NALP Members in the News: McHale Landscape Design, Mariani Landscape, ECHO, Ruppert Landscape and RC Mowers - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: McHale Landscape Design, Mariani Landscape, ECHO, Ruppert Landscape and RC Mowers

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McHale Landscape Design Acquires Dalton Ventures

McHale Landscape Design has recently acquired Dalton Ventures, a residential estate garden care firm in Middletown, Maryland. This is the company’s third acquisition in five years.

All Dalton Venture employees and owners will join McHale Landscape Design. The partnership further expands the McHale presence in some of the most prestigious residential communities around metropolitan Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“Partnering with McHale Landscape Design is the best business decision we have made,” says Charlie Dalton, co-owner of Dalton Ventures. “The impact of the combined resources will be a huge benefit to our clients.”

Barrett Wolf, director of business operations for McHale says the combination of the two uniquely qualified companies aligns strategically with McHale’s long-term growth plans.

Mariani Landscape Acquires Glengate

Mariani Landscape has added Glengate to their family of family companies. Glengate, based in Wilton, Connecticut, is an award-winning landscape architecture and swimming pool company.

“Glengate is a growing company and one of the largest and most respected residential landscape and swimming pool firms in Connecticut and New York,” says Frank Mariani, Mariani Landscape chairman. “They have built an incredible reputation and successful business in the areas they serve. Their first-rate service and unsurpassed expertise in the industry has resulted in some of the most prestigious swimming pools and residential landscapes in the nation.”

Glengate is the 10th family-owned residential landscape and swimming pool company to join the Mariani group of companies.

“Glengate believes in creating spaces that bring people together,” says Jordan Scott, owner and managing partner of Glengate. “We combine the components of design, construction and ongoing care in one integrated offering. This gives our clients a single contact for everything with no detail overlooked. Joining the Mariani family of companies just makes sense, because we share the same values, commitment to sustainability and a very high quality of service to our clients.”

ECHO Names New President and CEO

ECHO has appointed Harold Redman as the new president and CEO, effective April 3. Redman was most recently the president of turf & consumer products business for Briggs & Stratton from 2010 to 2022. He has more than 30 years of outdoor power equipment experience total.

Harold Redman

“ECHO is a well-respected company with a reputation of offering great products and customer care, and I’m honored to lead a company rich in innovation and legacy,” Redman says. “As our industry continues to change with new technologies, I look forward to working with this exceptional team of talented and passionate ECHO employees to bring new products and services to the green industry.”

Tim Dorsey served as president for the last nine years and spent 27 years with ECHO serving in various roles. Dorsey will continue to serve as a global operation officer of Yamabiko and a board member for ECHO and Yamabiko Europe.

“While I’m excited to move to the next chapter, I also have a heavy heart as my time at ECHO has been the most rewarding of my career and I cannot express my gratitude enough,” Dorsey says. “However, it’s safe to say that ECHO is in great hands with Harold, who is a driven, humble leader that demonstrates strong leadership through a hands-on management style and engagement with employees and customers.”

Ruppert Landscape Promotes Several Employees

Ruppert Landscape has promoted Fred Key to COO over the company’s landscape management division. This position has been newly created to help support the division’s scale and future growth.

Key has been with the company for 21 years, serving in a number of different positions. In his new role, Key will continue to oversee the Northern Virginia, North Carolina, and Atlanta regions and will now also oversee the Central Virginia region, working closely with the region managers to influence operational decisions to help better serve Ruppert’s customers and team members.

In addition, he will now be working with the company’s business development team to help support division-wide sales efforts.

The company also recently promoted Dave Sharry to the position of region manager in the landscape management division. He will oversee landscape management operations over the Central Virginia region.

Sharry has been with the company for over 11 years, has over 30 years of industry experience and is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran.

Taking over Sharry’s previous role as branch manager of Richmond South is Rob Groves. Groves has been with the company for over 15 years and was the branch manager of Richmond North until last year he explored other opportunities supporting division IT projects and irrigation operations in the region.

RC Mowers Expands Dealer Network in New York and Iowa

RC Mowers has entered dealership agreements with Pennsylvania-based Stephenson Equipment, Inc. (SEI) and Iowa’s Elliott Equipment Co., adding them to their network.

SEI was founded in 1957 and has nine branches in Pennsylvania and New York. They market a complete line of cranes and asphalt, road repair and maintenance and construction equipment. Elliott Equipment was founded in 1970. Headquartered in Grimes, Iowa, they also have locations in Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; Grandview, Missouri, and Commerce City, Colorado.

“Both Stephenson Equipment and Elliott Equipment are not only market leaders in the crane and heavy equipment space, but they have excellent reputations in both the private and public works industries,” says Tim Kubista, vice president of sales and marketing for RC Mowers. “Their in-depth knowledge of the types of machinery necessary to get tough jobs done makes them perfect partners for RC Mowers. Because both of these dealers already work with public works departments and other industries adjacent to the commercial landscaping industry, RC Mowers’ product line will be better positioned to get in front of the right commercial and governmental customers.”

Kubista says dealers are carefully selected and given extensive sales and product training. RC Mowers now has nearly 30 dealers throughout the U.S.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.