God has blessed myself and my family greatly through this business over the years. I have so many wonderful memories of this journey. It’s hard to imagine I started my landscaping company over 27 years ago, but my time as the owner of Southern Exposure has come to an end. I truly believe in God’s perfect timing in everything, and this decision was no different. It’s interesting how God works things out. I was in the process of gearing up and taking some steps to re-brand and grow Southern Exposure again when God brought 2 potential buyers to me that had a vision for the company that was very much in line with where I wanted to take it. There were so many things that aligned in our conversations that I realized that these individuals would be able to take what I’ve built, and really expand upon it without overlooking my current employees. My people are what makes Southern Exposure and Southern Lights special. Sure, we build and maintain beautiful properties and outdoor livings spaces, but my people are what has made these companies what they are. My employees (friends) matter and I feel like the new owners understand that and want to protect that as well.
Southern Exposure has a great name in the community and has been built with great employees, vision, and talent. With all of the amazing employees that have made Southern Exposure (now Southern Outdoor Living) what it is today, I’m confident that the new owners will be able to take the company to great new heights.
Although, my love for landscaping and outdoor living hasn’t changed, my passion has grown stronger and stronger towards the Outdoor Lighting & Audio segments of the industry. Most of you know, I’ve also owned Southern Lights Outdoor Lighting & Audio
for the last 15 + years which we’ve grown side by side of Southern Exposure. From early on, I never wanted to be considered a “landscaper” that added lighting & audio on as a add-on service. It’s technical. It’s a lot of design and requires a critical eye that has provided me with a creative outlet for me. I’ve spent considerable amount of time training, gaining certifications, serving on National Boards for the Lighting Industry, and I’m excited about pouring 100% of my time and effort into growing and expanding our footprint. Both the new ownership and myself plan to help each other grow while providing great opportunities for employment. If you’ve worked with either of my companies in the past, you know we always try to do what’s right and strive to create a seamless experience for our clients. Southern Lights will still be working with all of Southern Exposure’s clients desiring lighting and audio. The same will be true for our clients wanting landscaping & hardscaping services. Having a more centralized focus for these two companies will allow each company to fully focus on what we do best. Our goal is for our old clients and new clients to both have a great customer experience.
I have so much to be thankful for! The Lord has truly blessed me through this business. I’m so thankful to have my wife who has been by my side encouraging me from the beginning, my parents who gave me the push from the early age of 16 to try starting a business, my dad who modeled what a good business looks like through his own business, and all the people that believed in me along the way. I’m thankful for this journey. I’m forever grateful for everyone who has been apart of this company and look forward to great things to come!”