Last season was anything but a typical winter. As a result, we received a record number of submissions for this year’s Top 100 list. Here’s a little background on how we collected the Top 100 data.
This year, as early as mid-March, notices went out to last year’s Top 100 companies to begin compiling their total winter revenue and to head to our online form to submit their numbers. At the same time, we broadcast to the rest of the snow community to total and submit their winter revenue figures.
This process remained open until early June. At the conclusion of the submission process, the numbers were tallied and ranked. Once again, we’ve chosen to present the Top 100 in revenue brackets instead of publishing winter revenue figures. This addresses privacy concerns some participants have raised with regard to sharing their actual submitted revenue figure. And for companies reporting identical revenue figures, they shared the higher ranking.
Top 100 companies in attendance were recognized during the Leadership Awards ceremony at August's 2021 Executive Summit.
Bruce Moore Jr. is usually in bed by 10, with hopes of catching the 10 p.m. local news. But after a long, busy day, he usually doesn’t make it through the newscast.
“With having a young family, it is pretty busy from the minute I get home with eating dinner, bath time, and usually watching TV or reading a book with them before they go to bed,” says the president of Eastern Land Management in Stamford, Connecticut. “Once that is all said and done, my wife and I usually take the time to catch up with each other or catch up on work things to get ahead for the next day.” Here’s Moore Jr.’s average day.
When I get up in the morning, I am helping our family get ready for the day. I prepare breakfast, and some days during the week, I drop off my kids for school. My wife is an elementary school teacher so fortunately she has summers off, which allows me to get into the office earlier during the summer months.
I rarely eat breakfast in the morning during the work week. I typically make myself 1-2 cups of coffee in the office in the morning and then wait until the afternoon to eat lunch.
I split my time every week between both of our locations. My commute to our main office is only about 20 minutes and I generally listen to our local radio station. When I am traveling to our other location, which is 45 minutes away, I try to take on an audiobook or listen to news radio.
During the school year, I tend to get in later around 8-8:30 as I have to take our kids to school in the morning. During the summer, I tend to get to the office by 7:30. I am thankful for our teams as our crew dispatch runs smoothly and most crews are out by 6:30-7. I usually check-in with our team to review our financials, review bank transactions from the previous day, review and respond to emails, and prepare for any meetings of the day.
I am a believer of clearing my deck and doing most of my thinking in the morning. It allows me to feel accomplished and at the same time have available time to spend with our team and clients throughout the day. I am working to screen my emails and evaluate what might be urgent to respond to so I am not stuck at my computer.
I usually have 1-2 meetings scheduled a day and they tend to be internal with our team discussing current issues and working on strategy. I try to schedule prep time a day or two before every meeting to prepare an agenda and document any thoughts I would like to discuss. We utilize OneNote so that agenda is shared with each team member, and everyone has the opportunity to update his or her items to discuss.
I do not usually have a set time for lunch. I wish I could say that I come prepared with my lunch every day but unfortunately, I do not invest in the time for it. I just usually run to a local deli and grab a sandwich or salad. I will use the time mostly to go out and visit a jobsite or check in with a crew.
I usually spend my afternoon’s visiting clients, checking on crews or catching up with our management team to see if they need any help or support.
I usually leave in the late afternoon between 4:30-5 p.m. It all depends on my schedule for the week.
I try to get back to anyone at a suitable time and do not like to wait on responding. This makes having a “no cell phone time” tough to do. I would say my greatest accomplishment so far has been the ability to step away on the weekends or come home earlier during the week to spend time with my family participate in their extracurricular activities.
Prior to having a family, I would work a tremendous amount of weekends. Now that we have a family of three young children, I try to hold myself accountable about not going into the office on the weekends any longer.
Depending on where you live, your customer could have a different take on working on their lawn. According to our Grow the Market report, people in the Northeast are most likely to hire a professional for maintenance, while the Northwest batch of consumers like to get their hands dirty.
In the April issue of Lawn & Landscape, we ran the Grow the Market report and have been sharing more data throughout the year. The report focuses on why landscapers and LCOs are hired, fired and gathers information on how homeowners perceive the industry. The results are based on 576 homeowners.
To read the full report, visit bit.ly/2021gtm.
Bobcat L65 compact wheel loader
The pitch: Bobcat’s L65 loader boasts super-sized features in compact size.
- With a heavy lifting capacity and high lift height, the L65 excels at lift-and-carry tasks in crowded work zones and other challenging environments.
- Operators will also appreciate the engine’s reliable cold-weather starting.
- Other features include a large fuel filter to enable better system protection, longer filter life and increased holding capacity.
For more info: Bobcat.com
Cat 910, 914 and 920 Compact Wheel Loaders
The pitch: Caterpillar has added three new models to the lineup with new options and certain features now standard, plus all new models are available in a high-lift configuration.
- Among the design changes is a new engine for all three models; the Cat C3.6 replaces the C4.4, and with the new engine, all models get a horsepower boost.
- Also new for the 910 and 914 is an available rotary-sensor-kickout system with both fork and bucket settings.
- Other new options include a reversing fan, LED working and under-hood lights, fusion coupler for the 914 and USB ports in the cab.
For more info: Cat.com
Kubota’s R540 Wheel Loader
The pitch: The next-generation Kubota R540, which is available in both canopy and cab models, features improved visibility with in-cab panoramic views, enhanced operator comfort and increased performance over the previous generation.
- With a 54-horsepower Tier 4 Final engine, the R540 has an operating weight of 10,285 pounds and delivers a maximum breakout force of 8,183 pounds and 6,767 pounds of lifting capacity.
- Kubota designed the R540 with landscaping, residential and commercial construction applications in mind.
For more info: KubotaUSA.com
Takeuchi TL8R2 Compact Track Loader
The pitch: Featuring a radial-lift loader design, the 74.3-hp Takeuchi TL8R2 compact track loader weighs in at 8,807 pounds, offers a bucket breakout force of 6,204 pounds and has a rated operating capacity of 2,116 pounds.
- The TL8R2’s undercarriage features repositioned travel motors with internally routed drive lines, double- and triple-flange track rollers, as well as a quiet-ride track design.
- Attachment coupling is fast and easy with a mechanical universal quick-attach on canopy models and a hydraulic universal quick-attach on cab models.
- An upgraded operator’s station comes standard with a redesigned overhead door, 5.7-inch multi-informational color display with rearview camera, LED lighting package and high-torque spin turn assist.
For more info: Takeuchi-us.com