In 1976, Randy left Allentown, Pennsylvania, hopped on his 1972 Yamaha 360 Enduro motorcycle and drove to California to begin a new adventure in life. Beguiled by the freedom and opportunity of a newfound journey, Randy began working for the largest landscape company in the United States - now a competitor. While working there, he started doing side jobs, all residential landscape maintenance. Eventually, he went to work for the Port of San Diego as a gardener, then worked for the City of San Diego in Balboa Park and finally worked at Mission Bay Park.
In 1980, after working 4 years in the Landscape Industry, something sparked inside Randy. He began reading book after book, mostly inspirational readings, and others on business and entrepreneurship - Randy made a decision to pursue his ultimate dream –creating his own business.
New Way started in the year 1980. It started with one truck, with Randy at the wheel, working the residential hills of San Diego. He had a passion for gardening and learned the basics on his own. After a few years, Randy hired a couple other guys, and together, they began servicing more & more residences. Their client list included some well known celebrities and athletes like Steve Garvey, Capt Mike the Weatherman. At one point, his residential portfolio consisted of over 250 residential homes.
His company’s portfolio expanded when he began providing maintenance to HOA, Commercial and Government properties. Randy’s reputation of running a quality landscape maintenance company was beginning to grow; he knew he had to venture into the sales side of the business. Randy started by joining trade organizations within the landscape industry. He served on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) for a number of years. While serving on the CLCA Board, he also chaired the Education Committee, San Diego CAI Board of Directors for 3 years and was past Co-Chairman of the Golf and Tennis Charity Classics for 2 years . He has also been a member of BOMA’s Program & Events Committee, chaired that committee for many years and served on the BOMA Board.
Randy has served on many speaker panels for various industry associations and has spoken to many groups about landscaping and running a successful business. His articles have been published in local and national trade publications, and his own yard has been featured on TV - on Backyards San Diego with Larry Himmel; he won awards from San Diego Home and Garden Magazine and Ramona Water District. The Discovery Channel even shot a segment of their show “Gimmie Shelter” in his garden.
Today, Randy Newhard owns a business that’s grown for 30+ successful years. We now have over 200 employees, over 75 trucks and locations in South County San Diego, San Diego, North County San Diego, Inland Empire, Riverside County, and Orange County. Randy has greatly surpassed the success he read about in so many books. Not only is he a well known, well loved man, but he is the epitome of greatness when it comes to running a company.
Randy plans to continue growing New Way Landscape into a nation-wide Landscape Maintenance Company and anticipates being a large part of the next “big thing” - sustainability.
New Way has won numerous awards for Landscape Beautification, Xeriscape and Water Management with the Local and Statewide California Landscape Contractors Awards (CLCA)
2012 CLCA State Awards, Directors Place (4910) - 1st Place in Small Commercial Maintenance category
2012 CLCA Local Awards, Anchor Cove HOA - San Diego, 1st Place in the Commerical Maintenance Large HOA category
2012 CLCA Local Awards, Hilleary Park - San Diego, 1st Place in the California-Friendly Irrigation/Water Smart category
2012 CLCA Local Awards, Montefaro - San Diego - San Diego, 2nd Place in the Commercial Maintenance B category
2011 CLCA State Awards, Liberty Station - Pt. Loma, 2nd Place in the Unlimited Landscape Maintenance category...no size limit for monthly amounts
2011 CLCA San Diego Chapter/Beautification Awards, Liberty Station, 1stPlace in the Commercial Maintenance and Mixed-Use Housing category
2011 CLCA San Diego Chapter/Beautification Awards, Breeza, 1st Place in the Commercial Maintenance and HOA category
2011 CLCA San Diego Chapter/Beautification Awards, Mulberry @ Bressi Ranch, 2nd Place in the Commercial Maintenance and Mixed HOA category
2011 CLCA San Diego Chapter/Beautification Awards, Eucalyptus Ridge Military Housing, 2nd Place in the Commercial California-friendly Irrigation WaterSmart category
2010 CLCA State Awards, Breeza, 1st Place in the Condos/Townhouses Maintenance category
2010 CLCA State Awards, The Lakes in Rancho Santa Fe, 2nd Place for the in the Unlimited category - no size limit on monthly amounts. This community went up against corporate campuses, commercial campuses, commercial projects, hotels, shopping centers, etc
2010 CLCA San Diego Chapter/Beautification Awards, The Lakes in Rancho Santa Fe, 1st Place for the in the HOA Commercial Maintenance categor
2010 CLCA San Diego Chapter/ Beautification Awards, Stonebridge Estates, 1st Place for Commercial Maintenance and 2nd Place for Water-Smart/Commercial California-friendly Irrigation
----------- New Way did not enter into any CLCA awards from 1999 to 2008
1997 6,290,068 gallons of water saved this year equaling $11,077 in savings to the Monteloma Homeowners Association
1997 Local CLCA, Public Works "Landscape Beautification Achievement", for open space district-Chula Vista
1996 12,373,096 gallons of water saved over two years equaling $21,137 in savings to the Belsera Homeowners Association
1996 Statewide CLCA, "Outstanding Achievement Award" in Large Commercial Maintenance over Five Year Old Projects
1994 Statewide CLCA, "Outstanding Achievement Award" in two categories "Large and Medium Size Multi Residential Maintenance”
1993 Helix Water District "Water Awareness Award" for saving an association 3.3 million gallons of water
1992 Statewide CLCA, "Outstanding Achievement Award" in the category of "Large Multi Unit Residential Maintenance"
1991 San Diego Xeriscape Council, First Place in Xeriscape competition
1990 San Diego Xeriscape Council, finalist in Commercial Division