Ray Ostronic – Granulawn, Inc.


Ray Ostronic was employed at Enron as a Business Development Analyst when he and his brother Rick decided to purchase Granulawn, which happened to be a tax client of his brother’s.  They started with just the turf fertilization business and with their business and finance backgrounds were able to diversify the company over the years into one of the largest ‘total care’ lawncare companies in the metro area.  Granulawn was established in 1979 and offers a ‘total care’ approach to lawncare, landscape, irrigation, complete tree/shrub care and commercial grounds maintenance.  Granulawn provides services to approximately 3,500 residential/commercial clients in the Omaha metro area.

Tell us a little about your family. – I have a GREAT family.  I have been married to Mary for 24 years and have five children and two granddaughters.  My oldest son Scott and his wife Kelly have two daughters, Skylar and McKenzie, ages 5 and 2.  Scott will eventually take over the business.  My second oldest son Tom oversees the Physical Therapy Dept for Creighton Hospital in Creighton, NE.  My daughter Janna and her husband Jackson live in Chicago and Janna is a fashion designer for Fifth Avenue.  My son John is married to Kristina and manages our landscape division. My son Brett is a recent graduate with a communications degree and is employed as our sales/marketing associate and will be attending the Golf Academy in San Diego to pursue a career in golf business management in May.  My family is what keeps me going day in and day out!
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – There has been no one turning point in my life.  I can tell you as I am aging, it’s becoming more and more important for me to start enjoying more time away from the business.  Now I just have to find a way to do it.  When that happens, it will be the biggest turning point in my life!

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Being at home on the lake and taking the good life in for a day.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a ‘neat freak’…things just have to be a certain way…it drives people crazy.

What are you the most proud of? – Just being able to enjoy the success and health of my family and their kids.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Probably from my dad…he was a man of principle and would always preach to all of my brothers and sisters if you are going to do something in life, “do it right or just don’t do it at all”!

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – Learn to relax.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? – Win the lottery and spread the wealth to all of my family members!

What are your plans for retirement? – Enjoy the lake and golf a little more.

Which talent would you most like to have? – Patience.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – I really do not read “real” books…they are usually business related.  Maybe that’s something I will do later in life.

What is your favorite movie? – Gladiator

What is your favorite TV show? – The Apprentice

What is your favorite local restaurant? – Olive Garden

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Tom Osborne, Nebraska coaching great!

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Email me at turfguy999@cox.net