Waco, TX, United States, 05/12/2015 /SubmitPressRelease123/
Featured in Texas State Technical College’s 50th Anniversary, 1980 graduate, Lisa Torgersen, turned a part-time mowing business into a profitable landscape and lawn maintenance company in Waco, TX. She “mowed” her way to a degree at Baylor U as well and started a successful landscape business before it was a viable career choice for women.
Headed to college on a tennis scholarship, Lisa Torgersen surprised her mother and abruptly switched course. She enrolled, instead, in the horticulture program at TSTC. Torgersen started mowing yards when she was fifteen and found she loved it. “Women didn’t do physical jobs then, said Torgersen, and there wasn’t a lawn maintenance industry. Even if there had been, women wouldn’t have been in it unless you count floral design.” As a result, Torgersen’s mother “thought it was absolutely ridiculous for me to continue to mow yards,” said Lisa. But she grew to respect her daughter’s career choice.
Torgersen, who earned her degree in 1980, began to build her business while still at TSTI. “I worked at a nursery selling plants and Mr. Gattis selling pizza and went to school,” explained Lisa. “But what I really wanted to do was mow yards, so I sold my car and bought an old truck.” She worked her way through Baylor University, acquiring an Education Degree in 1983 but her love of being her own boss and working outdoors confirmed that teaching was not to be her future.
Torgersen has owned Lawns Ltd. in Waco since 1983. With a staff of forty to fifty employees, Lawns Ltd. is a full-service company providing design/build services in maintenance, landscape, irrigation, and lighting for residential and commercial properties. “When I started, no one did this professionally, but lawn service has morphed into a respected industry,” remarked Torgersen.
To learn more about Lawns Ltd, visit http://www.lawnsltd.com
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