BLAKE S. CRAWFORD

Owner & CEO

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Blake Crawford discovered his passion for landscaping at a very young age. By the time he was a junior in high school, he had founded his own business, Crawford‐ Mourad Landscaping.

When he sold the company to enter Hope College in Holland, Mich. in 1991, it had over 40 clients and was producing revenues in excess of $5,000 per month.

Following college, Crawford returned to Detroit to work in the automotive industry for 15 years. While there he worked his way up to Director of Marketing at Cambridge Industries, a $500 million automotive supplier headquartered in Detroit.

Following his time in the automotive industry, Crawford founded Crawford Management Group, a Detroit‐based real estate management company. In just three years the company grew to manage 2300 apartment units in Bloomington, IN, Tallahassee and Orlando. The company also managed several commercial and industrial properties throughout the Midwest and Florida, including the Fifth Third Center, one of Collier County’s largest commercial buildings.

Success is nothing new to Crawford or his family. Growing up the son of a successful entrepreneur, Crawford learned the ins and outs of running a successful company at a young age. “What drove my passion for landscaping was the idea that I could be the best at it,” says Crawford. “The best contractor my dad ever worked with was his landscaper and that fueled my passion to become the best landscaper out there.”

Crawford Landscaping was founded in 2004 in Naples on Blake’s attention to detail, passion for landscaping and overall business experience. “Because of the booming market in Southwest Florida, the demand was greater than the supply. We knew if we could implement the same disciplines that we did up north that we would immediately be different than the competition.”

Crawford had big expectations for Crawford Landscaping starting off with a longterm goal to bring in $10 million in 10 years. In 2008, Crawford expanded and moved to a 15‐acre property in northeast Collier County, where Crawford Landscaping remains today. Crawford celebrated the company’s 10th anniversary in 2014 and surpassed that goal grossing $14.5 million in that time. “We made quality and service a top priority and the company grew 25‐30 percent each year. We recognized it was about hiring the right people and building the right team.”

A recipient of the Business Observer’s 40 under 40 by the Business Observer, Crawford’s success has not gone unnoticed. Known around town as the company with the red trucks, Crawford hopes people recognize the quality of service behind the vehicles.

“We’ve been here for 10 years. We’re on the top in terms of size for a full‐service landscaping company and the best in terms of quality,” says Crawford. “This is a company built with strength of its team and is the result of a legacy of

entrepreneurship. I’m thankful that I learned how to run a successful business under my father’s leadership growing up. I worked under him for more than a decade and that has culminated into a multi‐million dollar company today.”

Crawford and his wife have been married for nearly 20 years and they have three daughters, ages 16, 12 and 10. When he’s not in the office, you can find Crawford volunteering at St. Matthews House, or playing golf.

Giving back to the community is a top priority of Crawford Landscaping having created an annual charity golf tournament, the Crawford Cup as way to support local charities each year. “I have been blessed with a wonderful family, a successful business, and great friendships, so I feel that it is important to give back.”