Laytonsville, MD – Ruppert Landscape is pleased to announce the promotion of Mike Monde to the newly created position of director of culture and procedures within our landscape management division and the promotion of Tim Schofield to the position of branch manager in our King of Prussia, Pennsylvania landscape management branch.
“One of the greatest challenges we face as the company continues to grow is that the culture that has made us successful thus far will become harder to maintain,” said Tom Barry, president of the landscape management division. “In his new role, Mike will leverage his wealth of experience to ensure that our culture, our commitment to our people and customers, and the quality of our work remains as strong as ever.”
Monde has over 25 years of landscape industry experience and holds a degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College. He has been with the company for almost 18 years, having joined the company in 1995 as branch manager of the New Castle, DE branch. He was instrumental in building Ruppert’s Pennsylvania operations leading up to the sale of the company in 1998. When Ruppert returned to the industry in 2003, he rejoined as a partner in the business and branch manager in our Pennsylvania branch, which he set out to rebuild from scratch. Over the next decade, Mike and his team built the Toughkenamon, PA branch into a successful full-scale operation. In 2014, the branch team split to form our King of Prussia branch. Mike successfully transitioned leadership of the Toughkenamon branch to his longtime colleague, Garth Jorgensen, as he set out to build the King of Prussia branch.
“Mike possesses extensive operational knowledge, incredible work ethic and leadership skills, and a willingness to help others succeed, which makes him well-suited to tackle the myriad challenges that this new role will present,” said Barry.
As director of culture & procedures for the landscape management division, Mike will report to the division president and focus on leadership development training, mentorship, recruiting, job quality inspections, new facility setup, and facilitating Field Day events. He currently resides in Springfield, PA with his wife, Lisa.
Tim Schofield has been tapped to become branch manager in our King of Prussia landscape management branch. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware, where he triple-majored in food and agribusiness marketing and management, landscape horticulture and design, and agriculture and natural resources. He began his career at Ruppert in early 2015 as a field manager in our Laytonsville landscape management branch, where he was quickly promoted to area manager. In this position, he earned the company’s Branch Impact Award in 2016 for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the branch. In 2017, he was promoted to financial analyst for the landscape management division.
“While Tim only held the financial analyst position for a little under half a year, he has had a meaningful impact on the division, tackling a number of process improvement projects and gaining in-depth exposure to budgeting, sales tracking, accounting and payroll processes, training initiatives and more,” said Barry. “We believe that Tim’s operational and corporate experience have allowed him to develop a wide range of skills that have positioned him well for success in his new role.”
As branch manager, he will be responsible for the overall welfare of the King of Prussia branch, including the safety and development of his team, strategic planning and budgeting, training, and day-to-day operations. He currently resides in Arlington, VA with his fiancée, Genna, with plans to relocate to the King of Prussia area in the week ahead.