Over 40 years providing excellence in commercial and residential landscaping
How Sunburst Landscaping got to where it is today
Don Gabbard serves as the President and CEO of Sunburst Landscaping. His hands-on approach to leadership and tenacity for getting a job done well inspire his team daily. The success of his artificial grass installation business has a humble yet outstanding beginning. If it wasn’t for the vast experience he’s accumulated over the years, his landscape projects that include top-quality artificial turf for homes and businesses across Arizona wouldn’t be the same.
In the early 1970s, Don completed training as a Diesel Mechanic and began working for a road construction crew driving a commercial truck. In the slower times to make extra money, he began hauling granite to residences. After a while, the homeowners were asking if he could spread the granite as well and for the extra income, he figured it was a great opportunity. He traded the only family vehicle in on a dump truck of his own, and Sunburst Landscaping was born. From those humble beginnings in 1976, Don soon learned he had a knack for not just spreading granite but also residential landscape installations and designs. He worked all day in the field performing hands-on installations, would meet with potential new customers in the afternoon and work up bids when he got home at night. After a few years, he decided to pursue commercial jobs as well and put his name in the hat for a job landscaping a school yard. At the time, he was an unknown to General Contractors, but the one in charge of the school job took a chance on him and his launch into the commercial field began.
Since that time, Don and his crews have completed residential and commercial jobs across the state of Arizona. It is virtually impossible to drive through metro Phoenix and not see a job that Sunburst has worked on. From landscaping large once-in-a-lifetime venues like Chase Field, University of Phoenix Stadium, Sky Harbor Airport, Maricopa County Courthouse, Luke Air Force Base, Grand Canyon University to smaller commercial endeavors including multiple apartment complexes, The Phoenix Fire Academy, The Children’s Museum and The Foundation for Blind Children. Sunburst, under Don’s leadership, has also focused on serving municipalities with projects at schools, fire stations, roadway landscaping, neighborhood parks, Reach 11 sports field, Lightrail extensions and street enhancements. Don has made a solid reputation for himself in the industry for being able to get a job done. He has invented techniques and tools over the years that aid in the completion of projects that many simply could not do. His continued role of being in the field, on the job site every day helps continue his ingenuity and depicts his willingness to do what is needed to get a job done without cutting corners.
In addition to commercial jobs, Sunburst also has a vast residential landscaping portfolio. Due mostly to Don’s reputation in the industry in 2010, FieldTurf sought him out to be the Authorized Dealer in Arizona of the FieldTurf Landscape synthetic grass product. Unlike most owners who would jump at that type of offer, Don took his time to investigate and see if that was where he wanted to take the company. After visiting the manufacturing plant in Calhoun, Georgia, Don launched in to a partnership with FieldTurf Landscape that has grown not only the residential division of Sunburst but also supplemented commercial jobs seeking commercial turf and truly made Sunburst a one of a kind, complete provider of all commercial and residential landscaping projects.
Through his success of growing a one dump truck business into a debt-free, multi-million-dollar corporation, Don has always kept his focus on what matters most. That started with putting his daughter’s car seat in the dump truck next to him and continues now as believing family is at the heart of a business. Throughout the 40 years in business, Don has employed his daughters, his nephews, and various other family members and friends. In addition, he makes sure that the people who come on board for Sunburst are treated like family, paid a fair wage and rewarded for hard work. That includes monthly parties at the office for recognition and spending time together and even treating the crews and their families to a weekend at the Arizona Grand Resort to thank them for completing a complex job on a tight time crunch. One of the best testimonies to how well Don treats his Sunburst family is the number of employees that have been working for him for over 20 years. His Lead Foreman has been with the company since 1985. He has trained and mentored over 500 employees in his 40 years in business.
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