Twenty-seven years ago, Susan Stephenson Harris, a retired banker from Oklahoma, moved to Arizona to relax and play golf. Six months later, in 1988, she started Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management as a hobby. In 1997 Matt White joined the Caretaker team and in 2007 he became the sole owner of Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management.
When White started with the company in 1997 the company had 12 employees, 12 clients and 2 crews. White recognized there were great opportunities in the industry. He also recognized there was a lot of work to do with Caretaker Landscape to get it to the top. Over the past 17 years White has focused on two key areas; people and purpose.
As Matt White, President, reflects on Caretaker Landscape’s 27th anniversary he says, “it was amazing people that founded this company and as any good company manager knows, it’s taken incredible individuals, teams and partners to get us to where we are today. All the successes we’ve had can be traced to great individuals on great teams!”
These successes of the Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management team have lead to the companies expanding their services to Tucson and Colorado.
Landscape Management released its 2015 LM150 list of the largest landscape companies ranked by 2014 revenue. Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management ranked No. 62 on the list with just over $23 million n 2014 annual revenue.
The landscape industry’s largest 150 revenue-generating firms logged a combined $8.5 billion in 2014 annual revenue—a 10 percent increase from last year’s list totaling $7.7 billion in 2013 annual revenue. Overall, LM150 companies averaged a 16 percent growth rate from 2013 to 2014.
“Congratulations to Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management and all the companies on this year’s LM150 list,” said Marisa Palmieri, editor of Landscape Management. “The firms on this list represent the top 1 percent of the landscape industry. It’s an honor to be among them.”
Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management has promoted Craig DeBon to Senior Project Manager. Craig has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Oregon State University, his Certified Landscape Technician certification from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He will be responsible for coordinating pre-construction meetings, plan and budget review and oversight, job set-up /job book, scheduling, writing RFI’s, submitting change order requests, equipment scheduling, material orders and coordination, invoice approval and cost coding, two week look ahead and manpower coordination. Craig has over 18 years of experience in commercial landscaping. He started his career in commercial maintenance and after a few years, moved over to commercial construction where he has installed, estimated, and managed multi-million dollar projects.
Play the ace of hearts next weekend at an “all in” poker tournament. Caretaker Landscape is partnering with Hotfoot Recruiters, Ewing Irrigation and the Scottsdale 20-30 Club to host the tournament.
Prizes for the biggest winners (and losers, too), and if participants are feeling extra lucky they can participate in a raffle for a new Toyota. Tournament proceeds support Brokers for Kids, which raises money for local children’s charities such as the Boys Hope and Girls Hope, which gives educational opportunities to children in less fortunate living situations.
Registration begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 17, with cocktails and food. The Texas Hold ‘Em tournament begins at 6 p.m. Minimum donation is $100 for 5,000 chips. Tournament maxes out at 150 players. All interested parties must RSVP by January 7 to Caretaker Landscape’s Dena Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caretaker Landscape recently announced Cherie Koester as its director of environmental compliance.
Koester’s background includes five years working for Maricopa County as a dust control inspector. She received her Masters of Science in international environmental technology management and sustainability from Arizona State University. She is a qualified preparer of storm water pollution prevention plans and is EPA Method 9 Visible Emission Certified. She has experience leading public education presentations on particulate matter pollution, dust control regulations and the necessities of staying in compliance with federal and local air pollution laws.
Koester previously served as an assistant store manager of a health and nutrition family owned business. This is where she found her passion for the environment, health and safety.
Caretaker Landscape attributes its sustainable success with its professional and passionate team, and a spokeswoman says Caretaker is fortunate that Koester has joined the team.