The company’s trucks are everywhere in the Valley, with the familiar Burns Pest Elimination brand prominently displayed. They’re usually on their way to servicing any of 40,000 residential and commercial customers.
In 1964, a young Phoenix couple became the unlikely owners of what would become a highly successful restaurant concept. Manuel and Alice Salazer had no background in operating an eatery; Manuel worked in construction and Alice was a housewife.
Gary and Jan Paris incorporated Epic Landscape Construction in 1993, but they started the company more than a decade earlier. Today, the Parises and their family operate far more than a landscape firm.
Wholesale Floors, headquartered in Phoenix, was founded in 1979 as a regional provider of commercial flooring services. The company has built a reputation for excellence, responsiveness and innovation.
Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen opened on Central Avenue in Phoenix in 1952. Through the vision of owners Woody and Victoria Johnson, Macayo’s quickly became an Arizona tradition, serving authentic, Mexican-style comfort food.
“We don’t take anything for granted,” Brad said, “even in a wonderful high-growth state like Arizona. We still work as hard as we did in the beginning.” They consider their greatest success to be thriving in business “while staying married for 37 years,” Jinger said.