Growing Their Own Legacy: Florida Couple Takes on Lawn Care Franchise


We are excited to announce the newest owners of The Grounds Guys: Daren and Stephanie Patterson. An architect and an accountant by trade, Daren and Stephanie are thrilled about the prospect of expanding their income streams and creating a legacy for their son. With lots of experience in project management, Daren is always ready to take on a new adventure.

Who Is Daren Patterson?

Daren began his career as an architect and holds a Master’s in Architecture. Since then, he has transitioned to work in IT and project management in the health sector. Daren also holds a PMP certification, which stands for Project Management Professional – the gold standard in the industry.

As a project manager, Daren has been involved in and enjoys all phases of projects from conceptualization and initiation to post-completion monitoring and maintenance. These days, he is looking to leverage his experience in that field in order to further his personal goals and desires by owning a franchise.

Why Did Daren Make a Career Change?

Unlike many of our clients at FranCoach, Daren still finds his “day job” fulfilling – and he will be keeping it even as a brand-new owner of The Grounds Guys. His wife Stephanie will also be holding onto her position as an accountant. Daren is not making a career change as much as he is making a career addition.

Daren saw franchising ownership as an opportunity to create an additional revenue stream for his family. He and Stephanie are excited to generate more income together so that they can enjoy the lifestyle they’ve been dreaming of. The couple is also dedicated to creating a legacy that they can pass down to their son.

With years of experience in project management and his career in a comfortable place, Daren did not want to just sit around and enjoy the status quo. He knew he could do more, which led him to FranCoach.

Why Will Daren Make a Great Franchise Owner?

Daren sees his strengths as communication, coordination, planning ability, resourcefulness, transparency, open-mindedness, and creativity. Plus, he knows that his project management experience is a type of “core expertise” that lends itself to success in any field.

Katie Lepper, who Daren worked with at FranCoach, agrees. Here is what she has to say: “Daren is very systems-driven, a great leader, and loves to build relationships.” Katie is excited to see him succeed in his new role as an owner of The Grounds Guys.

Why Did Daren Choose The Grounds Guys?

The Grounds Guys is a lawn care and landscaping brand with established name recognition in communities across North America. As a Neighborly brand, the company offers strong franchisor support and the opportunity to own a business in a familiar, recession-resistant industry.

Daren sees landscaping as a must-have business in his Central Florida location. With the beautiful weather there, he knows customers can benefit from lawn care services year-round, and he is excited to provide them. The Grounds Guys combines strong franchisor support with a must-have industry, and Daren considers that a win-win.

Please join our team at FranCoach in congratulating Daren and Stephanie Patterson and wishing them luck as new owners of The Grounds Guys!

The Benefits of Working With FranCoach

FranCoach is a national search firm dedicated to working with individuals who are interested in owning a franchise. We have partnered with over 600 of the top franchisors in the country, spanning nearly 70 industries.

Our goal with clients is to help them find the absolute best franchise for them to own. Our goal with our Franchising 101 podcast series is to help educate people on all aspects of franchise ownership.

Reach out to us to learn more about potentially becoming a franchise owner. There’s never any fee for our service, so why not take the first step today toward your better tomorrow?

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