It’s always been about you.

To be successful in the commercial landscaping business requires more than just great-looking properties. For us, it’s about developing long-term relationships with our own team and with our customers.

Our management team has been maintaining the landscapes for commercial properties in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky since the early ’80s. We understand the demands put on you, the property managers, and we know how to alleviate your pain points.  

Rachel Rorie

President & Chief Operating Officer

As President, Rachel oversees our Sales, Operations and Accounting teams. As a founding member of the GroundSystems team, Rachel helped develop many of the systems and processes our company has in place today. Rachel started her career in the landscape industry with GroundMasters in 2000. Since then she has become an expert in nearly all aspects of commercial landscaping, from administration to accounting. She’s a valuable resource for our sales and operations teams.

Steve Barhorst

Vice President of Operations

Steve started as a crew member at GroundMasters in 1996 and worked his way up to branch manager. Now, at GroundSystems, Steve oversees all aspects of performing and managing the day-to-day operations. His goal is to ensure the GroundSystems team is always ready to provide the highest level of service possible.

Kris Marsh

Vice President Accounting & Administration

Kris manages all aspects of accounting and administration. She has more than 20 years of accounting experience--the last ten in the commercial grounds industry. She served as Controller for a national provider and joined GroundSystems in 2014 as Controller.

Gary Kuykendall

Business Development Manager

Gary identifies and delivers the best services and solutions to our clients as the leader of our sales and client management staff. His 30+ year career started as a Principal of GroundMasters. Since then he has lead and participated in all aspects of the industry, from mowing lawns and performing installation work, to designing GroundMasters’ client management software systems and overseeing their best-in-class customer service standards.

Chris Hayes

Regional Snow Manager

Chris founded Landscape Creations in 1982. In 1998, Landscape Creations was acquired by GroundMasters and Chris assumed the role of VP of Operations. Now at GroundSystems Chris works closely with each of the branch leadership teams to ensure they have necessary resources such as labor, materials and equipment to meet the needs of our valued customers.

Mark McClanahan

Corporate Projects Manager

Mark has over 40 years of experience in the landscape industry. He worked for several landscape companies before joining GroundMasters in 1999 as an Account Manager. Mark eventually became a Branch Manager serving in this role in two different locations. Mark joined GroundSystems in 2017 and works with the corporate team on systems and procedures.

Shannon Noe

Estimator

Shannon started his career in the landscape industry in 2005 and has excelled in many positions along the way. Starting as a crew member, he worked his way up to field supervisor, operations manager, irrigation technician, account manager, and sales manager. As our company estimator, Shannon is distinguished by his passion for business, his focus on collaborative team-building, and his commitment to meeting customer and market demands.  

 

Joni Adams

Corporate Administrator

Joni began her landscape career over 25 years ago as a field employee with a small landscape company, quickly moving into the Office Manager role. When the company closed, she joined the GroundMasters team in 2005 as an Administrator. Her focus at GroundSystems is to provide internal support to the accounting and management teams. Joni also works with our vendors and customers to make sure that no detail is overlooked.

Mike Rorie

Board Member

Mike has worked in the commercial grounds industry for over three decades. He started his first company, GroundMasters, with one truck, and grew it to a five-city, regional platform serving 1,200 customers before selling it to a national provider in 2006. As a Board Member, Mike resources the GroundSystems team and provides valuable insight and direction.

Mike Graves

Regional Account Manager

Mike has been working in the industry since the early 80s, joining the GroundMasters team in 1999. Mike has served in nearly every position a grounds management company has to offer, from crew foreman to account manager. Starting out as a crew foreman and most recently as a regional account manager. He believes trust, honesty and quality are the foundations of a great working relationship and uses these principles to deliver excellent results to our clients.

Jeff Fox

Branch Manager, Dayton

Jeff manages our Dayton branch and strives to provide customers with the highest quality service in the industry. His career in the green industry began in 1992 as a residential landscape contractor. He transitioned to commercial grounds management in 2010 and joined the GroundSystems team in 2014.

Juan Cabrera

Operations Manager, Dayton

Juan strives to maximize productivity and deliver excellent customer service. He started his career in landscaping in 2014, as a crew member of GroundSystems. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. Juan worked as a supervisor for DHL Supply Chain before returning to GroundSystems as an Operations Manager in 2017.   

Jim Moore

Landscape Operations Manager, Dayton

Jim began his career in the landscape industry in the 1980's. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He ran is own successful design/build firm in the Dayton market for over 20 years. Jim's design experience and his attention to detail ensures our customers experience a very high quality result.  

Jason Edwards

Business Development Manager, Dayton

Jason joined the GroundSystems team in 2018, and is dedicated to creating long lasting relationships with our clients by providing them with the highest quality service. Jason has been working in the landscape industry since 2002. He started his own company in 2007, and in 2014 decided to join another landscape company in Dayton as an account manager. He has held many roles, from mowing to account management and sales.  

Ian Robinson

Branch Administrator

Ian began his career in the green industry over 17 years ago with one of the nation's largest lawn care providers , eventually moving into a regional supervisory role.  With that, Ian learned a vast amount about the green industry and the various roles and responsibilities that help make a green industry company successful.  Ian believes in delivering superb customer service and delivering consistent results. 

Mike Knezevic

Account Manager, Dayton

Mike began his landscape career in 2001 as a crew member in the golf course industry.  Since then he has held leadership roles in account management and business development most recently in the heavy equipment industry.  Mike is passionate about helping customers meet their goals and places the needs of his customers first in order to deliver the highest quality outcome every day.

Jim Bishop

Branch Manager, Cincinnati

Jim started his career in 1988 as a crew member for GroundMasters. He served in various roles until being promoted to Branch Manager. At GroundSystems, Jim oversees the daily operations in the Cincinnati Market to ensure that our team produces quality service in a safe and professional manner.

Joe Rucker

Account Manager, Cincinnati

Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to our team from his diverse background, which includes forestry, turf management, and irrigation installation and design. Joe joined GroundMasters in 1999 as an Account Manager. In his current position at GroundSystems, he understands it’s quality and customer service first that makes the difference. Joe’s goal is to provide a level of service that exceeds customer expectations.

Joel Scott

Account Manager, Cincinnati

Joel began his career in in the landscape industry in 1997, and earned his degree in horticulture from Cincinnati State in 2001. After spending two years supervising and installing residential landscapes, he joined the GroundMasters team in 2004 as a Landscape Installation Foreman. Throughout his career, Joel has served in various roles in operations and customer service. Joel is Landscape Industry Certified through NALP, and acts as a judge to candidates for certification. His passion and understanding of how a landscape is presented allows him to help our customers enhance their image.

Michael Furbay

Operations Manager, Cincinnati

Michael began his career in the landscape industry in 1998.  He has held numerous positions ranging from Crew Member to Landscape Manager to Account Manager.  His passion for the industry compelled him to earn a degree in Horticulture Science in 2014. Michael works with the Cincinnati team to ensure excellent customer service and quality product are delivered every day.  He believes trust, honesty, and communication are the keys to creating long lasting relationships.

Ken Brewer

Branch Manager, Northern Kentucky

Kenny began his green industry career over 30 years ago. He worked for several landscape companies prior to joining GroundMasters in 1996 as a landscape designer. Over the years, Kenny held many positions at GroundMasters, including Regional Manager. At GroundSystems, he oversees daily operations to ensure that our team works together to deliver exceptional results to our customers.

Sheila Dean

Branch Administrator, Northern Kentucky

Sheila began her experience as an office administrator in 1999. She joined the landscape industry in 2016 with a large landscape company in Northern Kentucky. She became a part of the GroundSystems’ team through an acquisition and is currently managing the administrative responsibilities for the Northern Kentucky branch.

Eric Edwards

Business Development Manager, Northern Kentucky

Eric developed a passion for the landscaping profession over two decades ago while working as a sales associate for a local nursery. In the spring of 1998, he founded Perfection Landscaping & Design, Inc.. Perfection remained in operation until the fall of 2017 when he joined forces with GroundSystems, Inc. He now focuses on building lasting relationships and ensuring our customers receive the impeccable quality and service they have come to expect from the GroundSystems team.

Jay Witte

Account Manager, Northern Kentucky
Jay is responsible for building and strengthening relationships with past, current and future customers. His focus is to handle our priorities so our customers can handle theirs. Jay started in this industry over 20 years ago as a lawn care applicator with GroundMasters.

Jason Baldwin

Account Manager, Northern Kentucky

Jason started his career in the landscaping industry in 1996 as a laborer for a landscaping and nursery company, and quickly realized this industry was his calling. Jason has worked in many roles, from mowing grass to installing and managing large landscape projects. Jason’s energy and passion to keep lawns and landscapes looking spectacular is what continues to drive him today. Most recently Jason was the General Manager of Perfection Landscaping and Design, Inc. and became a member of the GroundSystems team through an acquisition. Jason is excited to continue providing outstanding customers service as a GroundSystems Account Manager.

Brian Floyd

Operations Manager, Northern Kentucky

Brian began his career in the landscaping industry in the mid 1990s at a small landscape company in his hometown. After some time away, he returned to the green industry in 2006 in roles from crew member to branch manager. As a member of the GroundSystems team, Brian uses his passion for safety and team building to deliver exceptional customer service.

Zach McGlone

Operations Manager, Northern Kentucky

Zach started his career as a Grounds Crewman and eventually Grounds Supervisor at a minor league baseball complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. During this time Zach earned degrees in  Organizational Leadership & Business Management at Northern Kentucky University. Zach has also worked in the dirt and landscape equipment insurance industry as a Production Underwriter and Product Manager for the Specialty Equipment Services division of Great American Insurance Group. Following his time at Great American, Zach worked as the Maintenance Program Manager & Warranty Coordinator with The Motz Group. Zach joined GroundSystems in 2018 as an Operations Manager at the Hebron, Kentucky branch.  

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