Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
Dana Corporation World Headquarters
1996 Owens Graduate
"Anything worth having is not easy. I would not be where I am today without my education. It made me stronger."
Profile of Excellence: Eric Hupp
Owens Community College Alumnus
Eric Hupp, Grounds Supervisor for Dana Corporation's World Headquarters in Toledo, is proud of his work. As he puts it, "Our job is to create Dana's first impression to visitors. I take that responsibility very seriously since you only get to make that first impression once."
Visit the Dana Campus on Dorr Street and you would agree that Eric's attention to detail certainly makes an impact. The lush green grass, wooded tree lines and natural setting make you feel more like you are at a park than a business. The Campus, set on 180 acres, has a self-sufficient, environmentally-friendly grounds staff that fluctuates between only four people in the winter months to fourteen in the growing season.
In 1987, when he graduated from Start High School, Eric was not sure of his career path. He began classes at the University of Toledo, but knew he had not yet found his niche. Eric worked at greenhouses throughout high school and while working at The Andersons heard about Owens Community College's Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program. The seed had been planted.
For the next few years, Eric attended Owens full-time, worked part-time at United Parcel Service, and was married with a new baby. "Owens offered classes at a variety of times that allowed me to juggle my hectic schedule," explains Eric, describing his sleep-deprived college days. He states, "Anything worth having is not easy. I would not be where I am today without my education. It made me stronger."
In 1993, Eric worked at Dana to earn Owens internship credit. He was then hired as Dana's Assistant Groundskeeper in 1994. Following two more years working full-time at Dana, part-time at UPS, and being a part-time student at Owens, he graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree, specializing in Landscape and Turfgrass Management.
Eric was promoted to Grounds Maintenance Supervisor in January 2000 and given the responsibility for the entire grounds operations. This would include pesticide application, fertilizing and mowing, ornamental pruning and maintenance on all the equipment and irrigation system. Everything is recycled, generating over 200 yards of compost annually. In warm weather, the grounds are complemented with Williamsburg-style flowers, utilizing an impressive pot-in-pot system, which Eric's group devised. They can grow bulb flowers in a controlled greenhouse and when flowering, plant them in more than 3,000 pots around the campus. Later, they are replaced with annuals to give a consistent look.
"There is a science and fine balance to maintaining a campus of this size and we do it all," says Eric. He knows his Owens education prepared him well to make that lasting first impression.
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