When he started his landscaping business thirty years ago, Brian Vidinhar, Owner and CEO of Ultimate Innovations, put to use all that his father, a part-time landscaper himself, had taught him since Brian was 10 years old. "My dad taught me the landscaping trade and how to work hard," Brain explains, "so I already had a good grasp of plants and working with them. But I had to learn the ins and out of the business and the management side through making mistakes and hard knocks."
This self-learning approach has paid off. Brian started his landscaping business with one employee and 50 customers, as he handed out flyers to drum up his business. Today, the business employs 150 workers that collectively service 500 customers. It has also become a family affair, with Brian's wife working alongside him in the accounting department, and the eldest of his two daughters showing interest in possibly joining the business.
As recently as five year ago, Ultimate Innovations was a primarily "paper and pencil" operation. A lot of effort went into physically driving around and trying to locate workers or observing someone at a certain location, or trying to hear a phone ring over equipment noise in order to reach crews regarding job updates. That's not the case anymore as the company decided to think out of the box and innovate with technology as their ally.