Steve Mills is the CEO and chairman of the board at Webb Landscape and serves on the boards of Sun Valley Economic Development and Wood River Economic Partnership. In the early 1970s with an education in business and design, Steve borrowed $10,000 to launch a young men’s sportswear line in an emerging new market. Initial demand came from the booming music industry as bands focused on more innovative clothing. The brands Madman and Impulse were launched in specialty boutiques across the country and rapidly expanded into major stores with sales showrooms from Denver to New York. Over the following years, Steve collaborated with other young entrepreneurs A. Smile Jeans, Hide Out Leathers and Larry Mahan Western Wear to capitalize on growing demand for innovative men’s fashions. The company reached annual sales of $11,000,000, opened a design studio and trading company in Hong Kong, and began to license the various brands overseas.
Leaving the company in the 1980s he identified another emerging trend mixing retail store environment with industrial design and high quality sportswear, watches and accessories made in titanium, stainless steel, Pirelli style rubber and leather. Steve approached the public Japanese company Durban who were marketing under the I:xiz brand and procured the license for North America. Based on the initial success of this venture Durban International acquired the U.S. Company and Steve became the president of Durban International and expanded all the company’s brands. At this stage Steve focused on procuring store locations in transitional neighborhoods from Santa Monica to SoHo and working with architects and the company’s designers to bring a new look to the American retail scene.
In 1990 he collaborated with the Italian apparel company Replay and launched wholesale distribution and company owned stores in the U.S. carrying the Replay jeans and sportswear collections.
After spending decades in a fast paced industry and traveling constantly, Steve decided to move his family to Idaho in the mid 1990s and enjoy a simpler life.
In conversation with a friend, Doug Webb, the offer to bring his business acumen and enthusiasm for high-value product and service was made and Steve joined Webb Landscape. Together they made the transition to an Employee Owned Company and Doug retired. Webb is currently the 115th largest landscape company in the United States and prides itself on its’ high-value relationships with clients and the community.