From Golf Courses to Lawn Care Franchise Ownership
The owner of Weed Man Racine-Kenosha, WI
, Luke McGhee, was recently featured in Golf Course Industry's "Turfheads Takeover," where he recounts his career transition from golf course assistant superintendent to lawn care franchise owner.
While working in a variety of golf course assistant superintendent roles, including one that involved building one of Wisconsin's top-end golf courses from the ground up, McGhee felt that he wanted something more. Little did he know that a simple news article would change the course of his entire career.
"I wanted more. I wanted to be my own boss, I wanted more responsibility, I wanted to be a better leader. I prayed each night for the ability to open myself up to new opportunities, and spent my evenings applying for different jobs. It was around then that I wrote in The Grass Roots about how I had always wanted to be a business owner," states McGhee. A week later, he was contacted by Terry Kurth, one of Weed Man USA's key sub franchisors, who had available territory in Racine and Kenosha.
A few days before his wedding, McGhee signed on to become a lawn care franchise owner. A year later, he was presented with Weed Man's coveted "Rookie of the Year" award at the company's annual conference in Orlando, Florida, for his incredible first-year performanace.
"Thanks to my previous background in golf and the turf industry, I have had what I feel is a very successful rookie year. Skills that you learn on the golf course – attention to detail, general management, membership interaction, responsibility and time management – are all pivotal pieces of operating a business, but I now get to do it for myself rather than a membership or golfer."
Weed Man Rookie of the Year award winner, Luke McGhee, picture with wife Katie, COO Jennifer Lemcke, and CEO Roger Mongeon.
We can't wait to see what's next for Luke McGhee as he takes his franchise to new heights.
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