WICHITA — Peter Salmeron is back at Complete Landscaping Systems – the company he founded in 1983 then sold in 2010 – but it's unclear how long he'll remain or what will happen with the troubled business.
Laura Ackerman purchased Complete Landscaping around the time she and Salmeron were briefly married. Since then the business has been mired in various lawsuits and has struggled financially. Ackerman then declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year.
"The bankruptcy attorney asked me to come into the business because he felt that Laura is not competent," says Salmeron, who returned Jan. 15.
"I don't want to harm her ... but I can tell you the company has really suffered a lot," he says. "The company has gone from one of the leading companies in Wichita to one ... in Chapter 11."
Ackerman, who says she resigned Friday and turned over her stock, blames Salmeron for the company's current situation.
"Peter sold a bill of goods that he could take over all finances," she says. "I have no control of the finances, and it's going to fail."
She says Salmeron hasn't made payroll or insurance payments since he's been back.
"It's because she hasn't generated any money to pay anything," Salmeron says. "That's why they have asked me to come back and see if I can save the company."