Wednesday, March 4, 2015

5 years of snow & ice industry stories





















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It is always fun to read all of the different submissions, and all of the challenges, triumphs, and unique stories that are just waiting to be shared.'


By Elly Lobello
For the fifth year in a row, SIMA and Snow Business are running the Greatest Story Never Told contest. It is always fun to read all of the different submissions, and all of the challenges, triumphs, and unique stories that are just waiting to be shared. In the past 4 years, the winners have had very different stories to tell:

2014 – Greater Texas Landscape Services (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX)
The most recent Greatest Story Never Told winner comes all the way from Texas. Bryan Dubose shared how an unexpected winter event served as the catalyst for Greater Texas Landscape Services’ Dallas branch to step up and become a professional snow & ice management resource in a state unfamiliar with the concept of proactive storm fighting. Read full story here.

2013 – Henderson Corp. (Independence, IA)
Elliott Henderson, owner Henderson Corp., shared his story of how he was able to accomplish 2 life goals simultaneously – plow snow and serve his country. His story of the challenges of keeping his snow business running while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan is both unique and inspirational. Read full story here.

2012 – Northwest Snow Removal, Inc. (Bridgeview, IL)
Maggie Downer, CSP, owner of Northwest Snow Removal, Inc. shared her story of starting a snow & ice management company in the tough market of Chicago. With a focus on balance, identifying quality leads, and building client relationships, this was a great story of what can make a business successful. Read full story here.

2011 – H.A.M Landscaping (North Randall, OH)
As winner of the first contest, Herrick & Lisa Mann told the story of managing their company through snowy winters while sailing to the Caribbean. With the help of technology, capable employees, and a stable client base, the Manns are able to sail midwinter and keep their business running. Read full story here.

What story will be on the 5th Greatest Story Never Told Cover? It could be yours! Submit at www.sima.org/mysnowstory by April 3, and you could win:
  • The cover story and feature in the in May/June 2015 issue of Snow Business.
  • A professional video shot to share with clients, colleagues, and friends.
  • Free registration (including all ticketed events) to the 18th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium in Schaumburg, IL, June 24-27.
  • Recognition at the annual Snow & Ice Industry Awards night.
Special thanks to Caterpillar, Inc., for sponsoring another year of great stories.

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