The New York Real Estate Journal recently sat down with its Executive of the Month, Mike Ryan, president of LandTek for a question and answer session.

Q: What is LandTek?

A: LandTek is a specialized construction company focusing on athletic fields and sports facilities construction. The company builds projects for high schools, colleges, universities and professional sports teams. We started as a landscape company almost 40 years ago and now we are one of the largest companies in the sports field construction sector. Today, we have over 350 people working in 12 states including Florida, where we recently expanded with the acquisition of Sports Turf One in Boynton Beach.

Q: What are the key influences in your work today?

A: Safety is a significant factor today. Schools and facilities want to ensure safe playing surfaces for all athletes. There is also a tremendous demand for college and private schools to upgrade facilities for students and athletes. Parents want their children to play on modern, safe and functional fields. Historically, kids who are involved in high school and college sports do better academically. As colleges and high schools are competing for students, they need to present quality facilities to gain interest and generate applicants.

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