The oldest of nine children. As was customary, the kids did chores around the house. When Angelo reached the age of 12, his chore was to mow the lawn, trim the shrubs and keep the landscaping neat at the family’s home in Los Angeles, California.
Following his graduation from high school in 1964, Angelo got a job at a department store chain while attending a community college. He was hoping to build a career in retailing, and was placed in the nursery department of the store. “The manager of the department was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about plant material from him ,” said Angelo.
While attending Pierce, one of his professors told the class that he thought landscape maintenance was going to have a good future. While other students laughed, Angelo began to give it a lot of thought.
While working his full-time job, Angelo started a gardening service on the weekends. This turned out to be a very good decision because, as government regulations on chemicals became more stringent, the company Angelo worked for eliminated his position in December 1969, and later went out of business.
He discussed the possibility of building up his weekend gardening service with his wife. Charlene told him, “We can always go to work for someone else; let’s give it a try.” He borrowed money from his church’s credit union to purchase a truck.
And so, Stay Green was born, nurtured, and grew, in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. It grew because Angelo was delivering a quality product, and his reputation was growing along with his business. Charlene worked in the business and, typical of other small family businesses, his kids grew up in the business, as well.
“Past the immediate family, our employees are part of our extended family. Some of their children are now working in the company. We have a loyal group of employees. Commitment, dedication, and a desire to be the best is what made our company grow.”
In their spare time, Richard and Charlene like to spend time in San Diego, and bought a small retreat there. Chris and his wife have two young children. In his spare time, Chris loves to play golf.
Father and son have become a true partnership. As a team, they’re planning for the future. The Angelos see the future quite clearly. “The potential growth for our company is in grounds management,” they said. “We see strong indicators for natural pruning, using fuel-efficient equipment, propane lawn mowers and organic fertilizer. We believe that going green is part of our future.” If there’s one word to sum up the mission statement of Stay Green, that word would be quality.