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FRUITFUL DAY: One of the ICAN gardeners samples the fruit of her labor, far left; the ICAN youth show off the watermelon they’ve grown in Chandler, middle; and Steve Kovach proudly displays a large melon grown by ICAN youth on his acreage, far right.

ICAN’s garden is located on 10 acres owned by Kovach and his brother, Eric. The field’s tilling, irrigation, seeds and fertilizer – along with expert advice – was donated by Dobson Family Farms, Norm Hamilton and Normark Farms. Kovach meets weekly with around 25 ICAN youth. As they tend their crop, he helps them see a connection between the garden and their lives.

“The kids who were diligent and did their weeding have these huge watermelons, and the kids who didn’t have little scrawny ones, so we’ve had some talks about that. If you spend a little time, get serious about it, you get to produce something quite big in the future.”

It’s a lesson Kovach learned in 1969 when his father, Stephen Kovach III, started their business out of the family’s garage. Today Kovach, Inc. manufactures metal, stone and concrete wall systems for projects

nationally including the new Musical Instrument Museum, Casino Arizona, Scottsdale Fashion Square phase 10, Phoenix Children’s Hospital remodel, Banner Ironwood Medical Center, Chandler’s new City Hall and many more.

Kovach’s brothers, Rick and Eric, both worked for the family business before breaking off in other directions, and Kovach’s son, Stephen V, is currently his partner and the company’s project manager. Kovach admits working with family isn’t always easy, but believes the rewards outweigh the drawbacks. “The challenges a normal family has with parents and siblings – they’re accentuated when you have to get along,” he says. “For 20 years we had to get along, and that process is incredibly bonding.” Still, when Kovach calls his business “a good family organization,” he stresses that he’s not just talking about blood relatives, but the company’s staff of

around 210.

“I’ve got more than 30 employees who’ve been here over 15 years, and about 10 over 20 years – a couple almost 25 years. At least 25 of our core people, if I ask them, they’ll do anything for me, and I’d do anything I can to help them.”

One of those is the corporation’s vice president and Kovach’s other partner, Scott Bourdo, whom Kovach has known since Bourdo was a child.

“He was my neighbor kid who cut my grass,” Kovach says, explaining that, after witnessing Bourdo’s educational achievements and seeing his talent for construction, jumped at the chance to bring his former neighbor on board.

“Although he’s 20 years younger, we’re probably best friends,” Kovach adds. “We do most things together as families.”

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