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Marty Grunder

Grunder Landscaping Co.
President & CEO
Dayton, OH
Marty Grunder is president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co. and of The Grow Group, a leading green-industry consultancy.

Marty discovered his entrepreneurial spirit when he was just a teenager with a used lawn mower looking for a way to put himself through college. Through determination and hard work, he grew that initial $25 investment into Grunder Landscaping Co. (GLC), one of the most successful operations of its kind in the Midwest. GLC has earned more than 40 local and national design awards and is a two-time winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Award, while Marty has himself been named entrepreneur of the year by both Ernst & Young and the US Small Business Administration. The author of The 9 Super Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success, he has coached tens of hundreds of landscaping professionals and companies across the US and Canada and delivered more than 550 talks, motivating audiences of all sizes and shapes — from a small gathering of 20 to a stadium of 9,000 — to achieve success. He is a columnist for Landscape Management and The Buckeye magazines, and is a member of the boards of the NALP Foundation, Park National Bank of Southwest Ohio, and the Dayton Development Coalition. A graduate of the University of Dayton School of Business, Marty is based in Dayton, Ohio.