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Coppell Landscaper Vies for ‘Worker of the Year’

Praytor in Top 5 of national award competition



    Coppell Landscaper Vies for ‘Worker of the Year’
    Jay Praytor and family.

    by Bruce Felps

    Jay Praytor founded his Coppell landscaping business on the principles of integrity and pride. He could add compassion to the mix.

    About a year ago, the daughter of a Praytor Landscape customer died in a tragic spring break accident. The parents asked Praytor to plant a tree at the daughter’s school to honor her memory. Praytor, according to his wife, Amy, rallied local businesses to help fund not only a tree but a total makeover for the school’s garden.

    He once noticed a faulty door in his eye-doctor’s waiting room while, yes, waiting for an appointment and repaired the door of his own volition.

    That type of care and dedication earned Praytor a spot in the top five finalists of the Dickies Clothing "America's Worker of the Year 2011" competition. Oh, right, he also wears Dickies work clothes to go along with that pride, integrity, dedication, and compassion.

    That contest link goes to the Facebook page where people can vote through June 27 for the American Worker of the Year, which carries a $50,000 top prize.

    He’s one of five now. Make him one of one.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. No way would he ever make this list.