Stilwell businessman with ‘giving heart’ helps behind scenes
STILWELL – Tyler Fourkiller is all business when it comes to his successful and growing lawn care operation, but he’s also making a difference behind the scenes, according to those who know him best.
“The work that Tyler does, especially in his home community, there’s a whole bunch of it that goes unnoticed,” friend and fellow Cherokee Nation citizen Lane Kindle said. “He’s always willing to pitch in and help anyone that needs any kind of assistance. He’s not worried about what’s in it for Tyler.”
Fourkiller, 27, of Stilwell, owns and operates Fourkiller Lawn Solutions LLC, which has a growing clientele that includes the CN and its Tahlequah, Roland and Grove casinos. Friends say Fourkiller has a “giving heart” behind the scenes, caring for residential lawns and cutting trees at no charge for residents in need. For his efforts, Fourkiller will receive the business award during the Cherokee Phoenix Seven Feathers Gala, which will be held virtually at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 on the Cherokee Phoenix Facebook page.
“To be nominated for that, it’s really an honor,” Fourkiller said. “I really enjoy helping people out, you know, when I can. It’s always been something that my parents have taught me, my grandparents have taught me and stuff. I don’t really hang my hat on it or anything. I just think that that’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Born and raised in Stilwell, Fourkiller attended Connors State College, then transferred to Northeastern State University. The seeds for his future business, however, were sown while still in high school.
“I was down at our house we used to live in with my dad, and he made a suggestion that I should mow some lawns, you know, for some side money,” Fourkiller said. “I kind of thought about it, and I was like, sure it sounds great. So that’s kind of where it started.”
After college, he said, the business “kind of snowballed.”
“I got my bachelor’s degree here from Northeastern State and had intentions of going on the road doing oil and gas stuff,” he said. “Deal kind of fell through, so I kind of looked at the business and what I thought it might do in a couple of years. So I went out on a limb and just went at it full time.”
Lawn care became Fourkiller’s “everyday job,” he said, one that has grown annually since.
“It’s kind of been a really interesting journey,” he said. “I’ve been the guy on the weed eater. I’ve been the guy on the mower. I’ve been the guy in the skid loader. I’ve done a little bit of everything, and I really do enjoy that. But, you know now, it’s more of me on the phone, being behind the desk, doing things like that. I always have my hand in something.”
Fourkiller said he has 15-16 full-time employees on three mowing crews and a landscaping/irrigation crew.
“We stay pretty busy with those four crews,” he said. “But we get into some tree work and bunch of other little odds and ends in the off-season. We’re finally to the point now where we have a shop being built and I’ll have a full-time secretary, and then I’ll have a guy or two underneath me that stays in the office with me to help logistics-wise, scheduling and stuff like that. So, it’s always something new. We’re really excited about that.”
For information, call 918-905-0362 or visit Fourkiller Lawn Solutions’ Facebook page.