Ruppert Promotes Melissa Dunk to Region Manager, Ryan Rote to Branch Manager in Central Maryland

Ruppert Landscape recently promoted Melissa Dunk to the position of region manager in the company’s landscape management division. In this capacity, she will oversee operations in the company’s Frederick and Laytonsville, Maryland locations.

Dunk holds a degree in landscape contracting from SUNY Delhi and is a Maryland Licensed Pesticide Applicator, Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) and Certified Landscape Technician (CLT). She has been in the landscape industry for over 15 years, with experience as an account manager at other landscaping organizations before joining Ruppert in 2015 as an area manager. In 2017, she was recognized with the company’s Branch Impact Award for her dedication and contributions to the Frederick branch. She was promoted to associate branch manager in early 2019, where she played a critical role in the Classic Landscaping acquisition. In 2020 she was promoted to Frederick branch manager and has built a highly profitable business.

“Our strong brand recognition in this market can be largely attributed to Melissa’s influence, and we look forward to continued growth in this market for many years to come under her leadership,” said Doug Halsey, region vice president in the company’s landscape management division.

In her stead, Ryan Rote has been promoted to branch manager in Frederick, Maryland. In this role, he will be responsible for the overall welfare of the branch, including the safety and development of is team, strategic planning and budgeting, training, customer service, and day-to-day operations. He studied landscape design at the University of Delaware, during which time he interned with Ruppert. Upon graduation in 2011, he officially joined the company as a field manager in the Laytonsville, Maryland branch. Since then, he has held many roles including area manager, enhancement manager, and associate branch manager.

“I’m confident that, as branch manager, Ryan will continue to help strengthen the team with his vast production knowledge and his sense of humor,” said Halsey.

Ruppert Landscape has been an industry-leading provider of commercial landscaping services for nearly 50 years. Headquartered in Laytonsville, Maryland, the company employs nearly 2000 people and serves customers from 30 branches in nine primary markets: Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville, and Houston. The company has a long-standing tradition of growing its team and giving back to the community. Learn more at