Bill Bazzel is owner of EAM Landscaping, Inc., an Atlanta-based company that provides maintenance and installation services and stormwater solutions primarily to subdivisions, office parks, and condominium complexes across Georgia. He is also CEO and president of PondBusters, which specializes in detention pond maintenance management, inspection and certification to meet EPA requirements.
After a lucrative 27-year career in the mortgage industry, executing over $1 billion in loans at Bank of America and NetBank, Bill purchased EAM Landscaping in 2015. With the EPA’s increasing stormwater requirements, his rare dual expertise in both areas is a valuable asset to his EAM clients, which include Pep Boys, Extra Space Storage, and Cortland Partners. Bill not only identifies stormwater and landscape issues that could affect the property, structure, or EPA compliance, but he also is able to provide insight into the potential impact on property or mortgage values.
Bill’s interest shifted to landscaping after decades of witnessing the correlation between landscape and water-related issues and property/mortgage values. However, an epiphany in 2011 truly changed his career trajectory, after he read the book Half Time. by Bob Buford. “I had a successful career as a mortgage banker/lender of record, but I didn’t want to be a broker; I had no passion for it”, he explains. “I kept asking myself, what am I passionate about?” For Bill, the answer was obvious. Three short years later, he purchased a landscaping company.
He adds, “I have a very proud mortgage background and now I’m in the really cool position of being able to use that knowledge to help people on the other side of the property coin. But the same thing drives me. I want people to be in the best possible situation and clean water is an absolute.”
His commitment to this mantra encompasses both his professional and personal life, with his involvement in charities such as BuildinGUATE, which seeks to empower a community in Guatemala that formerly lived on top of a municipal landfill with vital resources and the promise of God’s love. Bill offers this sage advice: “Read Bob’s book and find halftime. You can reinvent yourself. Change your career, do something significant, give back. Find your passion and follow it.”
Owner – EAM Landscaping, Inc.
6300 Powers Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30339