AS SEEN IN Oyster Pointer, November 2007: Written by Nancy Sykes
From a “me, myself and I” one-person operation in 1998, President Kevin Tucker has built Virginia Lake Management into a two-office, eight person, three-state business. “When I started, my office was my vehicle,” says Tucker. “I did every job myself. That’s the best kind of quality control!”
Virginia Lake Management (VLM) was recently named the exclusive Lake Mapping Partner in Virginia for Cabela’s Trophy Properties, the world’s foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. This honor affirms Tucker’s efforts to put his company in the forefront of the lake and retention pond management business. It also recognizes his commitment to keeping his company on the cutting edge with constant innovation.
Fountains and water treatment, including aeration, form the bulk of VLM’s business. Currently the company manages (with different levels of service) approximately 400 bodies of water. All come under Tucker’s supervision at some time or another. “I’m involved in everything,” says Tucker.
“The buck stops with me.” Aesthetic beauty and ecological balance are what customers care about. Water is a dynamic environment that changes with every rainfall. Annual contracts allow continuing checkups (usually twice a month) to monitor a pond’s “health.” If a lake or pond is already experiencing problems, it can be restored to its original beauty.
Kevin Tucker of Virginia Lake Management Customers include homeowners associations, businesses, and cities in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. The GPS mapping survey provides information essential to developing a management plan. Algae and aquatic weed control, fish stocking and water testing are services also available. “We have a 98 percent customer retention rate,” says Tucker.
VLM participates in field trials and case studies to test new products. “This assures us access to the best products—-the latest and greatest. This work is unpaid but it is an investment in the future,” says Tucker.
Tucker opened the Oyster Point office in January 2000. He has an office in Virginia Beach, where he lives, and will soon open one in Fredericksburg. “A person has to be a self starter to work here,” says Tucker. “Most employees work alone.” He considers his employees a team and rewards them by sharing his success.
Tucker is a high-energy multitasker himself. He grew up in York County and graduated from James Madison University with a management and finance degree. For a time he worked with a landscaping contractor to gain a background in horticulture. He realized that there was a need—-an unfulfilled demand—-for the services he now provides. “I felt I could do it better,” he says.
What about the future? “I may buy out other companies to expand,” he says. Tucker is already involved in 8-10 different businesses with partners.
“I’m not an 8-5 person,” he says. He puts in 60- to 70-hour weeks and returns phone calls while driving between jobs. However, he is a committed family man with three children.
He has a complete office set up at home and is often available to pick up a child from school. “I make it work,” says Tucker. “I have to keep my priorities straight.” His passion, when there’s time, is surfing.
“I pack my personal time full!”
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