Q&A Business Profile
(Published Feb. 13, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)
Name: Robert Slauson
Company: Great Lakes Curbing, Inc.
Business address: 59 W. Sedgemeadow St., Elkhorn, WI 53121
Business telephone: 743-2181
Web site: www.greatlakescurb.com
Company's product or service: Continuously poured concrete landscape borders for businesses and homeowners.
How long has your company been in business? Two years
What is your business philosophy? To make your great yard better. Our product has been around for nearly 40 years, originally invented by an individual in Australia. This product is commonplace in the southern part of the country and with the technological advances made in concrete, it is now suitable for our climate.
I got started in this business through a friend in Fargo, N.D. He has been installing landscape curbing for seven years. I follow his procedures exactly, ensuring my curb is built to withstand our climate. When you look at my Web site, all of my pictures are of my work here in Wisconsin. Many other Web sites have pictures with palm trees in the background, which we all know you don't see many of those in Wisconsin.
What goals do you have for your company? Eventually Great Lake Curbing will become a full-service hardscape company, offering everything for the exterior of your house. We presently employ a certified master gardener in the state of Wisconsin. She is available to perform landscaping consultation. In addition to the landscape curb, we offer stamped concrete flatwork and will soon offer deck construction, fencing, water features, retaining walls, playground sets and fire pits. We will be your one source for everything you might want to enjoy on the outside of your house.
Who has been an influential person in your life? Why? There have been many, from my parents to my brother to my wife. All have taught me the value of hard work and honesty, which are the principles my business has been built around.
Do you have a favorite book/author? Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I enjoyed these books so much as a child that we have named our two boys after the characters. Our 3-year-old is Sawyer and his younger brother, who was just born on Jan. 19, is Finn. I still love these books, especially Finn's belief in doing the right thing, even if its unpopular in society.
Spouse's name and occupation: Rebecca Slauson, math teacher at Waukesha West High School.
Children's names and ages: Sawyer, 3 and Finn, infant.
An interesting fact about you: I am a Wisconsin native, graduated from UW-Platteville with a bachelor degree in engineering. I have lived in Seattle, Wash., Phoenix, Ariz, Milwaukee, Denver, Colo., Durango, Colo., and just outside of Aspen, Colo. before settling down in Elkhorn three years ago.