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When Stacey Tompkins is hiring, she looks for more than just an impressive résumé. As president and owner of landscape-construction company Tompkins Excavating, she views employees as extended family.

“We spend a lot of time recruiting and training the right people,” Tompkins says. That means finding individuals who are talented, yes, but who also share Tompkins’ values.

That attention to detail has paid off. Since Tompkins stepped into the role of president, in 2013, growth has become a defining characteristic at the company. Over the past several years, revenue has more than doubled, to a projected $1.8 million. And the company has won accolades for both its business savvy and philanthropy.

“We’re looking to diversify the portfolio of work we’re doing,” Tompkins explains. Her goal is more commercial projects. So far, so good: Tompkins is currently developing a shopping center in Peekskill that will feature national brands, like Family Dollar and AutoZone.

Tompkins has long played a role in the family business: Her husband, Mark, founded the company in 1986. But when she stepped into a leadership role, she brought an impressive skill set to bear full-time.

“I came with a lot of management experience from my past life,” Tompkins explains of her background in corporate dining. Her diverse pedigree translates into a powerful leadership style: “Honest, fair, direct, and compassionate,” in her own words.

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