HOCC: My family roots run deep here…

Humans of Calvert County, Sarah Merranko & Anita Santoyo

Calvert County, MD- I was born and raised in Calvert County, grew up here, between Chesapeake Beach and Huntingtown. My family roots run deep here.

My grandfather bought twelve cemetery plots. He always took me along on weekends to cut the grass. Without even knowing it, he was molding me for what I was meant to do. He taught me how to work hard and take pride in your work.

I started my first landscaping company in 2009 and ended up selling it and went back to doing electrical work. I was doing pretty well in that field. After four years, I was laid off from that job. I saved a lot during that time and dumped that money into a landscaping company and bought a truck and trailer. At that time, I was tired of others controlling my fate. Last year was my first full season in business. This year, we went from one truck and a trailer to two trucks and trailers, from three guys to twelve. Looking back, getting laid off was a blessing for me, more than I realized at the time. All is well.

My family is very supportive. My girlfriend does my bookkeeping, which that is nice. My equipment is kept at my mother’s as she has the space for the trucks and trailers. Everyone is helping me the best that they can, because they want to see me succeed. Without them, I wouldn’t have anything.