While serving as goalkeeper for Georgia State’s soccer team his sophomore year, Greyson Walldorff suffered a concussion that forced him to not only give up his athletic scholarship but also reconfigure his identity. Luckily he had his lawn care business to fall back on. Walldorff founded Lawn Capital LLC in high school, expanding from a one-man shop to a five-person team while earning a B.B.A. in Finance from the Robinson College of Business. At first he maintained yards in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, toting his mother’s mower in his Toyota 4Runner. Now he serves more than 100 clients and owns two box trucks. “It’s been a mess doing it all,” Walldorff laughs.
Walldorff read a bunch of gardening books one winter break in order to familiarize himself with the horticulture side of things. His finance degree will elevate his ability to handle operations and cash flows. Last summer he completed an internship at Formation Capital, a private equity firm that focuses on senior care homes. “I learned how a big shop operates its financial sheets and Excel workbooks,” Walldorff says. “I modeled a lot of that in my business.”
Walldorff also participated in Panthers on Wall Street, Robinson’s four-day immersion in New York City finance that gave him a big-picture perspective. “Going up there was like finally seeing your favorite sports team play live,” he says. “Seeing how those guys operate firsthand was awesome.”