Troy Scott: A Heavenly Opportunity
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter
SAN JOSE — When Troy Scott started working at Heavenly Greens as a sale rep in 2006, he never thought he’d eventually own the company. “I was drawn to this company by a fascination with the artificial turf industry,” he remembers. “Not only was it an innovative, growing industry, I had a feeling that water conservation would continue to be a trend, which it has. I started handling marketing for the company, and I eventually got promoted to vice president of marketing. In 2017, Tim Netherton, who was vice president of sales, and I acquired the company from the original owner.”
Today, Troy says his favorite part of his job is applying cutting-edge technology to Heavenly Greens’ operations. “I enjoy creating systems that make our company run more efficiently. We’re pretty unique in the sense that we deploy a lot of enterprise-level software that a business like ours wouldn’t normally use.” A resident of San Jose (where he lives with his wife, Cathy, and their dogs, Roxy and Moose), Troy spends his time outside of work on a variety of pastimes. “I enjoy outdoor activities like riding dirt bikes and camping,” he details. “I also have a Formula 1 racing simulator, which is a lot of fun. You can join an internet league and race people from all over the world.” Troy also enjoys running his side business ventures, one of which is a digital marketing agency that’s geared toward artificial turf companies.
In regard to a professional philosophy, Troy espouses the value of maintaining a family dynamic. “We’re a family-owned business, and we strive to treat all of our employees like family,” he explains. “We have regular gatherings and events for them, including an annual awards banquet where we recognize team members for their work and achievements. We also make sure our employees are taken care of, even during lean times, like this past year with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is for everyone to feel like a valued member of the Heavenly Greens family.”
When asked about the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Troy says he’d go camping. “I’d probably plan an extended camping trip with some of my close friends. After that, I’d get back to work on one of my side businesses. I’m not the kind of person who likes to sit still for too long—I like keeping busy and innovating.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Are you an early bird or a night owl? A: I’m a night owl by nature, but I’ve had to become an early bird by necessity.
Q: What’s your favorite book? A: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? A: New Zealand.
Q: Music or talk radio? A: Music.
Q: If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
A: I would go to the past, maybe the old American West, just to enjoy the slower pace of life.