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.

Rachel Rorie
President & Chief Operating Officer

Rachel began working in the landscape industry as an administrator at GroundMasters in 2000. Since then, she has participated in nearly all aspects of a commercial landscaping company from administration to accounting, and she’s been a valuable resource for our sales and operations teams. As a founding member of the GroundSystems team, Rachel helped develop many of the systems and processes our company has in place today. As President, Rachel oversees our Sales, Operations and Accounting teams.

Mike Rorie
Executive Vice President

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. As Executive Vice President, Mike resources the GroundSystems team and provides valuable insight and direction from his years in the industry. 

Steve Barhorst
Branch Manager- Dayton

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 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. 

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.

Kris Marsh
Vice President Accounting & Administration

Kris has over 20 years of accounting experience with the last 10 years being in the commercial grounds industry. Her career in the commercial grounds industry began in 2007 as a Regional Controller for a national provider. She joined the GroundSystems team in 2014 as Controller. In her role as Vice President of Finance & Administration, Kris manages all aspects of accounting and administration.

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.

Jeff Fox
Operations Manager- Dayton

Jeff began his career in the green industry in 1992 as a residential landscape contractor. He transitioned to commercial grounds management in 2010 and joined the GroundSystems team in 2014. As an Operations Manager, Jeff manages production crews and strives to provide customers with the highest quality service in the industry.

Jay Witte
Account Manager- Northern Kentucky

Jay began his journey in the green industry 24 years ago when he was hired as a lawn care applicator with GroundMasters. As an Account Manager with GroundSystems, he 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.

Joe Rucker
Account Manager- Cincinnati

Joe started his career in commercial landscaping by working in the golf course industry. Joe joined GroundMasters in 1999 as an Account Manager. Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to our team from his diverse background, which includes forestry, turf management, and irrigation installation and design. 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.

Shannon Noe
Business Development

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 has since served as field supervisor, operations manager, irrigation technician, account manager, and sales manager. As a member of the Business Development team at GroundSystems, Shannon is distinguished by his passion for business, his focus on collaborative team-building, and his commitment to meeting customer and market demands.

Joel Scott
Operations Manager

Joel began his career in in the landscape industry in 1997 and decided to further his education by obtaining a degree in horticulture from Cincinnati State in 2002. 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 has been Landscape Industry Certified through NALP since 2005 and serves as a certification judge each year to help further the industry’s standards with future talent by testing candidates for certification. His passion and understanding of how a landscape is presented allows him to help our customers enhance their image.

Chris Hayes
Regional Snow Manager

Chris began his career in the design build landscape arena in 1982 when he founded Landscape Creations. In 1998 Landscape Creations was acquired by GroundMasters and Chris assumed the role of VP of Operations. Today 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.

Jim Bishop
Branch Manager- Cincinnati

Jim began his career in the green industry with GroundMasters in 1988 as a crew member.  Jim served in various roles until he reached the Branch Manager position. 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.

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 in different departments, including Regional Manager. At GroundSystems, he serves as the Branch Manager of our Northern Kentucky Branch and oversees daily operations to ensure that our team works together to deliver exceptional results to our customers.