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Connect with Gachina Landscape


Management Location: Menlo Park, California


Year founded: 1988


2018 annual revenue: $35,477,671


Client mix: Commercial 84%, residential 13%, government/municipal 3%


Service mix: Landscape maintenance 62%, landscape enhancement 34%, irrigation/water management 4%


is the event where you see the rider intimately moving with the horse in a choreographed performance. Men and women compete equally. I started initially because I was a stay-at- home mom and my sons didn’t need me so much. I needed something to occupy my time; I had volunteered at the elementary and middle schools. However, in high school, there were few opportunities. My husband worked long hours. So, I started to learn something for myself and to challenge myself, and for exercise—it provides an intense core workout—and planning for having an empty nest. In order to be successful, you must communicate in a language that the horse understands— pressure and the release of pressure and being the “leader” of the herd; in this case horse and rider. You must multi-task constantly, keeping the conversation with the horse ongoing. It keeps my mind engaged and challenged. While I am nowhere close to being competent, I enjoy it and will keep training for years.


WHAT BUSINESS WORRY KEEPS YOU UP MOST AT NIGHT?


In the Bay Area, where real estate commands exorbitant prices, and the available light industrial properties are shrinking, where will I be able to move the branches should landlords choose to sell out to the tech industry? The tech industries have the money


and the resources to pay high prices and they are buying properties that are zoned for landscape companies. The green industry is a +/- $90 billion industry, but it depends upon an immigrant population for labor. They are performing work that many Americans won’t. With the cost of living so very high in the greater Bay Area, affordable housing for our team members is crucial. The H-2B program is insufficient and not the be-all answer. Factoring in that many other industries depend on the same labor pool, we don’t have enough talent to go around.


WHO IS YOUR BUSINESS MENTOR? I have met many awesome and kind leaders over the years. Frank Ross, Dr. Paul Allen, Frank Mariani, Bob Grover, Steve Adelman and Quang Trihn, to name a few. I would appreciate having a mentor. Any volunteers?


WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU MOST? Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a glass-ceiling breaker, a trailblazer and still relevant well into her 80s. She is thoughtful and persuasive.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BUSINESS BOOK? “Option B.” This book is my life. Having a life-altering event pushed me in a totally unforeseen direction. I have many titles that I want to read; I just need to do a better job in finding the time.


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Business motto: Our purpose statement is: “Enriching the life of everyone and everything we touch.”


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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE THE WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR?


It is a wonderful and inspiring tribute to all women who persevere against odds to realize their dreams. I am proud to be counted among the new leaders in the green industry. Women are coming into their own. Watch what we will do now given the opportunities.


IN FIVE YEARS, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BUSINESS GOING? WHERE WILL YOU BE? The business will continue to grow organically under the direction of my two sons and the managers mentoring them. I will be riding and enjoying the life I have the privilege to enjoy.


WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO WOMEN TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE LANDSCAPING FIELD? Creating a work environment that promotes diversity and that couples “The Gachina Way” (Respect, Courtesy and Professionalism) has allowed women to thrive within our organization.


Also, it is very inspiring to see so many women at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, who have chosen the landscape industry. When interviewing female candidates, I am encouraged by their greater numbers. These women are self-confident, knowledgeable, driven, prepared and inspired to make an impact. We encourage them to intern with us and after graduation join our team. The fact that 45 percent of our senior management team is female speaks volumes. TLP


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