BRITO’S LANDSCAPING SERVICES LLC
GRASS IS GREENER: Brito’s Landscaping Services co-owner Mike Brito, left, with his son, Jonathan Brito. The younger Brito came onboard a few years ago to handle project management.
Mike Brito, owner and general manager of Brito’s Landscaping Services LLC, believes in letting a higher power guide his future.
So when he discovered he had somewhat of a gift for landscape design, after years spent working in heavier construction, he went with it and developed a small business that has brought him success, even in challenging times.
“We had our best year ever last year. I don’t know how to explain it but we answer to a higher authority,” Brito said. “[Landscaping] just seemed like an obvious fit for me. I was kind of guided to it, I guess.”
Growing up in Bristol, he had a front-row seat to the development of C. Brito Construction Co., the still-standing company his grandfather, Cesar Brito, began in the 1950s after he emigrated from the Cape Verdean island of Saint Vincent, with gas-main installations and expanded in the 1960s with municipal sewer and water systems.
Mike Brito’s father, Joseph Brito Sr., eventually took the company over and expanded to include underground utility work. As a result, C.B. Utility Co. was incorporated in 1989 and now is run by Mike’s brother, Joseph Brito Jr.
“That’s where I get my background in construction from,” Mike Brito said. “I never really had any formal training. Life brings me down different roads and I followed the one that was in front of me. I came up the ranks and learned that way.”
After graduating high school, Brito, 55, worked for his family’s company and some others before meeting his wife, Sally, and settling down in East Greenwich about 12 years ago.
At that point he felt himself facing a now-or-never situation when it came to starting his own business and he decided to take the plunge.
“I felt I better do something on my own if I [was] ever going to and we started this little show,” Brito said. “It’s developed into a pretty passionate thing.”
The Britos established Brito’s Landscaping Services LLC in 2005.
In the beginning it was just Brito designing and constructing a few walkways. Once he realized he had a talent for the design aspect of the business he expanded to include what now has become full patio design, including fire pits, stone work, kitchen work and entryways for residential clients.
The company also performs commercial work through R.I. Department of Transportation contracts for bridge demolitions and closures, including the demolition of the Anthony Road Bridge in Foster last year.