Backstory: David Lammers

August 15, 2016 -  By
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David Lammers

President/Founder
Garden Grove Landscaping
Mississauga, Ontario

Education
Nelson High School
Burlington, Ontario
Class of 1993

Sheridan College
Bachelor’s of Business/Marketing
Class of 2000

“(Already focused on running my business,) I wanted to get as much learning as fast as I could and be able to apply it as fast as I could.”

University of Guelph
Studied Horticulture
1997-1998

Redeemer University College
Studied Business
1994-1997

Work Experience

1987-1989
Utility Worker
Burnbrae Farms
Mississauga, Ontario

“At 12 years old, I worked at the biggest egg company in Canada. I made $3.85 an hour sweeping parking lots, greasing carts, cleaning egg carts—I did everything. It taught me a lot about quality control.”

1990
Produce Department Staff
Fortinos Supermarket
Burlington, Ontario

“Even when my job was done, I didn’t want to be caught sitting around. I don’t ever remember sitting around at any job.”

1990-Present
President/Founder
Garden Grove Landscaping
(formerly Lammers Landscape)
Mississauga, Ontario

“The best part of my job is knowing that every day I’m faced with a new opportunity everywhere I go. We’re in an industry of opportunity.”

2014-Present
Co-chair
Industry Standards Committee
Accredited Snow Contractors Association

Did you Know?

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Lammers is a pianist who is classically trained from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He’s played with the Oakville (Ontario) Symphony and in a Christian rock group.

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Garden Grove is a family affair. His brother, Paul Lammers, is co-president of the company.

“My mom and dad came from Holland after the war, and they had nothing. My dad was a truck driver, and he ended up buying the company that he drove trucks for.”

Words of Wisdom

“Never be afraid to share what you know because someone is always willing to share
back. You give and you get.”

“Stay within your wheelhouse; stick to what you know. Don’t get outside of what you know unless you’re sure you have the time and energy and resources to spend. There’s nothing wrong with saying no. Don’t make promises you can’t keep, and don’t overextend yourself.”

“Never let defeat take you down. There’s so much opportunity for us to be defeated in this industry. Don’t take things personally.”

“Don’t compromise your values.”

About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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