The brothers started their business taking care of lakes and wetlands 24 years ago with a broken-down truck and a boat that sank on one of their first jobs.
At first, Brian and Stuart Fischer kept their regular jobs as bartender and long-haul trucker, respectively.
But they did more than stay afloat with Lake and Wetland Management Inc. of Boynton Beach. They thrived in a messy job, cleaning and protecting waterways. Clients have ranged from government agencies to golf courses.
Since 2014, they say, they have launched 14 franchise operations across the state.
Name: Stuart Fischer
Personal: Age 54; originally from Queens, N.Y.; lives in Lake Worth.
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About your company:
Lake and Wetland Management Inc. was founded by me and my brother Brian Fischer in 1992 with a vision of protecting the environment while providing clients with the highest level of service. Our team of state-licensed biologists provides environmental management services for lakes and waterways, protected wetlands and other ecologically important habitats throughout Florida.
We specialize in the control of invasive and exotic plant species that threaten Florida’s natural heritage by displacing native plants and animals.
How your business has changed: Through the years, environmental regulations and ever-changing ecosystems have driven us to diversify our services and challenge our team to maintain a leading edge in the industry. In order to perform our services, we must intimately understand the science behind them. This has created our staff of aquatic biologists, arborists and wetland scientists to best serve our customers.
Most people are unaware of the job we do, until there is a problem such as algae or excessive aquatic weed growth. At that point they see our team come into play, and often there are questions. This gives our staff the opportunity to educate the public not only on our service, but the environment as well.
Offices in: Boynton Beach, Gainesville, Stuart, Clearwater, Orlando, Kissimmee, Fort Myers, Daytona. There is also one at 2061 NW 112th Ave., Suite 142, in Miami, according to the company’s website.
Best piece of business advice you ever received: To be honest, sincere, and always do what you say you’re going to do.