Jeffrey Scott names 2017 Mighty Oak winners

The landscape industry consultant named six landscape contractors as winners of the award.

January 8, 2018
Edited by Megan Smalley

Six lawn and landscape companies across the United States received Jeffrey Scott’s 2017 Mighty Oak award, based on their performance as a business leader and outstanding achievements made by their landscape companies.

These awards were announced at Jeffrey Scott’s recent Leader’s Edge peer group meetings held across the U.S. and Canada. Criteria for winning this award are serving as a positive example to others in the profession; working with the highest levels of integrity, ethics and accountability; achieving significant growth benchmarks; contributing to the advancement of the landscape industry; and engaging in continual personal and professional development.

Honorees are chosen from the international participants in the Leader’s Edge peer groups for landscape business owners run by Jeffrey Scott. The following are the 2017 winners:

Seth Kehne and his firm The Lawn Butler in Knoxville, Tennessee. “Our success is owed to the high quality of our team. We work really hard at having the right people on our team. We treat them well and focus on their personal development,” Kehne said.

Loriena Harrington and her firm Beautiful Blooms Landscape & Design in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. “I learned at a young age that success comes after dedication, and is easiest to find when you are passionate about why you are doing something. For me, I know I have been successful when the progress toward a large goal has been achieved. Success is not always instant, and it is not always obvious,” Harrington said.

Douglas McIntosh and his firm McIntosh Grounds Maintenance in Milan, Michigan. Doug’s motto is to “treat others the way you want to be treated, work hard, be nice, chase excellence and everything else will follow.” His non-negotiables are integrity and self-control.

Bob Drost and his firm Drost Landscape in Petoskey, Michigan. “We made a corporate decision to bring on Jeffrey Scott about four years ago. Jeffrey definitely righted our ship that I felt was heading toward a rocky shore. There was no doubt in my mind that having a general manager for my company to help orchestrate was a necessity. In all our minds, Dale Drier a multiyear veteran was the clear choice. Through Jeffrey’s guidance, Dale has brought this company into a profitable, well-organized Destination Company,” Drost said.

Sean Baxter and his firm Lawn & Landscape Solutions in Olathe, Kansas. “I think success happens when you are doing what you love, and you find a way to share your passion with others in a way that lifts them up. In a growing company, this could be through training and promoting our staff, this could be in the ability to give back to our community through raising profits and this could be in creating a product that brings satisfaction and deep enjoyment to our clients. I have been fortunate to help build a system that participates in doing all three and that is success in my eyes,” Baxter said.

Chris Cotoia and his firm Executive Landscaping in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Chris strives for happiness and success, in that order. “Success is sweet, happiness is sweeter,” Cotoia said.