Meet The GroundSystems Team

Our management team has been maintaining the landscapes for commercial properties in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky since the early ’80’s. We understand the demands of property management and determining our clients’ needs is second nature to us. A commitment to developing long-term relationships with our customers, vendors and employees allows us to provide excellent service and superior care.

Mike Rorie

Mike began his career in the commercial grounds industry over three decades ago. He started his first company, GroundMasters, with one truck and grew it to a five city, regional platform serving 1200 customers before selling it to a national provider in 2006. Mike looks forward to providing exceptional service to GroundSystems’ clients around the tri-state as he returns to the industry with this new venture. 

Steve Barhorst
Branch Manager

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

Mike Graves
Account Manager

Mike started his green industry career in Northern Kentucky in the early eighties before joining the GroundMasters team in 1999. Mike has worked in nearly every position at a grounds management company, starting out as a crew foreman and most recently working as an 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. 

Rachel Rorie
Vice President of Finance

Rachel began working in the landscape industry as an administrator at GroundMasters in 2000. Since then she has worked in nearly all aspects of the back office of a commercial landscaping company from administration, to accounts payable and receivable, and most recently as a regional controller for a large national company. She now oversees all aspects of the GroundSystems financial and administrative functions as the Vice President of Finance.

Gary Kuykendall
Business Development

Gary started his career in the landscape industry over 30 years ago 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. Gary continues to apply his expertise to identify and deliver the best services and solutions to our clients as the leader of our sales and client management staff.