Q&A With Eric Drenner

March 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Here at E-Landscape, we’re often asked about the name of the firm. Recently, we decided to sit down with President Eric Drenner to get the inside scoop on the meaning behind the “E”, why we’re called “Specialty Solutions”, and more. Read on for the answers….

Q: How long have you been in business?

A: We are approaching our fourth year in business this season and are fortunate to say that we are still expanding.

Q: So what does the “E” in E-Landscape Specialty Solutions stand for?

A: First and foremost, it stands for environmental. We take a lot of pride in the fact that we make a positive impact on our built environment every day we go to work – not just aesthetically, but fundamentally. We have best management practices that commit us to recycling and buying locally as well. The other side of “E” conveys our commitment to technology. We have made significant investments in the right tools and software to keep us efficient and competitive in the office and the field. Our operating software allows us to start the construction process at the bid level and follow it to completion through submittals, change orders, purchasing and accounting. Whatever your business is, you have to be able to effectively manage and convey information.

Q: And the “Specialty Solutions”?

A: The heart of our business is problem solving. We have built solid relationships on being “the go-to guy” for tasks that other contractors pass on, and our closest clients rely on us for this. Often we go down a path other landscape contractors don’t ,which creates more opportunities. We had a local project in Annapolis recently where we were tapped to handle everything from excavating for the new community center to researching and installing bat houses, neither of which were in our original contract. That being said, we know our limits and have not bitten off more than we can chew.

Q: What are you looking forward to most in 2011?

A: Growing our Landcare Division. We have had steady “organic” growth in this division in the sense that we have relied on strong landscape installations and word of mouth to build our client base, and this strategy has been successful. This year, we have added a division manager to oversee quality control and develop new relationships. Stephen Gissy is a recent graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Landscape Architecture so his design background will add another dimension to this division.

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