Executive Team

Craig Ruppert

CEO
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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 have 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
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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.

Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.
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Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.

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. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Key Executive Program and served as chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington.

Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.
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Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.

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.

Fred Key

Southern Region VP
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Fred Key

Southern Region VP

As a leader of the landscape management division overseeing the southern region, including branches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, Fred helps provide strategic vision and operational insight, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University and is a Certified Landscape Professional.

Corporate Management

Cari Ciuba

Director of Talent and Acquisition
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Cari Ciuba

Director of Talent and Acquisition

Cari spearheads the company’s recruiting efforts towards attracting, developing, and retaining talented individuals. She has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and management and holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland College Park.

Mike Felts

Corp. Administrative Manager
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Mike Felts

Corp. Administrative Manager

Mike is responsible for planning and directing administrative, financial and operational activities, assisting the company president in managing corporate departments and their initiatives, executing the five-year plan, prioritizing inquiries and determining the proper course of action, and providing operational support in areas such as sales, collections, and acquisitions as needed. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over seven years, is a U.S. Army veteran and holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Virginia Tech.

Greg Franklin

Director of Fleet and Facilities
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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.

Jay Long

VP, Human Resources
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Jay Long

VP, Human Resources

As vice president of human resources, 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’s degree in chemistry from The George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Donna Nichols

VP of Finance
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Donna Nichols

VP of Finance

As vice president of finance for Ruppert Companies, Donna is responsible for taxes, banking matters, and the financial oversight of Ruppert Landscape, Ruppert Nurseries, and Ruppert Properties. She has been with the Ruppert organization for over 10 years and has over 30 years of finance, accounting, real estate and property management experience.

Jennifer Saah

Controller
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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).

Dave Sanders

Director of Safety and Risk
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Dave Sanders

Director of Safety and Risk

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.

Emil Saweros

Director of Software Dev.
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Emil Saweros

Director of Software Dev.

Emil oversees the software development team and manages the creation, delivery, and support of software projects. He has over 20 years of combined IT experience and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cairo University, a master’s degree in computer science from Loyola University, and is currently studying to obtain a doctoral degree in information technology (D.Sc.) at Towson University. In addition, he holds two degrees in computer programming and networking and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Applications Developer (MCSD/MCAD).

Chris Schneider

Director of Employee Dev.
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Chris Schneider

Director of Employee Dev.

As director of employee development in our human resources department, Chris is responsible for the planning and structure of learning opportunities at the company, including updating and creating employee development programs. He has over 20 years of experience in creating and delivering training programs for a wide variety of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University and is a Certified Technical Trainer.

Amy Snyder

Director of Public Relations
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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 IT
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Dan Spruill

Director of IT

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.

Landscape Construction Division

Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.
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Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.

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. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Key Executive Program and served as chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington.

Patrick Luzier

Southern Region VP
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Patrick Luzier

Southern Region VP

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.

Mike Ward

Dir. of Pre-Construction Services
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Mike Ward

Dir. of Pre-Construction Services

As director of pre-construction services and estimating, Mike is responsible for providing reliable estimating and pre-construction services for projects that are in-process or are in the planning stages. In addition to serving the needs of the company’s customers, he is responsible for training new and existing estimators, helping to establish company-wide standards, and reviewing the estimates on large specialty projects. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 20 years.

Ken Thompson

Director of Quality and Efficiency
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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 (30 with the Ruppert organization) in landscape construction and landscape management and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist.

Paul Pestun

Dir. of Business Development
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Paul Pestun

Dir. of Business Development

As director of business development in Ruppert’s landscape construction division, Paul is responsible for working with the sales team at each landscape construction branch to help unify sales effort across the division. In addition, he is responsible for tracking market trends and creating new sales opportunities on a national level, targeting markets with high construction volume and generating high-level relationships with owners, developers, general contractors, and landscape architects. He holds a degree in landscape management from Montgomery College and is a platinum-level graduate of ABC’s Leadership Development Program.

Adam Bennett

Branch Manager, Georgia
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Adam Bennett

Branch Manager, Georgia

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 his branch as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management from The Ohio State University.

Sean Davitt

Branch Manager, Maryland
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Sean Davitt

Branch Manager, Maryland

Sean oversees all landscape construction operations at our 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 seven years and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from West Virginia University. He is OSHA 30 certified and is a graduate of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington’s Leadership Development Program and the Grinnell Leadership Jumpstart® Program.

Angela Howes

Branch Manager, North Carolina
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Angela Howes

Branch Manager, North Carolina

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.

Jack Jones

Branch Manager, Texas
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Jack Jones

Branch Manager, Texas

Jack oversees all landscape construction operations at our Houston, Texas, 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 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, during 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.

Jim Tuzzolino

Branch Manager, Virginia
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Jim Tuzzolino

Branch Manager, Virginia

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.

Landscape Management Division

Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.
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Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.

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.

Fred Key

Southern Region VP
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Fred Key

Southern Region VP

As a leader of the landscape management division overseeing the southern region, including branches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, Fred helps provide strategic vision and operational insight, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University and is a Certified Landscape Professional.

Doug Halsey

Northern Region VP
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Doug Halsey

Northern Region VP

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.

Damien Barber

Region Manager
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Damien Barber

Region Manager

Damien oversees all landscape management operations at our branch locations in Baltimore and White Marsh, Maryland and Toughkenamon and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He has over 20 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.

Kevin Hazelgrove

Region Manager
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Kevin Hazelgrove

Region Manager

Kevin oversees all landscape management operations at our Richmond North, Richmond South, and Fredericksburg, Virginia branches. 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.

Chuck Whealton

Region Manager
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Chuck Whealton

Region Manager

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.

Mike Monde

Director of Culture & Procedures
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Mike Monde

Director of Culture & Procedures

Mike is responsible for leadership development training, mentorship, recruiting, job quality inspections, new facility setup, and helping to organize field day events within the landscape management division. Mike has been with Ruppert for over 18 years, has over 25 years of industry experience and holds a degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College.

Joe Ketterer

Director of Quality & Efficiency
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Joe Ketterer

Director of Quality & Efficiency

Joe is responsible for encouraging innovation and improvements in the company’s landscape management division in several areas including efficiency, compensation, project planning, training, mentorship and quality control. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University. He has over 30 years of landscape industry experience and is a certified pesticide applicator in ornamentals, turf, industrial weed and aquatics with the Maryland and Virginia Departments of Agriculture.

Josh Nichols

Regional Snow Manager
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Josh Nichols

Regional Snow Manager

In this position, Josh oversees snow and ice removal operations in Ruppert’s Mid-Atlantic branches. He has over 16 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from The Ohio State University.

Chris Bixler

Branch Manager, D.C.
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Chris Bixler

Branch Manager, D.C.

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

Matthew Davidson

Branch Manager, Forestville
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Matthew Davidson

Branch Manager, Forestville

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, Lilburn & Mableton
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Steve Faber

Branch Manager, Lilburn & Mableton

Steve oversees all landscape management operations at our Lilburn and Mableton, Georgia branches. 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’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Collin Fadrowski

Branch Manager, Camp Hill
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Collin Fadrowski

Branch Manager, Camp Hill

Collin oversees all landscape operations at our branch in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has nine years of landscape industry experience, four of which have been with Ruppert, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Susquehanna University.

Collins Fitts

Branch Manager, Gainesville
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Collins Fitts

Branch Manager, Gainesville

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.

Mike Fleming

Branch Manager, Baltimore
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Mike Fleming

Branch Manager, Baltimore

Mike 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 been with the Ruppert organization for over 11 years, is a landscape industry certified technician (CLT) and holds a bachelor’s degree horticulture and turf management from Williamson College of the Trades.

Rob Groves

Branch Manager, N. Richmond
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Rob Groves

Branch Manager, N. Richmond

Rob oversees all landscape management operations at our northern Richmond, Virginia branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region, as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Rob has been in the landscape industry for over 15 years, including 10 years with Ruppert. He holds an associate’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

John Harich

Branch Manager, Laytonsville
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John Harich

Branch Manager, Laytonsville

John oversees all landscape management operations at our Laytonsville, Maryland branch. 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.

Garth Jorgensen

Branch Manager, Toughkenamon
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Garth Jorgensen

Branch Manager, Toughkenamon

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’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Delaware.

David Roles

Branch Manager, Frederick
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David Roles

Branch Manager, Frederick

David oversees all landscape management operations in our Frederick, Maryland branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 20 years of industry experience, holds a degree in landscape management from the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture, and is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT) and Maryland Licensed Pesticide Applicator.

Ryan Rote

Branch Manager, Charlotte
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Ryan Rote

Branch Manager, Charlotte

Ryan oversees all landscape 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from the University of Delaware and has been with Ruppert for over six years.

Tim Schofield

Branch Manager, King of Prussia
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Tim Schofield

Branch Manager, King of Prussia

Tim oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the company for over three years and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture and design from the University of Delaware.

Dave Sharry

Branch Manager, S. Richmond
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Dave Sharry

Branch Manager, S. Richmond

Dave oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in southern Richmond, Virginia. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the company for over six years, has over 26 years of landscape industry experience and is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran.

John Tagliaferri

Branch Manager, Fredericksburg & Alexandria
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John Tagliaferri

Branch Manager, Fredericksburg & Alexandria

John oversees all landscape management operations in our Alexandria and Fredericksburg, Virginia branches. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 20 years of landscape industry experience, holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape contracting from SUNY Cobleskill and is an ISA Certified Arborist.

Dan Trocher

Branch Manager, White Marsh
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Dan Trocher

Branch Manager, White Marsh

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.

Sam Wells

Branch Manager, Raleigh
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Sam Wells

Branch Manager, Raleigh

Sam 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 23 years, including four years with Ruppert, and holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill.

Executive Team

Craig Ruppert

CEO
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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 have 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
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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.

Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.
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Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.

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. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Key Executive Program and served as chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington.

Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.
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Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.

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.

Fred Key

Southern Region VP
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Fred Key

Southern Region VP

As a leader of the landscape management division overseeing the southern region, including branches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, Fred helps provide strategic vision and operational insight, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University and is a Certified Landscape Professional.

Corporate Management

Cari Ciuba

Director of Talent and Acquisition
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Cari Ciuba

Director of Talent and Acquisition

Cari spearheads the company’s recruiting efforts towards attracting, developing, and retaining talented individuals. She has over 20 years of experience in talent acquisition and management and holds a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from the University of Maryland College Park.

Mike Felts

Corp. Administrative Manager
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Mike Felts

Corp. Administrative Manager

Mike is responsible for planning and directing administrative, financial and operational activities, assisting the company president in managing corporate departments and their initiatives, executing the five-year plan, prioritizing inquiries and determining the proper course of action, and providing operational support in areas such as sales, collections, and acquisitions as needed. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over seven years, is a U.S. Army veteran and holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Virginia Tech.

Greg Franklin

Director of Fleet and Facilities
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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.

Jay Long

VP, Human Resources
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Jay Long

VP, Human Resources

As vice president of human resources, 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’s degree in chemistry from The George Washington University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Donna Nichols

VP of Finance
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Donna Nichols

VP of Finance

As vice president of finance for Ruppert Companies, Donna is responsible for taxes, banking matters, and the financial oversight of Ruppert Landscape, Ruppert Nurseries, and Ruppert Properties. She has been with the Ruppert organization for over 10 years and has over 30 years of finance, accounting, real estate and property management experience.

Jennifer Saah

Controller
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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).

Dave Sanders

Director of Safety and Risk
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Dave Sanders

Director of Safety and Risk

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.

Emil Saweros

Director of Software Dev.
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Emil Saweros

Director of Software Dev.

Emil oversees the software development team and manages the creation, delivery, and support of software projects. He has over 20 years of combined IT experience and holds a bachelor’s degree from Cairo University, a master’s degree in computer science from Loyola University, and is currently studying to obtain a doctoral degree in information technology (D.Sc.) at Towson University. In addition, he holds two degrees in computer programming and networking and is a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and Applications Developer (MCSD/MCAD).

Chris Schneider

Director of Employee Dev.
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Chris Schneider

Director of Employee Dev.

As director of employee development in our human resources department, Chris is responsible for the planning and structure of learning opportunities at the company, including updating and creating employee development programs. He has over 20 years of experience in creating and delivering training programs for a wide variety of industries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Towson University and is a Certified Technical Trainer.

Amy Snyder

Director of Public Relations
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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 IT
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Dan Spruill

Director of IT

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.

Landscape Construction Division

Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.
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Bob Jones

President, Landscape Constr.

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. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Key Executive Program and served as chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington.

Patrick Luzier

Southern Region VP
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Patrick Luzier

Southern Region VP

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.

Mike Ward

Dir. of Pre-Construction Services
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Mike Ward

Dir. of Pre-Construction Services

As director of pre-construction services and estimating, Mike is responsible for providing reliable estimating and pre-construction services for projects that are in-process or are in the planning stages. In addition to serving the needs of the company’s customers, he is responsible for training new and existing estimators, helping to establish company-wide standards, and reviewing the estimates on large specialty projects. He has been with the Ruppert organization for over 20 years.

Ken Thompson

Director of Quality and Efficiency
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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 (30 with the Ruppert organization) in landscape construction and landscape management and is a Certified Professional Horticulturist.

Paul Pestun

Dir. of Business Development
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Paul Pestun

Dir. of Business Development

As director of business development in Ruppert’s landscape construction division, Paul is responsible for working with the sales team at each landscape construction branch to help unify sales effort across the division. In addition, he is responsible for tracking market trends and creating new sales opportunities on a national level, targeting markets with high construction volume and generating high-level relationships with owners, developers, general contractors, and landscape architects. He holds a degree in landscape management from Montgomery College and is a platinum-level graduate of ABC’s Leadership Development Program.

Adam Bennett

Branch Manager, Georgia
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Adam Bennett

Branch Manager, Georgia

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 his branch as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 15 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in turfgrass management from The Ohio State University.

Sean Davitt

Branch Manager, Maryland
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Sean Davitt

Branch Manager, Maryland

Sean oversees all landscape construction operations at our 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 seven years and holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from West Virginia University. He is OSHA 30 certified and is a graduate of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington’s Leadership Development Program and the Grinnell Leadership Jumpstart® Program.

Angela Howes

Branch Manager, North Carolina
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Angela Howes

Branch Manager, North Carolina

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.

Jack Jones

Branch Manager, Texas
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Jack Jones

Branch Manager, Texas

Jack oversees all landscape construction operations at our Houston, Texas, 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 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, during 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.

Jim Tuzzolino

Branch Manager, Virginia
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Jim Tuzzolino

Branch Manager, Virginia

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.

Landscape Management Division

Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.
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Tom Barry

President, Landscape Mgmt.

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.

Fred Key

Southern Region VP
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Fred Key

Southern Region VP

As a leader of the landscape management division overseeing the southern region, including branches in Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia, Fred helps provide strategic vision and operational insight, 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 holds a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury State University and is a Certified Landscape Professional.

Doug Halsey

Northern Region VP
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Doug Halsey

Northern Region VP

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.

Damien Barber

Region Manager
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Damien Barber

Region Manager

Damien oversees all landscape management operations at our branch locations in Baltimore and White Marsh, Maryland and Toughkenamon and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He has over 20 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.

Kevin Hazelgrove

Region Manager
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Kevin Hazelgrove

Region Manager

Kevin oversees all landscape management operations at our Richmond North, Richmond South, and Fredericksburg, Virginia branches. 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.

Chuck Whealton

Region Manager
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Chuck Whealton

Region Manager

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.

Mike Monde

Director of Culture & Procedures
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Mike Monde

Director of Culture & Procedures

Mike is responsible for leadership development training, mentorship, recruiting, job quality inspections, new facility setup, and helping to organize field day events within the landscape management division. Mike has been with Ruppert for over 18 years, has over 25 years of industry experience and holds a degree in business administration from Delaware Valley College.

Joe Ketterer

Director of Quality & Efficiency
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Joe Ketterer

Director of Quality & Efficiency

Joe is responsible for encouraging innovation and improvements in the company’s landscape management division in several areas including efficiency, compensation, project planning, training, mentorship and quality control. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University. He has over 30 years of landscape industry experience and is a certified pesticide applicator in ornamentals, turf, industrial weed and aquatics with the Maryland and Virginia Departments of Agriculture.

Josh Nichols

Regional Snow Manager
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Josh Nichols

Regional Snow Manager

In this position, Josh oversees snow and ice removal operations in Ruppert’s Mid-Atlantic branches. He has over 16 years of industry experience and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from The Ohio State University.

Chris Bixler

Branch Manager, D.C.
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Chris Bixler

Branch Manager, D.C.

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

Matthew Davidson

Branch Manager, Forestville
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Matthew Davidson

Branch Manager, Forestville

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, Lilburn & Mableton
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Steve Faber

Branch Manager, Lilburn & Mableton

Steve oversees all landscape management operations at our Lilburn and Mableton, Georgia branches. 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’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Collin Fadrowski

Branch Manager, Camp Hill
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Collin Fadrowski

Branch Manager, Camp Hill

Collin oversees all landscape operations at our branch in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has nine years of landscape industry experience, four of which have been with Ruppert, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Susquehanna University.

Collins Fitts

Branch Manager, Gainesville
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Collins Fitts

Branch Manager, Gainesville

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.

Mike Fleming

Branch Manager, Baltimore
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Mike Fleming

Branch Manager, Baltimore

Mike 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 been with the Ruppert organization for over 11 years, is a landscape industry certified technician (CLT) and holds a bachelor’s degree horticulture and turf management from Williamson College of the Trades.

Rob Groves

Branch Manager, N. Richmond
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Rob Groves

Branch Manager, N. Richmond

Rob oversees all landscape management operations at our northern Richmond, Virginia branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region, as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. Rob has been in the landscape industry for over 15 years, including 10 years with Ruppert. He holds an associate’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Pennsylvania College of Technology.

John Harich

Branch Manager, Laytonsville
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John Harich

Branch Manager, Laytonsville

John oversees all landscape management operations at our Laytonsville, Maryland branch. 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.

Garth Jorgensen

Branch Manager, Toughkenamon
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Garth Jorgensen

Branch Manager, Toughkenamon

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’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Delaware.

David Roles

Branch Manager, Frederick
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David Roles

Branch Manager, Frederick

David oversees all landscape management operations in our Frederick, Maryland branch. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 20 years of industry experience, holds a degree in landscape management from the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture, and is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician (CLT) and Maryland Licensed Pesticide Applicator.

Ryan Rote

Branch Manager, Charlotte
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Ryan Rote

Branch Manager, Charlotte

Ryan oversees all landscape 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape design from the University of Delaware and has been with Ruppert for over six years.

Tim Schofield

Branch Manager, King of Prussia
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Tim Schofield

Branch Manager, King of Prussia

Tim oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the company for over three years and holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture and design from the University of Delaware.

Dave Sharry

Branch Manager, S. Richmond
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Dave Sharry

Branch Manager, S. Richmond

Dave oversees all landscape management operations at our branch in southern Richmond, Virginia. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has been with the company for over six years, has over 26 years of landscape industry experience and is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran.

John Tagliaferri

Branch Manager, Fredericksburg & Alexandria
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John Tagliaferri

Branch Manager, Fredericksburg & Alexandria

John oversees all landscape management operations in our Alexandria and Fredericksburg, Virginia branches. His responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and personnel development within his region as well as ensuring customer satisfaction. He has over 20 years of landscape industry experience, holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape contracting from SUNY Cobleskill and is an ISA Certified Arborist.

Dan Trocher

Branch Manager, White Marsh
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Dan Trocher

Branch Manager, White Marsh

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.

Sam Wells

Branch Manager, Raleigh
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Sam Wells

Branch Manager, Raleigh

Sam 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 23 years, including four years with Ruppert, and holds a bachelor of science degree in horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill.