Our team draws on different perspectives, expertise, and backstories to deliver designs that truly transform. Much like a well-planned garden-scape, we think diversity just makes everything more interesting. We are designers, technicians, and horticulturists, but most importantly, we are all gardeners.
Fantasy Job: Head gardener at Palace Versailles in Versailles, France
Favorite Tool: Avant Gardener visor
Personality: Typical Libra, balancing act is between self and others
Backstory: Passion for horticulture started in the 7th grade when I put together two planters for my mom on Mother’s Day. At the time of high school graduation I had numerous annual and perennial beds, a rose garden, containers, and hanging baskets in my family’s yard. Graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Environmental Science. The decision to start Avant Gardener came about while traveling to Colorado for Christmas with my family in December 2004.
When I’m not working, you will find me: At the gym or piddling round in my yard.
Catchphrase: “Just make it happen!”
What I love about my job: Watching the growth, both personally and professionally, of all my team members.
Unknown Talent: I can play a mean game of basketball
Favorite Word: “What up, G?”
Fantasy Job: Actor, movie star
Favorite Tool: My car
Personality: Jovial, joker
Backstory: Moved to Atlanta in 1988 fresh out of the military and began working as a part-time bookkeeper with a company in the construction industry. I was with my previous company for 21 years. I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers, helping manage records, and analyzing projects to ensure growth and success.
When I’m not working, you will find me: Working out, playing volleyball, tennis, and traveling.
Catchphrase: “Front desk angel!”
What I love about my job: Numbers! Numbers! Numbers! Compiling financial data to present to the team in order to make logical business decisions and allow everyone to work smarter not harder!
Unknown Talent: Handyman
Favorite Word: “Mother-Father!”
Fantasy Job: Formula One driver
Favorite Tool: My mouth
Personality: Helpful, goofy
Backstory: 2 1/2 years into an engineering degree at Virginia Tech, I decided to take a horticulture class about indoor plants. After an amazing discussion with one of my professors – and after meeting the legions of incredible people at VT who love and enjoy horticulture – I knew this was the field for me. In the many years I’ve worked in this business, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from the best landscapers and landscape suppliers in the industry. That’s an experience that keeps growing strong here at Avant Gardener.
When I’m not working, you will find me: Somewhere at an event with my kids.
Catchphrase: “I’ll just sit on the cooler!!!”
What I love about my job: Being part of a great and creative team
Unknown Talent: Being annoying, but yet so lovable
Favorite Word: “Son of a Gun”
Fantasy Job: Secret Service agent
Favorite Tool: Footwork
Personality: Outgoing, witty
Backstory: Originally from San Diego CA, I moved to Atlanta in 2010. I’m a full-time father, and I’ve been lucky in work too; fortunate enough to work hand in hand with awesome, passionate people that help me grow as a person in every way.
When I’m not working, you will find me: Being a full-time daddy!
Catchphrase: “If you’re not first, you’re last.”
What I love about my job: The opportunity to learn from my peers
Unknown Talent: Athletics
Favorite Word: “Joga Bonito”
Fantasy Job: Sketch comedy writer
Favorite Tool: Socket wrench
Personality: Funny, fun, and outgoing
Backstory: was a projectionist for 6 years before I got into landscaping – a natural change since I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and loved challenging myself with new and exciting vocations.
When I’m not working, you will find me: Hanging out with friends and family, having fun.
Catchphrase: “Oh my goodness gracious”
What I love about my job: I am never doing the same thing every day. It constantly changes.
Unknown Talent: Great card player
Favorite Word: “Crispy”
Fantasy Job: Run my own agriculture farm
Favorite Tool: Hand pruner
Personality: Quiet person but when you get to know me, loud and outgoing
Backstory: When I was 18, I read a book about horticulture that inspired me – so much so that I became an herbalist. It also spurred me to pursue some agriculture internships, which led me to West Georgia Tech in 2014 to pursue a degree in horticulture. Five years later, I started working for Avant Gardner to put my hard-earned skills to work.
When I’m not working, you will find me: At the gym, camping in the woods, or in my veggie garden at home.
What I love about my job: Seeing the progress of the flower beds I tend to from start to finish. I also treat my work as an art piece.
Unknown Talent: Play the piano and guitar
Favorite Word: “Blooming and amazing”