About Marty

Founder and CEO of a Multimillion-Dollar Landscape Company
and a Leading Green-Industry Consultant

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Marty is a unique combination of full-time landscape pro and leading green-industry coach and consultant. When other landscapers turn to him for help in growing their businesses, it’s not because he’s been there, done that but because he’s still there, still doing that. His ability to provide real-world, real-time guidance and to motivate clients to reach new heights is virtually unmatched in the field.

Marty is president and CEO of Grunder Landscaping Co., one of the Midwest’s most successful landscaping companies, and president of Marty Grunder! Inc., a premier consulting firm providing training, business guidance, and speaking services throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1995, Marty’s been inspiring those who want to grow with his practical advice, creative ideas, and infectious enthusiasm.

An award-winning entrepreneur and author, Marty is a noted authority on leadership, team building, sales and marketing, and professional and personal success. He’s delivered more than 550 talks and motivated audiences of all sizes, from a small gathering of 20 to a stadium of 9,000.

Helping Landscapers Grow in Their Business and Their Life

Marty has the credibility and the confidence to point out where landscape pros need to improve, yet he’s also understanding and supportive of all the other aspects of their lives. He cares about improving the whole person. And those who’ve worked with him know he’ll give until he’s worn out.

Marty lives in Dayton, Ohio, with his wife, Lisa. Together they have three daughters and a son. A dedicated leader in the area’s small-business community, Marty volunteers his time and treasure to numerous charitable organizations, with a particular focus on fostering entrepreneurship among the young.

  • 1968

    Marty Is Born in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1990

    Marty Graduates from the University of Dayton with a Degree in Business Administration

  • 1993

    Grunder Landscaping Co. Moves into Its Current Home

  • 1993

    Marty Marries Lisa Lehman

  • 1994

    Emily Grunder Is Born

    Emily graduated from Miami University with  degree in business in 2016 and is a corporate communications professional.

  • 1995

    Grunder Landscaping Co. Exceeds 1M in Revenue

  • 1996

    Katie Grunder Is Born

    Katie is a rising senior at Auburn University, where she’s studying finance and is a member of the Women’s Soccer Team.

  • 1998

    Lily Grunder Is born

    Lily is a rising sophomore at Ohio State University, were she’s studying education.

  • 2000

    Grant Grunder Is Born

    Grant is a rising junior at Alter High School, where he’s a member of the Men’s Hockey and LaCrosse Teams.

  • 2001

    National and Statewide recognition

    Twice named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the State of Ohio by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • 2003

    Marty Publishes His First Book

    Marty’s book, The Nine Super Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success, is named Business Book of the Year at the Independent Book Awards.

  • 2003

    Awarded

    Named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Midwest. By the Small Business Administration (SBA) in 1995

  • 2008

    President George W. Bush Visits

    Marty and his wife, Lisa, welcome President George W. Bush to their home.

  • 2008

    Grunder Landscaping Co. Is Recognized Nationally

    Marty’s landscaping company has won numerous national awards for their efforts, including the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Eclipse Integrity Award.

  • 2013

    Marty Deepens His Engagement in the Community

    A life-long and active member of the Dayton community, Marty serves on the boards of Park National Bank and the University of Dayton Business Advisory Council.

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Testimonial I

"Marty Grunder was a hit with our attendees!...participants were excited to to put the ideas Marty shared with them into action...."

Mary Jo Ritt

Mid-American
Chicago, IL

Testimonial II

"I just got back from the GIE and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the presentation. I sat in two sessions and they were fantastic..."

Patrick Sutherland

Evergreen Landscaping
Johnson City, TN

Customers love what I have to say

"Thank you so much for participating as a featured speaker in last week's Leadership Summit. Your story is remarkable..."

Kathryn Groob

Paul Hemmer Companies
Fort Mitchell, KY

Testimonial III

"We have worked with Marty Grunder numerous times because he is a fantastic speaker. Marty had our audience's attention from beginning..."

Stephanie Teague

DUCTZ International
Ann Arbor, MI

Testimonial IV

About Marty

Marty’s mission is to help you achieve your mission by offering a variety of services to help you reach your business goals. His services deliver the edge you need to win in an increasingly competitive Green Industry. Marty has inspired clients and audiences with his practical advice, creative ideas and incredible enthusiasm since 1995.

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