We had the good fortune of connecting with Angie Hundley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Angie, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My business partner already had a lawn care business and wanted to purchase a retail nursery and landscape business. Although the landscape business was not very successful, we thought of the current customer base that had been established and how we could incorporate landscaping into that customer base. In addition, having a retail location meant we could drive those existing customers to the business for their landscaping project needs.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I co-own a turf management, landscape and retail plant nursery. We have roughly 45 employees during our busy season (March-December), which is a mix of full-time, seasonal and part-time employees. The professionalism and positive environment is what sets our business apart from others. We have a wonderful mix of personalities within our team leaders, which allows for a fun work environment. Revamping two dinosaur businesses and merging into one successful brand was not easy; however, has been worth every hurdle along the way. My business partner and I learned early on that if something didn’t go as planned then there was always a way to develop a new plan. It was easier to focus on what we could do than to worry about what didn’t work. It’s not a matter of “why” something doesn’t work, but, “how” are we going to get the outcome we want?

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Being in Kansas with unpredictable weather, the timing of the visit would change the outlook of the trip as with which friend came to visit. If it were during the middle of our warmer climate than a visit to the plaza in downtown Kansas City would be fun as well as walking through the River Market. After getting in a few Crossfit sessions, maybe attending a local sports game, watching a race at the Speedway or an evening dinner at Top Golf would be treat. There are many lakes nearby to rent a boat and go on the water and then maybe soaking up some night life with some dancing (although not sure what is still floating after our nation’s pandemic). My friends and I take turns hosting a game night on the weekends so I’m sure I would be hosting a fun night for sure!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In terms of the business success, I give credit to my business partner and best friend for being adaptable and willing to let another person come in and basically take over all operations and procedures of his existing business. Efficiency was of essence in efforts to incorporate a new business into his established business. It’s not easy for a business leader to let someone come in and make changes to a business that had been working for him throughout the years. I really give him a lot of recognition to be able to step back and allow someone to make changes and trust the direction of those decisions.

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