Marc Vetere, Manzanita Landscaping
Marc Vetere immersed himself in the high desert terrain around him at age 15 and discovered his passion for beautifying homes and businesses through custom landscaping.
“Here I was, outside, using cool equipment and making things look nice,” he says. “I thought, “‘Wow! This is cool, and I am getting paid to do it.’”
Sharpening his on-the-job training and gaining entrepreneurial momentum, he founded Manzanita Landscaping Inc. in 2009.
With his March 2020 purchase of Earthworks Landscape & Supply, Vetere also owns a 30,000- square-foot retail garden center and nursery north of Road 3 North. The two companies comprise 4 adjacent acres.
Attracting and retaining good people is a challenge, but one he meets head-on with employee development. For his personal growth, he focuses on work/life balance.
He has attained some, he said, with wife Brianne; two adult daughters, ages 28 and 21: a 5-year-old “awesome” granddaughter; and four dogs. Brianne, a full-time orthodontic assistant, also helps network and market the businesses.
“Brianne is a huge inspiration. She has always backed me. We started the business the year we were getting married and in the middle of a recession. It has been a wild ride.”
2531 N. AZ-89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323