Built From the Ground Up
Family-owned businesses enjoy ‘epic’ growth with help from NB|AZ
By Debra Gelbart
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.
The Parises and their daughters, Stacy Davies and Misti Tesar, and son-in-law Rob Davies, focus on providing a multitude of services to large apartment complexes around the Valley. These services include landscape maintenance, landscape installations, street sweeping, tree trimming and power washing.
“Our kids have brought diversification to the table,” Jan said, “and clients love it, because they don’t have to hire separate vendors for all of those services.”
In 30 years of business, Gary said, “we’ve never had to advertise. We’ve grown through referrals and repeat business. A lot of our clients have expanded into other markets and they’ve asked us to provide our services at their other locations, including southern California, Las Vegas and Dallas.”
“As our clients have grown, we have grown with them,” Rob said.
The Parises consider their landscaping business to be their greatest success. More than half of their 100 employees have been with them for more than 10 years. They also operate another company, Epic Home Construction, that builds hillside residences and office warehouse buildings. It was through this second company that they connected with National Bank of Arizona.
“We actually did business with another bank that didn’t fit our needs,” explained daughter Stacy. “So we reached out to NB|AZ and they were immediately able to provide everything we need for both businesses,” including refinancing for one of the buildings Epic constructed.
“We really appreciated that NB|AZ offered us four or five different refinancing opportunities, not just one,” Gary said. “And we really like the personalized attention the bank gives us.”
“I love the relationship NB|AZ has with us,” Misti said. “They’re very easy to work with as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for banking.”