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April 10, 2010

Father/son business wins awards for being green

Pitchers team reuses materials.

Kokomo — Old stones and wood give The Quarry restaurant its unique look and design.

The stones and wood were destined to be discarded — until a local property-management company saw green in the trash.

Fortune Management and 5 Kingdoms Development LLC practice what they preach: One man’s trash is another man’s green treasure.

Fortune is owned by Scott Pitcher. His son, Brandon, owns 5KD. Reusing local materials rather than discarding them has now brought the father and son green honors.

And it has nothing to do with dollar bills.

Sponsored by Rolls-Royce and organized by Green Fest Expos Inc., Fortune won the Indiana Green Business Award in the category for sustainable use of local material for its revitalization of Kokomo’s west side, Forest Park Shopping Center and, in particular, the interior and exterior of The Quarry.

“My wife [Heather] and I are very pro-environment. We do our part with being green,” said Scott Futerfas, The Quarry’s owner. “The stone and wood here make the place unique, especially the courtyard, and it was all going to be thrown out as garbage. In this day and age, that is hard to believe.

“When we were looking at relocating here, we really loved the courtyard’s beauty. We did help some on the inside, but the courtyard was all [Fortune Management’s] original work. To see how beautiful it is really speaks volumes about their work. If they’ve won an award because of it, I can’t help but to congratulate them. Their work is a good sign for the environment. It is tremendous.”

Brandon Pitcher also was honored with the Green Entrepreneur of the Year award for his lifelong dedication to sustainable education.

For years, Brandon has been preaching and lecturing worldwide about creating a sustainable society; a society that satisfies its ecology needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations.

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