Pittsburgh, PA – Feb.6, 2012 – The reach of the LandOpt Contractor Network has extended into the Florida panhandle, with Panama City-based Green Earth Landscape Services becoming the newest Powered by LandOpt Contractor.
With a goal of achieving their next growth milestone, Green Earth owners Shawn Knight and Jeremy Durgan chose to join the LandOpt Network in part because of the multi-faceted business coaching and employee development and training programs offered by LandOpt.  As a company, we have enjoyed steady growth and great success.  Jeremy and I realized, however, that the additional business structure and support that LandOpt brings will elevate us to the next level,” noted Knight.
A full-service professional landscape design, maintenance, and consultation firm, Green Earth Landscape Services provides property solutions for both residential and commercial customers in the greater Panama City Beach area, as well as Walton, Bay and Gulf Counties.  Durgan and Knight admit that the growth and development of their team members is a key factor in their growth plans.  “Certainly we’d like to double our growth over the next few years,” said Knight.  “To do so, we need to grow and develop our team so that, as owners, we can focus on working on our business and not in it.  LandOpt’s role definitions, coaching and training programs will provide a clear vision for everyone of their career path.”
Green Earth becomes the fifth landscape contractor to join the LandOpt Network in the past six months, bringing the current Network total to 19.  According to LandOpt President & CEO Tim Smith, the steady growth of the Network is an indicator of the ongoing industry quest for more formal business practices that provide both predictability and confidence for business owners.  “Many have learned hard lessons after the economic challenges of the past few years,” he noted.  “Landscape contractors are seeking the structure that a balanced business portfolio, strong strategic and financial plans, and ongoing employee training and development programs can bring.”