Include Software founder Bill Seven recognized it back in the 1980s while working as the lead estimator for a landscape company. Nothing on the market fit his needs, so he created his own: Lbase Estimating, the first commercially available PC program specifically for landscape businesses. In 1996, Include became the first industry focused software company to provide products for Windows, and added a data collection solution for Palm in 1997.
Include Software now offers Asset, Asset Client Portal and iCREWtek: a fully integrated software program with mobile capabilities for crews in the field.
Today, Include serves over 250 companies throughout North America. Our clients include landscape contractors, maintenance companies, snow and ice management/removal businesses, interior plantscapers, nurseries, lawn and garden centers.
I am the Director of Client Care Services and have been with Include since 2009. I love and embrace the challenges that I face on a daily basis and, without exception, learn something new every day! My business/finance/accounting background led me to paths from large corporations to small businesses (details on LinkedIn) and dropped me at the front door of Include – the best gig by far!
It is a privilege to work with the most amazing clients ever – ours are truly the best! My goal is to have every single one of them jumping for joy over our products and our service. Include clients deserve the very best and I strive to provide it to them.
Speaking of privileges…I consider myself so very lucky to work with the most amazing group of people – Team Include is awesome! And nothing makes me happier than completing crushing each and every one of them at our “friendly” game of corn hole on Friday evenings!
With a background in accounting, I have worked with Asset for the past several years in the landscape/design industry and currently I work with Include Software as a software trainer to help our clients experience all that Asset has to offer. Having gone through an implementation myself – I feel I can offer my clients a unique perspective on the process of switching over to a new software while understanding the growing pains as well. This has allowed me to forge some wonderful relationships with our many clients as they can see how my dedication to their training process takes them from start to finish.
An animal lover, motorcycle rider and outdoor enthusiast—I live near Asheville, North Carolina where I spend my time enjoying the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, volunteering at my local animal rescue and cruising the back roads on my bike.
As a child, I was tasked with summer chores like weeding the rose garden, and helping to plant and harvest the vegetable garden. These childhood “chores” evolved into something I enjoyed. I have a passion for being outside, whether it is getting my hands dirty gardening, coaching and watching sports, or being on the Chesapeake Bay. Outdoors is where I would prefer to be. So, when the opportunity to work for a high-end residential design build company presented itself, it seemed a good fit. I never imagined that almost 25 years later I would still be working in the landscape industry.
I feel fortunate to have worked for Include for the past 20+ years. I wake up every day and do something that I truly enjoy, and with people I honestly like being around. I travel quite extensively to industry events to stay current on the changing needs of the landscape industry. Learning from our clients, consultants, and peers is also a focus of mine; I want to know what they need to help their businesses grow and thrive. This valuable information is used to help build and improve the software and services Include provides. I personally get great satisfaction knowing that what Include Software does as a team is unmatched in our industry. We provide leading edge software with top-notch customer service, and make a positive impact on people and their businesses every single day.
I spend much of my time outdoors, in the sun. Even though I’m Irish and can easily get a sunburn walking around the block, my favorite pastime is lounging on the beach. When I’m not at the beach or in the sun, I can be found at my CrossFit box attempting to complete a WOD, baking my famous cupcakes or snuggling with my kitty.
Include Software, because of their understanding of the landscape industry, truly has helped us focus on the right topics. They’re helping us to understand how to manage hours and costs and putting it all together in real-time information that we can understand.
Strathmeyer Landscape – Brian Strathmeyer