By Mike Jiggens
July 17, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
This year marks Turf & Rec’s second consecutive mission to find the best young talent in the industry in Canada who have yet to reach their 40th birthdays. Whether they are employed in the golf, landscaping, sports turf or other sector of the industry, these chosen individuals have made significant contributions to their profession over the years and are setting an example for their peers, paving the way for the next wave of up-and-coming professionals.
Turf & Rec wishes to thank The Toro Company for its sponsorship of the Top 10 Under 40 program.
This week we feature Simon Rosas-Leon, 20, owner-operator of Top Notch Yard Care in Winnipeg.
Rosas-Leon is slowly collecting a long list of commercial and residential customers for his business. Unlike some other companies that offer snow clearing services, he has been found to clear snow for customers even after clearing the same driveways the night before, only to return again the next day.
One of his customers remarked, “I really appreciate that in a snow-heavy winter like this one, it has made my life easier coming in and out of the garage.”
Personable and friendly, Rosas-Leon continues to expand his array of services. In addition to lawn care and snow removal, he cleans gutters, refreshes existing landscapes and builds patios, leaving each job site clean and tidy.
Prior to establishing his own business, the young entrepreneur was innovative in finding, fixing and reselling string trimmers and other tools. He is always looking for ways to deepen his knowledge of the industry and expand his business.
Rosas-Leon’s true start in the business began when he was 13. He found a few abandoned lawn mowers, fixed them up with the help of his father and put them to use mowing lawns in his neighbourhood. While a Grade 12 student, he became an apprentice with ABC Power Tools through a school program where he honed his skills in dealing with people. That same year, he took the Manitoba Arborists’ training and licensing course at the University of Manitoba and offers arborist services to his customers as well. His other services include lawn maintenance, landscaping, vegetation management and snow and ice management.
He said his business was built on two fundamental beliefs: that quality and reliability are the essence of superior service.