Christy Webber Landscapes
Christy Webber is a native of a small town called Montrose, Michigan. An avid athlete during high school, Christy received a basketball scholarship from the University of Denver and earned a degree in Physical Education. While in Denver, Christy divided her time outside of class between playing basketball and cutting grass to earn extra money. It started to become clear to Christy that her “country” upbringing and father’s entrepreneurial spirit (he owned a small tavern just outside of Saginaw, Michigan) would be the driving forces of what would become a dynamic landscaping career in Chicago.
Christy moved to Chicago after the death of her father in 1983, taking up various odd jobs, including a one semester teaching stint at Regina Dominican High School. Christy spent five years struggling in “regular” jobs until she realized her true passion was being outside with nature and, like her dad, being an entrepreneur. In 1988, Christy Webber began cutting her first lawns.
Buying an old pickup truck and a small amount of lawn mowing equipment, Christy began cutting grass around Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. With determination and hard work, she took that small business from her kitchen table to what is now one of the largest landscape companies in Chicago. Today, Christy Webber Landscapes has over 250 employees and an impressive fleet of trucks and equipment. Christy is honored to maintain some of the most prestigious Chicago landmarks, such as Millennium Park and O’Hare and Midway airports. Her company’s recent landscape construction projects include Kennedy King College, Millennium Park and McCormick Place West. In addition, Christy Webber Landscapes continues to serve hundreds of residential clients, some of which have been with Christy since her small beginnings.
In 2008, Christy was recognized for her entrepreneurial achievements and lasting impact on Chicago’s business community through induction into the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Her company has received numerous distinctions as well, such as inclusion on Inc. Magazine’s Inner City 100 list of America's fastest-growing urban businesses.
Don’t be fooled by this success; Christy never left her rural roots behind. Today you will still find her behind the wheel of a dump truck, at the handle of a shovel or on her knees weeding a garden. She remains true to her passion and has bucked the old business school adage “Work on your business, not in it!”
Christy keeps a blog. Click here to see the latest.