The Harvest Group is sitting down with the PROs from the industry to find out the secrets to their success! Tune in to learn more from these professionals here!

Landscape companies come in all sizes, but one thing many have in common is an entrepreneurial leader. Leaders whose passion and creativity drive them to be successful. Their stories will inspire you, and their perspective will motivate you.

Wonder how you can gain access to these incredible leaders?

In our new leadership series, The Harvesters will bring you virtual, in-depth and conversational “sit downs” with business leaders from the landscape industry and other service industries.

Our first sit-down will be June 22 at 1 p.m. EDT. Harvester Ed Laflamme will sit down with industry veteran Kurt Kluznik, owner of Yardmaster, a full-service landscape company based in Painesville, Ohio.  Yardmaster also has branch offices in Columbus, Ohio; Erie, Penn., and Detroit, Mich.

Kurt has a track record of consistent, diverse business growth, as well as giving back to the industry through association leadership and community volunteerism.

Yardmaster was founded in 1971 and today has more than 250 employees including landscape architects (both registered and graduate) as well as certified and licensed landscape construction and maintenance technicians. The company offers design/build commercial and residential projects and landscape maintenance, including snow and ice management services.

Kurt is a registered landscape architect, a Charter Certified Landscape Professional (CCLP) and a nationally recognized leader in industry organizations such as ALCA (now NALP).

You’re going to enjoy hearing about…

  • Kurt’s leadership style and why it works
  • What it takes to grow a successful company
  • What the future holds for the landscape industry
  • The effect the pandemic is having on his business
  • Mistakes to avoid in business
  • Some of Kurt’s personal philosophies
  • What he would do differently if he started again
  • Advice for both new owners and veteran contractors
Grab a coffee or lunch and listen in. If you can’t make the start time, just register and receive a recording of the entire program the next day. This is a free webinar offered by The Harvest Group.

Kurt Kluznik, President, founded Yardmaster in 1971 as sole proprietor and is partner and Vice President of Little Mountain Homes, a home building and property development firm.

Kurt earned the national Charter Certified Landscape Professional (CCLP) designation in 1992 with the highest exam score. A registered Landscape Architect in Ohio, Kurt also holds a pesticide license. In 1992, Kurt was nominated to a leadership role with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and has served as the chairman of the Education Committee, Chairman of the Certification Board of Governors, Chairman of the Exterior Landscape Division Board and Secretary-Treasurer and currently co-chairs the Crystal Ball Committee. As president of ALCA in 2004, Kurt was instrumental in the merger of ALCA and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) leading to the founding of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).

Ed Laflamme LIC

started his own business from scratch, built it up, sold it and then wrote a book about how he did it. So, he’s been there. He understands your frustrations, worries and concerns. Some of you may want to buy companies, while others may want to sell the one you own. You need expert assessment and guidance before you can move forward. Ed has experience in this area. He is recognized as a CLP: Certified Landscape Professional. Read Ed's full bio.