After his senior year of high school, Royer bought some basic lawn care equipment and started a business, LandArt Inc.
“We’re a full-service property maintenance company servicing residential and commercial clients,” he said.
The business has seen consistent success, growing at a steady clip of 10-20 percent every year. For the 2015 summer season LandArt employed 15 crew members and ran an average of five to six crews every day. During the summer, crews mow, trim landscaping and perform lawn installations. In the fall, they group together and do fall cleanups on client properties.
In the winter, the company focuses on commercial snow removal — plowing sidewalks, plowing parking lots, spreading salt — a job that requires a slightly larger crew because of the shorter time windows.
Royer said that his customers, many of whom are long-term clients, can count on consistent service and professionalism from LandArt Inc.
“We’re gonna take good care of you,” he explained.
Royer has been an investor in Greater Fort Wayne Inc. for a little more than five years.
“Right off the bat I joined a networking group, a Leads Group, and made some relationships that are still beneficial on the business side and the social side,” he said.
“Bottom line,” he added. “What you need in business is good relationships.”
These relationships included vendors; when LandArt Inc. was looking to expand into a commercial building, Royer found a commercial realtor through GFW Inc. who helped him find what he needed.
Royer stresses that the connections he’s been able to make through GFW Inc. have been instrumental in the success of LandArt Inc.
“It’s a great tool to grow your business.”