the celebration. A strong relationship builder, he was quick to befriend his clients and ensure their satisfaction.
“Bruce’s integrity and honesty are the two characteristics that I admired the most,” said Bill Conopeotis, -president of Huntley, Ill.-based ConopCo Realty & Development. “His sense of humor, his, love for his landscaping, his love for the people that he worked with at Brickman and for his clients is what makes him endearing. He has made me a better person and business leader.”
CEO, Scott Brickman, fondly remembered growing up learning from his father and ‘Uncle Bruce’ as they faced the challenges of growing the company.
“It just amazes me to think that Bruce has been tirelessly committed to the success of this company for longer than many of us, including myself, have been alive,” Brickman said. “The foundation of the success we enjoy today as a company was laid by men like Bruce. He has truly been an inspiration to me in the way he conducts himself every day, and in the way he continues to grow as a person and as a professional in the industry.