My business, Elite Turf and Pest Management, specializes in fertilizer, pest control, lawn care and landscaping—basically anything outdoors. I’ve been working in this industry for ten years and started my company about two and a half years ago.
My greater goal in my business is to give back to the community in any way, shape or form I can. So I use what I know how to do as a way to mentor teens and young adults. By employing them I give them an opportunity to find out who they are and what they want to do. If they want to stay in this business, that’s great. If they want to go to college, then maybe they’ll keep working for me in the summers until they are ready to go out on their own.
I remember what it was like to be a teenager, so I can help teens through this by providing mentoring that molds them.
As a follower of Christ, I want to help meet families’ needs. That’s why I want to volunteer and partner with organizations that are working in the community. For example, my wife is a program director of CAPS in Elkhart and I recently helped dig footings for the new playground equipment they installed.
I learned about the Center for Healing & Hope about ten years when my mother first came as a patient. Now I’m looking forward to being a partner and helping to figure out what I can bring to our work together.
I see my business as a vessel to give back to the community—that’s where my heart is.