Leaders

From our executive officers to our branch managers, the Ruppert Landscape management team is comprised of experienced landscape professionals.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

  • Craig Ruppert, CEO

    As the company's founder and chief executive, Craig has been instrumental in developing the company's mission, culture and values. His experience and involvement with outside board memberships in other industries has allowed him to bring innovative ideas and management approaches to Ruppert Landscape. Craig's current responsibilities include strategic planning, financial management and personnel development. He has been with Ruppert since its inception in 1976.

  • Phil Key, President

    Phil's primary focus is to make sure that the company's visions and values are integrated into its daily operation. He does this by working closely with the management team on its planning, personnel development and systems control processes. Phil has been working for the Ruppert organization for over 18 years and has over 27 years in the industry. He holds a bachelor's degree in business from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College and recently graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management (OPM) program.

  • James Thompson, CFO

    James oversees both the accounting and information technology departments and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the company. He joined the company in 2016 and has ​over 20 years of finance, accounting and treasury experience​. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and earned his Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

  • Bob Jones, President of the Landscape Construction Division

    Bob oversees the landscape construction division of the company. His responsibilities include planning and budgeting, new branch development, personnel development, quality control and customer relations. He has been with Ruppert for 20 years, has over 33 years of industry experience and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist.

  • Tom Barry, Vice President of the Landscape Management Division

    Tom oversees all aspects of the landscape management division, from business development to day-to-day operations. He joined the company in 2014 and has over 10 years of finance, real estate and property management experience. He holds a master of business administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from American University in Washington, DC, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. 

  • Doug Halsey, Regional Vice President / Landscape Management Division

    Doug is responsible for managing the northern region, which includes the company's branches in Washington, DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania. In this role he helps lead the landscape management division, providing strategic vision and operational insight, and acting as a resource for branch managers in the areas of people development, training, customer services and profitability. He has been with Ruppert for 20 years and has over 22 years of industry experience. Doug holds a bachelor's degree in plant science from the State University of New York at Cobleskill and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and pesticide applicator.

  • Fred Key, Regional Vice President / Landscape Management Division

    Fred is responsible for managing the southern region, which includes the company's branches in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. In this role, he helps lead the landscape management division, providing strategic vision and operation insight, and acting as a resource for branch managers in the areas of people development, training, customer service and profitability. He has been with Ruppert for 14 years and has over 24 years of industry experience. He has a bachelor of science degree from Salisbury State University and is a Certified Landscape Professional.

  • Bill Meissner, Partner / Advisor

    Bill has been with the Ruppert organization for over 23 years and is an advisor to the company's executive team, where he works on strategic planning to advance the company's growth. He currently serves as President and the managing partner of Ruppert Properties, and in that role is responsible for identifying, analyzing, developing and managing the company’s investments and real estate opportunities.

CORPORATE MANAGEMENT

  • Greg Franklin, Director of Fleet and Facilities

    Greg oversees the purchase and maintenance of the company's fleet and equipment and is responsible for the development and maintenance of all Ruppert Landscape facilities. He joined the company in 2016 and has over 19 years of management experience ranging from operations to logistics, including transportation, warehouse and distribution management. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from Radford University.

  • Jennifer Saah, Controller

    Jennifer leads the accounting team and plays a key role in the development, operation, and control of accounting operations including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and financial reporting. Jennifer has been with the Ruppert organization for over a year and has over 10 years of experience in general ledger accounting, financial reporting, and corporate accounting management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from High Point University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). 

  • Randy Given, Facility Manager

    As facility manager, Randy is accountable for the maintenance and repair of all Ruppert Landscape facilities, including managing labor, materials, and subcontractors on all facility projects. He joined the company in 2014 and has over 29 years of commercial and residential contractor experience and previously served in the United States Army. He is EPA Lead Paint RRP and CDL certified.

  • Jack Jones, Region Manager / Landscape Management Division

    Jack is responsible for managing three landscape management branches located in Raleigh NC; Charlotte, NC; and Atlanta, GA. He is helping to maximize the division's capabilities in people development, customer service, and profitability. He has been with Ruppert for over 11 years and has over 15 years of industry experience. He served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years, part of which he served as a senior drill instructor in Parris Island. During that time, he also was an honor graduate of both the Marine Corps Sergeant's Leadership Course and the Staff Sergeant's Career Course.

  • Jay Long, Director of Organizational and People Development

    As director of organizational and people development, Jay works closely with managers to provide them with the tools and assistance they need to train and develop their employees and to coordinate their recruiting efforts. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 15 years and has over 27 years of experience in the contracting industry. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from The George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. 

  • Patrick Luzier, Southern Regional Vice President

    Patrick is responsible for overseeing the management of the Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas landscape construction branches and building the Ruppert brand in these markets. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 16 years and has over 30 years of industry experience. He holds a general contractors license from the state of Georgia.

  • Dave Sanders, Safety and Loss Prevention Manager

    As safety and loss prevention manager, Dave's primary responsibility is promoting and communicating a culture of safety that is the foundation of the Ruppert organization. He leads the company's safety and risk management program, working hand-in-hand with safety committee members in every branch and ensuring a focus on safety in all areas of the company. Dave has over 38 years in the green industry in both safety and operations management. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over seven years.

  • Amy Snyder, Director of Public Relations

    Amy's expertise is in public relations, employee relations, media relations, special events and marketing. She works to expand the company's visibility, raise brand awareness and grow employee well-being. Amy has a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in professional writing from Towson University. She has been with the Ruppert organization for over 14 years and has 19 years of experience in the marketing/communications field.

  • Dan Spruill, Director of Information Technology

    Dan is responsible for the management and development of our IT department, acting as the key liaison between the IT department and the business. In that role, he assists with communicating strategy, employee needs, project ROI’s, hardware/software needs, outsourcing opportunities, and budgets. Dan joined the Ruppert organization in 2015 and has over 18 years of IT experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Loyola University.

  • Ken Thompson, Director of Quality and Efficiency

    Ken is responsible for encouraging innovation and improvements in several areas including efficiency, compensation, project planning, training, mentorship and quality control. He has over 35 years of experience (29 with the Ruppert organization) in landscape construction and landscape management and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist.

  • Chuck Whealton, Region Manager / Landscape Management Division

    Chuck is responsible for managing three landscape management branches located in King of Prussia, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and Baltimore, MD and is helping to maximize the division's capabilities in people development, customer service, and profitability. He has been with Ruppert for 14 years and has over 32 years of industry experience. Chuck is a certified pesticide applicator for ornamentals and turf in Maryland, a Certified Professional Horticulturalist and a Certified Landscape Technician.

LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION

  • Angela Howes, Branch Manager

    Angela oversees all landscape construction operations at our Raleigh, North Carolina branch, which covers projects in that geographical region. Her responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within her branch as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. She has been with the Ruppert organization for over 12 years.

  • Adam Bennett, Branch Manager

    Adam oversees all landscape construction operations at our Atlanta, Georgia branch, which covers projects in that geographical region. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within her branch as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor's degree in turf grass management from The Ohio State University.

  • Mike Felts, Branch Manager

    Mike oversees all landscape construction operations at our Laytonsville, Maryland branch, which covers projects in that geographical region. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 5 years and holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Virginia Tech.

  • Jim Tuzzolino, Branch Manager

    Jim oversees all landscape installation operations at our Gainesville, Virginia branch, which covers projects in that geographical region. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his branch as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 18 years in the industry and has been with Ruppert for over 11 years. He holds a bachelor of science degree in wildlife management from SUNY Cobleskill.

  • Mike Ward, Branch Manager

    Mike oversees all landscape construction operations at our Houston, Texas branch, which covers projects in that geographical region. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 20 years.

LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT DIVISION

  • Eric Blevins, Branch Manager

    Eric oversees all landscape management operations at our Raleigh, North Carolina branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been in the industry for over 17 years, including five years with Ruppert. He holds a bachelor of science degree in botany/biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Matthew Davidson, Branch Manager

    Matthew oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Forestville, Maryland. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Matt has been with Ruppert for over six years and has over 23 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the Ruppert team, Matt spent eight years in the National Guard and was two year's active duty in the US Air Force. He holds a pesticide applicator's license for the state of Maryland.

  • Steve Faber, Branch Manager

    Steve oversees all landscape management operations at our Atlanta, Georgia branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Steve has been with Ruppert for 14 years, has over 23 years of industry experience and has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Georgia.

  • Collins Fitts, Branch Manager

    Collins oversees all landscape management operations at our Gainesville, Virginia branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Collins has been with Ruppert for five years and is a North Carolina licensed landscape contractor, irrigation contractor and pesticide applicator.

  • Thor Grenier, Branch Manager

    Thor oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Mableton, Georgia. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Thor has been with Ruppert for over fourteen years and is a Georgia Certified Landscape Professional (GCLP), a Georgia Certified Pesticide Applicator and holds a Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Blue Card. He graduated with a bachelor of technology degree in plant science from SUNY Cobleskill. 

  • John Harich, Branch Manager

    John oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Laytonsville, Maryland. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. John has been with Ruppert for over 13 years and has 15 years of industry experience.

  • Kevin Hazelgrove, Branch Manager

    Kevin Hazelgrove, Branch Manager Kevin oversees all landscape management operations at our Richmond, Virginia branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Kevin has been in the landscape industry for over 27 years, including five years with Ruppert. He has previously been recognized as a Virginia Certified Nurseryman, he holds a commercial pesticide applicator’s license, and has served on the Virginia Tech Faculty Advisory Council from 2006-2011.

  • Garth Jorgensen, Branch Manager

    Garth oversees all landscape management operations at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Garth has been with the Ruppert organization for 14 years and has 32 years of industry experience. He holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Delaware.

  • Jason Kilmore, Branch Manager

    Jason oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Frederick, Maryland. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Jason has been with Ruppert for 12 years, is a Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) and holds a bachelor's degree in landscape contracting management from Penn State.

  • Josh Lawson, Branch Manager

    Josh oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Charlotte, North Carolina. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Josh has been with Ruppert for over eight years and has over a decade of industry experience. He holds a certificate in Horticulture Science from Cecil College and is a Master Stormwater Steward and a Landscape Industry Certified Turfgrass Manager. He also serves in the United States Army Reserve as a military policeman and is currently ranked as Staff Sergeant (E-6). During his eight years of service, he has taken part in one deployment to Afghanistan in 2011.

  • Chris Bixler, Branch Manager

    Chris oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within her region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Chris has been with Ruppert for four years and has over 10 years of industry experience. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture Production from the University of Maryland.

  • Mike Monde, Branch Manager

    Mike oversees all landscape management operations at our King of Prussia, Pennsylvania branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Mike has been with Ruppert for over 15 years, has over 22 years of industry experience and holds a degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College.

  • Jack Ruppert, Branch Manager

    Jack oversees all landscape operations at our branch in Alexandria, Virginia. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Jack has been with Ruppert for five years and has over six years of industry experience. He holds a bachelor of science degree in landscape construction from Penn State University.

  • Dan Trocher, Branch Manager

    Dan oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in White Marsh, Maryland. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Dan has been with Ruppert for over nine years and has a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. 

  • Damien Barber, Branch Manager

    Damien oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in Baltimore, Maryland. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 19 years of industry experience, is a landscape industry certified technician (CLT) and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape management from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill.