After working for a landscaping company as the sales manager, I decided it was time for me to move on from being a pawn in a company. I wanted to make my mark on the world and offer clients and customers an honest day’s work. I wanted to get away from sitting at a desk all day and making calls. I wanted to be in the thick of it and make suggestions and decisions for clients while also helping bring their landscaping design to life in the Fort Lauderdale area.
I decided to create my own company and I hired some of my former coworkers who wanted a change as well. We brought some our clients with us and we hired several workers who needed jobs from the previous company as well. I created the logo with help from a friend and the team helped come up with the name of the company. Now, it was time to put us on the map. I found Social Agency online and I decided to give them a shot. They were amazing in helping build me a website as well as place me on Google My Business and various other online networks. They also worked on SEO content for the website to make sure we were getting traffic.
My business was picking up past the few clients we had gathered and brought with us. We stretched from working solely in Fort Lauderdale to moving all the way down to Miami for commercial and residential clients. Because the business was doing so well, I decided to enroll for a university degree at Florida International University. I had never had the opportunity to do so because I could never afford it. I worked my way up through the ranks of the landscaping business because my father worked as part of one.
This was finally my opportunity to advance my knowledge of the landscaping design industry by enrolling for the Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design (LAEUD) and dive deeper into my passion for designing landscapes. My team was supportive and they were perfectly capable of handling my part time studies at FIU. I would enroll in courses throughout the year while juggling my work life, school life and personal life. My wife and kids were proud of me and I was proud to show them that even at 42 an education was important. But, more than that I showed them that anyone can achieve success even if it is later in their life. I wanted them to understand that instant gratification is not the answer and that they would have to pay their dues over the years.