Herbi-Systems’ Owner Kenny Crenshaw Returns to Nation’s Capital: Will Oversee 300 Volunteers In Arlington Renewal Project July 28

Local business owner Kenny D. Crenshaw, president of Herbi-Systems, Inc., is gearing up for his annual trip to the nation’s capital. This year marks 11 years of patriotic volunteerism and leadership for Crenshaw. In D.C., he serves as a “champion” or leader in the Arlington National Cemetery Renewal and Remembrance project where he supervises 300 volunteers from across the country out of a total 500 participants. He leaves on July 23 and will take several family members and three of his employees with him.

Crenshaw’s “home crew” will consist of wife Melissa and three of his children: Amy, 18 Jenna, 16 and David, 14, as well as employees Tim Price, Jason Pope, and Marty Ogelsby. The big day is July 28.

Returning volunteer U.S. Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Tim Price is a territory manager for Lawn Care at Herbi-Systems. He served as a staff sergeant in an Iuka, Miss.-based Army National Guard unit sent to Najaf in 2005. Jason Pope, a territory manager for Industrial Weed Control at Herbi-Systems, also is a returning volunteer. Marty Oglesby, Industrial Weed Control technician-sports turf specialist, joins his co-workers this year as a first-time volunteer.

The Renewal and Remembrance project involves mulching, cabling of trees, pruning, planting and aerating of the grounds in the historic cemetery. According to Crenshaw, he and his 300-member team will add gypsum this year to improve soil organic matter and water penetration as well as increase rapid seed emergence. The crushed limestone pellets also are added for the purpose of raising soil pH for healthier grass, he advised. The labor of love occurs each July and is collectively valued at more than $200,000.

“I do it because it gives us a chance to give back to people who have served our country,” Crenshaw said. He also has a kinship with the project. His Uncle Ken Kruger, who served in the U.S. Navy, is buried at Arlington.

In his own community, Crenshaw also is recognized for his initiative. For the past seven years, he has been chairman for the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), lobbying to benefit and address the needs of small businesses. He also is on the state leadership council for NFIB. In addition, Herbi-Systems was a Top 5 finalist in the 2014 Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business Awards held in May. And the company garnered two Bartlett Chamber Barty awards for customer service and marketing in 2013.

Herbi-Systems is the largest privately owned lawn care provider in the Greater Memphis Area serving more than 8,000 homeowners as well as industrial, governmental and commercial entities. The company specializes in weed control and fertilization of turf and ornamentals, as well as industrial and right-of-way weed and brush control. Herbi-Systems added irrigation maintenance and repair to its roster of services in 2013. For more information on Herbi-Systems, call 382-5296 or visit www.herbi-systems.com and follow the company on Facebook.

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