NALP Members in the News: Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals, Davey Tree Expert Company, Mariani Landscape and Ruppert Landscape - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals, Davey Tree Expert Company, Mariani Landscape and Ruppert Landscape

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Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals Expand to Des Moines, Iowa

Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals have announced their plans to expand their operations to Des Moines, Iowa, in August 2023. This is their 22nd year of business in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area and their fifth year of business in Rochester, Minnesota.

“We are so excited to bring our high-end landscape architecture, construction, and maintenance services to the greater Des Moines area through this expansion,” says Cole Weller, president and CEO of Weller Brothers Landscape Professionals. “The team we have moving to start the branch location are two of our rockstars, and I could not be happier for them to take on this opportunity. Des Moines is an attractive market, especially with all of the growth in the western suburbs. The expansion also aligns perfectly with our strategic growth plan to enter more markets throughout the midwest over the next five years.”

Matt and Anna Stadel will be the new branch managers. Matt Stadel is a landscape production manager and Anna Stadel is a landscape architect at the Rochester, Minnesota, location. The company will start scheduling landscape design consultations in August 2023 and has plans to expand into lawn maintenance within the following year.

“We are beyond excited for this new opportunity to grow and develop another location for Weller Brothers,” Matt Stadel says. “With the great support from our other locations, we have no doubt that we will be able to create an awesome workplace backed by high-quality craftsmanship – both of which are traits of our two current branches.”

Davey Tree Expert Company Promotes John Wright

John Wright has been promoted to vice president of commercial landscape services (CLS) for The Davey Tree Expert Company.

John Wright

Wright started working for Davey in 1989 as a landscape foreman at the Washington D.C. office and was promoted to landscape management coordinator in 1991. He became assistant district manager of the same office in 2000. Wright was promoted to branch manager of the Washington D.C. office in 2001 and in 2013, he was named regional manager, CLS of the Mid-Atlantic operating group.

“With over 30 years of experience at Davey, John’s passion and motivation will help him excel in his new role,” says Mark Svozil, vice president and general manager, CLS. “We are looking forward to watching John’s continued success as he builds a strong balance of service offerings and client diversity for CLS.”

Mariani Landscape Creates The Mariani Premier Group

Mariani Landscape has launched the Mariani Premier Group, which is a national platform supporting a growing family of the country’s landscaping companies. This new group aims to be the world’s premier outdoor living company.

This new network will offer each of Mariani’s family companies access to exclusive support programs across every aspect of the landscaping business. This will help enhance client service capabilities and accelerate growth.

“What makes the Mariani Premier Group unique is how we have brought together our company founders and their deep landscaping experience and combined it with the Mariani management team’s breadth of business knowledge and experience scaling companies,” says Frank Mariani, chairman of Mariani Landscape. “With this move, we are raising the standards of professionalism in this industry.”

Companies joining the Mariani Premier Group continue to operate with their same brand and decision-making remaining at the local level where possible. This platform provides the 12 family-owned companies innovative best practices, infrastructure support and group purchasing power.

In addition, the group offers its companies priority access to materials and suppliers, state-of-the-art technology systems, recruitment resources, talent development programs, employee benefits, and capital support — including a comprehensive IT platform featuring a landscape business management system, financial system, HR information system and recruitment program.

“Our primary goal for the Mariani Premier Group is to help each of our family companies become better at what they do,” says Bryan Christiansen, CEO of Mariani. “In achieving our mission, we will drive the success of our companies by helping them exceed our clients’ expectations every day. Our measure of success will be based entirely on the achievements of each company within the Mariani Premier Group and how they deliver to their clients.”

Ruppert Landscape Welcomes New CFO

Eric Scheinerman has been named Ruppert Landscape’s Chief Financial Officer. He has over 30 years of experience having worked in the technology, life sciences, manufacturing and travel industries.

Eric Sheinerman

He has a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Scheinerman will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing, and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. He will work with the senior leadership team to execute the company’s strategic imperatives and will play an important role in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

“Eric’s perspective and experience make him a valuable addition to our team,” says Phil Key, Ruppert’s president. “Not only does he possess remarkable relationship-building skills and an unyielding work ethic, but his diverse background across various industries ensures a fresh viewpoint and a growth-oriented mindset.”

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.