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David Bell LifeScapes

My first job in this industry was... when I was 14, mowing the lawn and taking care of the landscape at St. Ann’s Church in Marietta.

The biggest challenge in my career has been...making the transition from being an investment banker to owning a business when my business partner and I purchased LifeScapes in ‘06.

My biggest career success so far has been... navigating the company through some of the most trying times we’ve had in our indus- try: the severe drought in 2008 when Atlantans thought they might run out of water (and no one wanted to plant anything), followed by the hous- ing downturn and economic recession. It’s been the most difficult environment I hope we all ever know but we’re on our way out of this and I look forward to the future!

The thing I like most about my career is... when I meet a client who tells me that their landscape has never looked better and that we did such a great job that they’re recommending us to all of their friends. Tat’s how I know we’re doing things right.

One piece of advice I would give to someone entering the green industry today with as many other people as you can. Tere are lots of companies doing what we do but it’s a tight-knit industry in At- lanta and there are many folks who are willing to spend the time to offer advice and help guide you towards what you’d like to achieve in your career. Every time I meet someone new in the field or at UAC meetings, it’s all about how we can help each other. Take advantage of that.

The one thing most responsible for my success is...I haven’t fully mastered this yet, but you have to focus on the big things. Trust those around you and as a business owner ask, “what are the two or three things I can do today to make an impact on our business?” and then make sure you get them done.

If I could change careers, just for a month, I would...try my hand as a stand-up comedian. Although I told my wife that and she said she didn’t think I’d make it for the full month.

One thing that really annoys me is...getting the call from a crew supervi- sor that a padlocked box truck was broken into and all the small equipment’s gone. We’re easy targets and unfortunately petty theſt is a huge prob- lem for all of us.

David Bell, owner of LifeScapes

Address: 670 Powers Ferry Road Marietta, GA 30067 770.345.6644 678.324.4230

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When I’m not working, I like to...hike in the north Georgia mountains, golf, spend time with my wife, Al- lison, and actually work on our own yard, which badly needs help. Sometimes our neighbors ask, “you’re in the landscaping business, right?”

One thing most people don’t know about me is...I once tried out for one of the early CBS Survivor TV series…needless to say I didn’t get picked.

Pablo Martinez and Arturo Martinez at work at client’s home.

The people who have influenced my career the most are...honestly, the great people at LifeScapes. Teir hard work and drive to make our clients’ homes look great makes me want to work harder each day.



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