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Prior to 1990, the founders worked in many facets of the landscape industry. Having worked for several landscape companies in various capacities, they felt they were ready and able to venture out on their own.
At that time, the industry was in serious need of innovation and professional improvements. With the necessity for computerization of estimating and scheduling, inventory controls and best accounting practices industry-wide, they had found their niche. Implementations of these practices, along with new techniques in native plant removal and installation, distribution and control of water paved the way for the success of the company. With the founders’ education and background in the industry, they believed they could penetrate the market, offering unmatched value to clients in need of something more than the industry had to offer until this point.
Unfortunately, they were introduced to the entry boundaries of starting up a new venture. The three main boundaries were capital (neither had any), a loyal client base for the new organization and the problem of attracting and retaining staff with inconsistent work flow. The first three years in business came with very low profits (used to pay taxes and fuel for the next year’s growth), no salary and very long work weeks. But with perseverance, quality workmanship and professional administration the company gained a solid reputation and a foothold within a few niches. Through native salvage jobs, Agave began to earn more work from developers looking for expertise with native landscapes which continually evolved the company’s key customer relationships in both the native and non-native landscape realms.
As the Arizona economy continued to flourish, Agave found itself at the right place at the right time for the projects that Agave targeted. This continuous metamorphosis led the young company to become experts in what is now the largest collection of Master Planned Communities in Arizona. Their determination and solid education, proved to be the foundation of Agave's 28 years in business.
Mike McMahon, one of the founding partners, continues to be very active in all of the day to day operations and it is this dedication that driven the many success of Agave Environmental Contracting, Inc.