Keys pass to new owner of Bell Land Surveys

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

Scott Leiffer, new owner of Bell Land Surveys LLC, accepts the keys his newly purchased business in the Louisa Industrial Air Park from Patricia Hicks and Joe DiMeglio. The pair, along with a third partner, Mary Johnson (not pictured), are happy to pass the torch to their former employee.

Scott Leiffer, new owner of Bell Land Surveys LLC, accepts the keys his newly purchased business in the Louisa Industrial Air Park from Patricia Hicks and Joe DiMeglio. The pair, along with a third partner, Mary Johnson (not pictured), are happy to pass the torch to their former employee.

When it comes to growing a successful business, sometimes all you need is good timing and the chutzpah to recognize a fine opportunity when it arises. For Louisa’s Scott Leiffer, he has benefitted from both.

When the company he previously worked for couldn’t offer him enough hours to sustain his livelihood, he decided to take a risk and break out on his own.

He established Alpha Land Surveys, LLC in 2011 during the recession— when the real estate market, including surveying, was sluggish at best.

While struggling to get his new business off the ground in a less than ideal economy, Leiffer didn’t shy away from other odd jobs as they presented themselves so he could pay the bills and put food on his family’s table.

With 14 years of surveying experience under his belt, the Virginia Tech graduate has shown his tenacity and ability for hard work. That has gotten him where he is today.

Leiffer bought the business of longtime Ferncliff area land surveyor Gregory Hosaflook last spring, and on April 11 he purchased Bell Land Surveys.

Jim Bell established Bell Land Surveys in 1980 after parting ways with former partner Kenneth Hart.  Bell sold the business 20 years later to longtime employees and partners Joe DiMeglio, Patricia Hicks and Mary Johnson.  However, he kept the aerial surveying portion of the business as his own, which he still operates today.

When the partners recently decided to sell the business, they were only too happy to sell to Lieffer. The partners’ confidence in “turning over their baby” is evident when talking with them about the transition.

“I feel I’m leaving the company in good hands,” DiMeglio, the company’s former president, said.  “He’s good, he’s articulate and clever. I’m glad he got the company.  I’d rather see it go to him.”

Hicks expressed her pleasure that Lieffer would be the one to carry the company forward into the future. Having worked with Bell Surveys in the past, Lieffer has an advantage that others wouldn’t with his knowledge of the company and the work it has done.

“I am so thankful he has stepped forward and wants to take it over,” Hicks said.

Converting the three businesses into one creates a unique position for Leiffer, who now has surveying records and data that can’t be found even at the Louisa Courthouse anymore.

For Leiffer, who worked at Bell Surveys for 10 years previously, “It seemed logical to try and grow the business.”

To read the entire story, see the June 5 edition of The Central Virginian.

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