We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Wells and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My father owned his own landscape business back in Tallahassee, Florida for over 20 years. I grew up in the landscape industry and did not have a desire to own/ start a company. However, as I graduated college and managed several landscape businesses I realized that I enjoyed it. I looked forward to the challenges and excitement of building a team and a culture!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Piedmont Landscape Management has been around since 1977 and was founded by two fireman that started mowing grass in their off time. My career started working for them in 2015. As the years progressed they asked if I would buy them out and we started working in that direction. Unfortunately, my wife and I were young professionals that did not have much collateral and the banks would not loan us the money. Talk about a depressing month! I love sales and can handle a NO; however, when you want something and are constantly turned down it hurts your soul and passion for the business you are working in. Shortly after, a new investor came in and purchased the company. The day they closed he took my wife and I to lunch and said in three years this business will be yours are you ready? I was energized and knew this was God’s way of working things out. In January of 2019 we bought the business and have not looked back. I think the things that set me apart are my drive and determination to achieve my dreams. I want to ensure other employees achieve their dreams. We want to make sure people achieve upward growth throughout their career. I think so many times people think anyone can do landscaping and all we do is mow, blow and go. That is the exact opposite at Piedmont Landscape Management and this is why I have been so engaged since my first day on the job. We pride ourselves on three things: 1. Manage not Maintain- We provide a universal approach to ensure everything is taken care of from the walls out, irrigation, landscape, installation, drainage, maintenance and so much more. 2. Piedmont Promise- Every customer gets a dedicated relationship manager who ensures that your expectations are exceeded. From planning to maintaining, we provide quality, honest services and solutions that transform the way our customers – and yours – look at landscaping. 3. Set the Standard- We are not the company that shows up when we want to or different crews throughout the year. You know Piedmont is on site because there is always a familiar face and the job is done correctly every time. When you start working for a great company it starts to feel like home!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you were to come to Augusta you would have to start with a few days at Clarks Hill Lake. I would go glamping or rent a house on the water and explore the lake. It is a great place to fish and enjoy the outdoors. You then have to go to Aiken and explore the downtown area. In the afternoon be a spectator at a polo match or steeplechase. You then return to Downtown Augusta to enjoy dining at one our great restaurants, especially Frog Hollow. After which you go to one of the many roof top bars in the downtown area- Edgars above Broad or Hyatt Hotel If it is baseball season you have to go across the river to see the minor baseball game over looking the river and downtown Augusta. There is so much to do there including dinging, shopping and walking. The Augusta Riverwalk and North Augusta Greenway is a great way to burn off those calories!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I cannot forget about my parents they are a great leaders and examples for myself. I will say on a professional level Tim Lake, President of T Lake Environmental Design, really pushed me to learn and strive for more. I started working for Tim directly out of college in Macon, Georgia. Within a few months the Branch Manager quit and he offered me the job. Of course I said yes, but at that moment Tim started sending me to classes, giving me books to read, becoming a Rotarian, attending peer groups and so much more. At the time I was very honored however it was not until we moved to Augusta that I started to tap into the information that he had shared with me. When we moved to Augusta, I took a job as a branch manager for a much larger operation and immediately started to gain ground by solving issues, implementing processes and guiding the company. It was exciting and I could not have done it without Tim Lake. Today we are still great friends and actually just joined a peer group together.