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Here’s to You and Yours …

By |December 18th, 2023|

One of the joys of the Holiday season for the Enterprise Value Specialists at Ceibass is taking the time for reflection and appreciating the growth and development of the lawn & landscape industry.

Take Charge and Accelerate Your Growth.

By |December 13th, 2023|

Take charge and gain an advantage! “It’s a must … join NALP. This is an action step to accelerate your growth and unlock a world of the most powerful moods, distinctions and practices in the lawn and landscape industry,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “You’ll have access to the latest news and trends, expert education, training, and certifications, coaching and mentoring, recognition through national awards and the best resources for growth and professional development. Nothing else compares.” For details read the blog.

Flagging Unforced Errors

By |December 5th, 2023|

Flagging Unforced Errors: Like many people over the Thanksgiving holidays the enterprise value specialists at Ceibass watched a lot of football on television. They were struck by how many teams would self-destruct, or shoot themselves in the foot with penalties, dropped passes or blown coverages. It got them thinking about the common unforced errors owners make when they sell their lawn and landscape businesses. “By being aware of and actively avoiding these pitfalls, sellers can increase their chances of a successful and profitable sale,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “And keep their sanity in the process.” For details read the blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to You

By |November 20th, 2023|

Happy Thanksgiving from Ceibass. "I want to thank the remarkable professionals that we have worked with in the lawn and landscape industry. Being a professional is not a common quality in our society today," remarked Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. "There are many amateurs out there, seeking shortcuts and entitlement, but professionals stand apart. They are the individuals who take their careers seriously. They invest their time and effort in mastering the fundamentals, such as caring for their customers and their employees. Professionals earn their success every single day. They build and strengthen their organizations, investing in people, systems, technology, and top-notch equipment. “On this Thanksgiving, we pause to express our gratitude for the discipline, strategic mindset, and unwavering competitive spirit of the professionals we have worked with. “Here’s to you! We are truly thankful for the privilege of being a part of your journey. Happy Thanksgiving”

A Great Fit

By |November 13th, 2023|

A Great Fit. “Steven Smith Landscape was a good fit for Verde … a strong reputation, deep roots in the community and strong teams. Verde respects the legacy of the founders and are committed to supporting employee growth and superior customer service,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “Steven Smith Landscape will serve as Verde’s North County San Diego service arm.” For more details read the blog.

Have a Delightful and Frightful Halloween

By |October 26th, 2023|

Halloween is upon us … and the enterprise value specialists at Ceibass are taking a good hard look at some of the lawn and landscape things that scare them. “There is a lot to be concerned about … war, political unrest, climate instability, water scarcity, pest and plant disease, labor shortages, tech disruption, market saturation and the cost of money, just to name a few,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “But on a more whimsical note, what about the Gnome Uprising, Zombie Plants and Rogue Sprinklers.” For details read the blog. And have a delightful and frightful Halloween.

Climate Change: Risks, Rewards and New Duties

By |October 10th, 2023|

While climate change undeniably presents the lawn and landscaping industry with challenges, it also offers up new rewards and new duties. “The challenges brought on by changing weather patterns are undeniable, but they also present a myriad of new obligations and opportunities for top companies to make the most of,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “This is a chance to innovate, diversify, and lead in creating sustainable solutions that help customers deal with the perils of climate change.” For details the read the blog.

Does Your 2024 Plan Include Competitive Advantage?

By |October 3rd, 2023|

Does your 2024 plan include Competitive Advantage? “One of the blind spots that we see in planning is the lack of commitment for producing competitive advantages, for creating new and valuable offers for your customers,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “It is too easy to fall into the trap of taking last year’s plans and copying it. New products and services produce differentiation, increase margins and add to enterprise value. Make competitive advantage an intention of your planning.” For details read the blog.

Influence of Private Equity in the Green Industry

By |September 20th, 2023|

The enterprise value specialists at Ceibass have seen firsthand the influx of private equity into the lawn and landscape industry. “Let’s get this straight, private equity firms typically invest in companies with the goal of growing them and selling them for a profit in a few years. They bring a keen, hyper-focused eye for management and profits to the table,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. What does PE bring to the table? What’s the future hold? How can green business owners make their companies more attractive to PE? For details read the blog.

It’s time for a Fall Reset

By |September 7th, 2023|

A fall reset is not just about adapting to a new season but also about leveraging the season's natural themes of change, preparation, and reflection,” said Tom Fochtman, Ceibass CEO. “It’s a strategic pause, ensuring the company remains agile, efficient and client-centric. You are about to enter the 4th quarter so get your team together and finish the year strong with thoughtful planning.” For some resetting ideas read the blog.