About Archer Services
Paul and I were born in Wichita Kansas, where we spent our early years. Paul is the youngest and I am the oldest of four boys. We were raised in a hardworking Catholic family where family is everything, and we sure had a lot of it! We had a one acre lot and being outdoors was everything to us. Paul was too young in Kansas to do any of the yard work, but I had been begging my father at a very early age to start mowing the yard; mainly because I wanted to drive our Craftsman riding lawn mower. My dad would not let any of us use the riding mower until we could push mow the entire lot and let me tell you at the age of 10 one acre seems like 20 now. As soon as my dad let me, I was giving it a go and before I knew it I was not only mowing our yard but I was helping some of my neighbors with their yards as well. In 1989 our Dad, who was a computer engineer at NCR, was laid off. As much as we love the small town life, this event which was traumatic at the time, completely changed our world and brought us amazing opportunities that we never would have had in a smaller community. Our dad was hired by Compaq and we moved on Christmas morning of 1989 to start a new chapter in our lives. As soon as we were established in Spring Texas I started mowing all of our neighbor’s yards. By the time I was a Senior at Klein High School in 1995 I was mowing 40 yards a week by myself and helped put myself through college at Texas Tech where I received a degree in Landscape Architecture in 2000. During my college years I worked for Home Depot and I was able to work in several positions at the store in Lubbock.
After graduating I went to work at Mirror Lake in Spring Texas. They are a landscape architecture residential design build firm. They specialize in the construction of Pools, Spas, and Water Features of all kinds, Landscaping, and Night Lighting. Shawn Kelly has developed an amazing and very unique design style. I can still tell to this day when Mirror Lake has done a landscape. While I was there I did some designing, but I mainly spent time in the field learning how to build. I also met another Landscape Architect named Michael Harris. We both worked at Mirror Lake for a while and eventually both left at different times for different reasons. By this time I was married and had 2 children. I went back to Home Depot and thought I would make a run of it there. This time I made it up into management and that is where I decided that the corporate life was not for me. I took another position in the store during the night and started my own company installing small landscapes during the day. One day on my way to work I happened to run into Michael Harris again. We talked briefly to catch up on things, and I found out that he had started his own company when he left Mirror Lake. It was a few months after that that I went to work for him at his company, Outdoor Living Environments. Burning the candle at both ends took its toll on me so I left Home Depot after 2.5 years and went to work for him. This was an amazing opportunity for me! I was able to work closely with Michael (who had worked very closely with Shawn) and had developed a very similar style over the years. Michael had an extreme passion for customer service and offering quality. While I was there we each developed our own roles, I was more of the numbers guy so I priced out all of the jobs, brought in computers and started designing everything in 3D. I also ran all of my own projects from start to finish.
Now, Paul is 9 years younger that I am so the mowing business I started ten years earlier was handed down from brother to brother until finally Paul got his chance too. All of my brothers mowed quite a few yards all the way up until college. In 2003 Paul graduated from Klein and then went off to TSTC in Waco to get an associate’s degree in Landscape Design and Maintenance. While he was there he worked for a landscape maintenance company in Waco, which was a larger scale than he was used to, so he learned quite a bit from the owner. After graduating from TSTC he left Waco and moved back home to Spring Texas. He wanted a bachelor’s degree so he enrolled at Sam Houston and worked on his degree in business management. While working there he joined me at Outdoor Living Environments. His duties included all of the odds and ends such as installing the specialty items, warranties, picking up materials, and helping to close down jobs. We both worked closely with Michael.
After a period of almost 7 years Paul and I saw that OLE could be more than it was. Many of our clients loved our customer service and professionalism so much that they wanted us to help maintain these beautiful landscapes that we had just installed. Paul and I had been doing this part time on the side to help support our families. By this time I had a growing family with 4 boys and Paul was trying to pay for college and dating his future wife. Again Paul and I were burning the candle at both ends working 6 to 7 days a week and not making any financial headway. So we approached Michael about adding a maintenance side to the company that Paul and I could run. This did not go over very well and shortly after Paul and I both left Outdoor Living Environments. In September of 2008 we started Archer Services with the idea that we could truly be a one stop shop. Things have changed a lot since 2008 and we have learned a lot about running a business. Offering too many services and services that are too customized to each client makes it impossible to offer reliable and quality service to anyone, especially at an affordable price. So now we have narrowed our focus.
Paul and I firmly believe in education. We try to enroll in all of the extra classes that we can through our vendors. I went to a class for several days to become certified by ICPI to install pavers. Paul and I are both licensed irrigators and Paul has a license by the state of Texas to apply fertilizers and pesticides. We are also part of a group that was founded in Houston called OHBA. We are constantly trying to better ourselves in order to better serve all of our wonderful clients that trust us to give them the best in service and quality.