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Herbi-Systems’ Owner returns to Nation’s Capital: will oversee 300 volunteers in Arlington renewal project

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Local business owner Kenny D. Crenshaw, president of Herbi-Systems, Inc., geared up for his annual trip to the nation’s capital.
This year marks 12 years of patriotic volunteerism and leadership for Crenshaw.  In D.C., he serves as a “champion” or leader in the Arlington National Cemetery Renewal and Remembrance project where he supervises 300 volunteers from across the country out of a total 500 participants.
Last year, he picked up the inaugural Workhorse Award from then-Professional Landcare Network (now known as National Association of Landscape Professionals) for his longstanding commitment to the project.
This year, he will again take several family members with him plus two of his employees, enlisting them in the tradition.
Crenshaw’s “home crew” consist of wife Melissa and three of his children: Michael, 20, Jenna, 17 and David, 15, as well as industrial weed control technicians and returning volunteers Phil Davis and Lee Tapley.  The big day is July 20.  (www.landscapeprofessionals.org/nalp)
The 19th annual National Association of Landscape Professionals Renewal and Remembrance project involves mulching, cabling of trees, pruning, planting and aerating of more than 200 acres of the grounds in the historic cemetery.
According to Crenshaw, he and his 300-member team added gypsum last year to improve soil organic matter and water penetration as well as increase rapid seed emergence.
The crushed limestone pellets also are added for the purpose of raising soil pH for healthier grass, he advised. The labor of love occurs each July and is collectively valued at more than $200,000.
“I do it because it gives us a chance to give back to people who have served our country,” Crenshaw said.  He also has a kinship with the project.  His Uncle Ken Kruger, who served in the U.S. Navy, is buried at Arlington.
In his own community, Crenshaw also is recognized for his initiative.  Herbi-Systems was a Top 5 finalist in the 2014 Memphis Business Journal’s Small Business Awards.
The company garnered two Bartlett Chamber Barty awards for customer service and marketing in 2013, and Crenshaw was the organization’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Crenshaw to the state Pest Control Board in Dec. 2012 (serving through 2016). Crenshaw also received the Patriot Award in 2012 given by the Employers in Support of Guard and Reserve.

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