Q&A with Mark Maslow, NALP’s 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Danielle Pesta—May 15, 2017

Are you thinking about striking out on your own? Becoming an entrepreneur? A landscape business owner? Sometimes starting a company and doing it successfully can be intimidating and difficult. Mark Maslow of Southern Landscape Group, Inc. in Evington, Virginia, was awarded the National Association of Landscape Professionals Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017. Here’s some insight into his successes and journey to being a business owner.

TURF: How did you hire your first employee?
I was in high school at the time and was talking to a good friend of mine. I said to him, “Hey, you need some work this summer?” and he responded, “Sure.” I said, “Great, you’re hired!” That was in 1998.

What do you look for in a potential hire?
First impressions are huge for me. When someone applies, or comes into my office, I audit their appearance and personal hygiene. I ask myself the question, “Would I be comfortable with this person working at my home?” From there, it is all about attitude. Do they want to learn? Are they good listeners or do they just talk over me the entire time? What are their hobbies outside of work? What are their personal core values? We can teach the skills they need to perform their specific trade; that is never a concern. The concern is always, do they want to be here and if so, how bad?

Read the full article here in Turf Magazine.



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