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About Us Greater Texas Foundation emerged in its present form following the election of its predecessor entity, the Greater Texas Student Loan Corporation, to expand its charitable purpose.  Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, the foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase rates of post-secondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to post-secondary success. In 2014, the foundation underwent a comprehensive review of its work and related issues. Throughout this process the foundation maintained its focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and success in Texas, but also explored how it might increase its positive impact in a quickly-changing postsecondary landscape. GTF’s resulting strategy includes an appreciation for the following: The foundation believes support for regional-level work is critical so that regions across Texas can better collaborate, share information, and align systems that support the success of all students. The foundation believes a focus on specific issues can provide leverage points for improving postsecondary outcomes across Texas. In addition to being a grantmaking organization, the foundation believes we have a responsibility to use multiple roles to achieve greater impact, including roles related to research, convening, and policy advocacy. Finally, the foundation believes that by addressing these three areas as part of GTF’s new strategy, we can be more strategic, flexible, and ultimately effective in advancing the cause of postsecondary education in the state of Texas. The foundation realizes that many of the challenges facing Texas are enormous, much bigger than we alone can address.  For this reason the foundation works hard to engage other state and national funders to partner with in achieving our specific goals and objectives.  During our time as a grantmaking entity, we have come far and learned much about the challenges that Texas students face on their road to post-secondary completion.  This is why we continue to focus our efforts on helping students overcome many of these challenges. If you would like to read more about this journey, please visit Our Strategy page. More detailed historical information can be found in the Foundation History section to the left or click here.
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Greater Texas Landscape

In 2009, Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) underwent a six-month strategic planning process in partnership with FSG, in which the foundation examined current and projected educational needs in Texas and how the foundation’s efforts could be best aligned to address those needs. This strategy led to the adoption of the foundation’s focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion in the state of Texas. Since then, through administering grants, creating relationships, and convening stakeholders, Greater Texas Foundation has worked to deepen its understanding of the postsecondary landscape in Texas and enhance its ability to create positive change.
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Greater Texas Landscape

Greater Texas Foundation emerged in its present form following the election of its predecessor entity, the Greater Texas Student Loan Corporation, to expand its charitable purpose.  Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, the foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase rates of post-secondary enrollment and completion for all Texas students, with a particular focus on students who may encounter barriers to post-secondary success.
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With us, the grass is always greener. 30 years of superior landscaping experience. Building beautiful landscapes, from the ground up. Professional, memorable landscape development. We love what we do. And you will, too. Contact Greater Texas Landscape Services today. The natural choice in commercial landscaping. Contact Greater Texas Landscape Services today.
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Welcome to the flagship location of Greater Texas Landscape Services, the South Central Texas Branch- serving Austin, Waco, and now Houston/ Beaumont. Since 1981, our team has been pioneering progressive landscape management services that are in harmony with our community’s values. An environmentally sensitive approach that accentuates our region’s natural beauty has always been a guiding principle as we have grown with the region. As the leader in the industry, we are continually seeking alternatives to standard practices that will add value to our services as well as have a positive impact on our resources and environment.
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Baylor graduate Bryan DuBose leads our Dallas office. Thoroughly experienced in all phases of the landscape industry, Bryan has been instrumental in putting the customer service and production systems in place that have become the trademark of Greater Texas Landscape Services. Because we bring an employee-ownership aspect to the region, Bryan has assembled an enthusiastic team that can serve the needs of our customers. Key members include:
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Baylor graduate Bryan DuBose leads our Dallas office. Thoroughly experienced in all phases of the landscape industry, Bryan has been instrumental in putting the customer service and production systems in place that have become the trademark of Greater Texas Landscape Services. Because we bring an employee-ownership aspect to the region, Bryan has assembled an enthusiastic team that can serve the needs of our customers. Key members include: Jared Nash- Business Development Garrett Conner- Business Development Robert Kapitan- Construction Division Manager Licensed irrigation technicians, seasoned production managers and crew leaders, and a dedicated support staff round out the team. As employee-owners, our staff is eager to see that we exceed your expectations!  
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The foundation realizes that many of the challenges facing Texas are enormous, much bigger than we alone can address.  For this reason the foundation works hard to engage other state and national funders to partner with in achieving our specific goals and objectives.  During our time as a grantmaking entity, we have come far and learned much about the challenges that Texas students face on their road to post-secondary completion.  This is why we continue to focus our efforts on helping students overcome many of these challenges.
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In 2014, the foundation underwent a comprehensive review of its work and related issues. Throughout this process the foundation maintained its focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and success in Texas, but also explored how it might increase its positive impact in a quickly-changing postsecondary landscape.
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In 2014, after five years of executing this strategy, GTF again partnered with FSG to undertake a comprehensive review of its work. Throughout this process the foundation maintained its focus on postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and success in Texas – but also explored how it might increase its positive impact in a quickly-changing postsecondary landscape. Please read on for a brief overview of the research that informed the foundation’s strategic planning process as well as an overview of the resulting updates to the foundation’s strategy.
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GTL Vice President and Austin Regional Manager Ruth Ramonis likes to say that she has been cutting grass for 35 years.  Her entrance into the landscape industry started innocently enough. While earning a degree in education in Ohio, she worked in the school’s grounds department. After graduation, Ruth stayed on as the sports field manager and eventually as head of the grounds department. A desire to live in a warmer climate brought her to Houston and eventually Austin, where she has been ever since. A details oriented person, Ruth leaves no stone unturned as she continues to look for improved ways to provide exceptional quality, value, and customer service for her customers. Ruth is assisted in this effort by the following key staff members: Lance Stacha- Houston Branch Manager Collin Swift- Business Development Chris Harris- Business Development Paul Clute- Austin Regional Construction Manager Tenured production managers, licensed irrigation technicians, landscape designers, crew leaders, and a full support staff- some with 30+ years of experience, make up the backbone of our production team. As employee-owners, our staff is eager to see that we exceed your expectations!
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In an area the size of the DFW Metroplex, the ability to respond quickly for our customers is a priority. With branch offices in Plano and Ft. Worth, our team takes pride in its customer-focused communications, leading to adaptable service plans tailored to their individual needs. This approach to service has proven to be so popular with our customers that they have asked us to expand our service area. Our crews are now providing service to East Texas, Abilene, Midland/Odessa, and Big Spring.
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GTL Vice President and Austin Regional Manager Ruth Ramonis likes to say that she has been cutting grass for 35 years.  Her entrance into the landscape industry started innocently enough. While earning a degree in education in Ohio, she worked in the school’s grounds department. After graduation, Ruth stayed on as the sports field manager and eventually as head of the grounds department. A desire to live in a warmer climate brought her to Houston and eventually Austin, where she has been ever since. A details oriented person, Ruth leaves no stone unturned as she continues to look for improved ways to provide exceptional quality, value, and customer service for her customers. Ruth is assisted in this effort by the following key staff members:

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