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Meet the Team

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Kyle Davis, President

My name is Kyle Davis, President of Edward’s Lawn & Home.  I started the business while a junior at Towson University back in 2007.  Upon graduation, I jumped in full time and decided to focus completely on growing the company, building a client base and hiring staff.  Over the years we have grown substantially since our first day in business, building a talented team of managers, sales professionals, office administration and field production staff.  We have also broadened our client reach to include both commercial and residential properties throughout the majority of Central Maryland.

At this juncture, my primary role is focused on recruiting and hiring new talent to bring onto the Edward’s team, business development, financial management and implementing strategic growth plans to continue moving the company forward.  Our vision and goal is to become an industry leader with multiple branch locations spread throughout the Maryland, Northern Virginia and DC markets.  Working hard each day to develop a strong team, build company culture and develop an organization thats better today then it was yesterday, is a large personal driver for me.  When each of our individual team members live out the company’s core values on a daily basis, and are given the tools and resources to succeed and develop both professionally and personally, inevitably the company as a whole becomes stronger and more successful.  As a result, this provides our clients with the absolute highest level of satisfaction, in the field workmanship and complete customer service experience.  We’re not happy until our clients are!

While this company is a big part of who I am, and is certainly embedded deeply in my life, the balance between this and my time outside of work is as equally important to me.  When I’m not in the office, you can find me typically spending time with my wife and two dogs.  We currently reside on a small farm in Glenelg, Maryland with routine hobbies to include gardening, growing our own vegetables and raising chickens.  I also enjoy spending time with family, traveling, playing golf, cooking, real estate, and snowboarding in the winter months.

 

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Art Ditzel, Director of Operations

Hi, my name is Art Ditzel, Director of Operations at Edwards Lawn & Home. I started with Edward’s as an Account Manager, focusing solely on sales and business development.  During the winter of 2018, I was promoted into my current role as Director of Operations.  My primary responsibilities at the moment are divided between the overall day to day management of the company, coaching backend management and sales staff, scheduling projects, client management, and continued sales and business development.  I spend a fair amount of my day coaching and leading our backend management and sales teams.  I assist in implementing strategic growth and development plans to ensure they are delegated to the proper departments, and carried out as efficiently, professionally and safely as possible.

I entered the landscape industry at age 13 working, on the grounds crew at the Bay Hills Golf course. From there I was hired by a local lawn care company and promoted to a foreman level position at the age of 16. Eventually I found myself at one of the nations largest lawn care companies, until opening my own company just a few years later.  After 5 years of being in business for myself, I decided to close the doors and focus on my family and my faith, taking a position at a general contracting company as a Director of Compliance. After my time spent in this role, I re-entered the green industry after meeting Kyle. I was so excited to find a company striving to do things the correct way along with the vision for accelerated growth, that I signed on right away.

I currently reside in Arnold, Maryland with my beautiful wife and four amazing boys. When not at work I spend the majority of my time with my family and friends. We are involved in our local church and I run a weekly men’s bible study. My hobbies include coaching youth sports, keeping an aquarium, reading, gardening, volunteering at local charities and playing with our pets.

My number one professional goal is to see Edward’s become the highest rated, most distinguished lawn and landscape company within the Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia market. My number one personal goal is to lead, coach and encourage others to live a life of honor and integrity, one where they put others first and give back to their community.  I look forward to meeting and working with you!

 

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Jeremy Chilcoat, Production Manager

Hi, my name is Jeremy Chilcoat, Production Manager here at Edward’s Lawn & Home.  My primary responsibilities are overseeing all of our enhancement and installation field crews. I spend most of my day communicating with clients, assisting my foreman on their projects, scheduling projects, providing onsite training, and procurement of job materials.  The most important role that I play here at Edward’s is helping to teach and coach our field production teams in best industry practices, professionalism, communication and safety training. To find ways to motivate the team so they have the same passion I do for the landscaping industry and upholding a high standard, is a big personal driver for me each day.

I began my love for landscaping in High School at the age of 15. I attended Harford Technical High and studied with a degree in Greenhouse and Landscape Management.  I started a job in my junior year of High School with a company that was affiliated with the school, on a work study program. This was the time in my life that I found my passion, and fell in love with all aspects of landscaping and hardscaping. Since then, I have learned a great deal working for a few companies specializing in certain areas on projects that include, but are not limited to: ponds, retaining walls, patios, drainage solutions, and much more. I truly enjoy watching an old landscape transform into a finished product, and seeing the client’s initial reaction to their completed project. The last company I worked for opened my eyes to the importance of structure and integrity.  I feel very strongly that all my past experiences in the green industry, has given me the direction and structure that made me a great fit to join the growing Edward’s Team.

I currently reside in Churchville, MD. When I was growing up, my dad always took both me and my brother up to the ‘Big M’ which was a Drive-in theater, with every weekend bringing a showcase of classic cars, trucks and hot rods. Growing up around that, I enjoyed being around classic cars and working on them in my spare time. I am also an Eagle Scout and love being in nature anytime I can.  Whether I’m swimming in my pool, camping, or just sitting by the fire pit roasting marshmallows, I genuinely enjoy the outdoors.

 

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James Hoffman, Production Manager

My name is James Hoffman, Production Manager here at Edwards Lawn & Home.  My primary day to day responsibilities include overseeing all of our landscape maintenance crews on a daily basis.  My role is to manage our residential and commercial maintenance sites to ensure a high level of workmanship, quality and safety is being met on a daily basis. In addition, I assist with coaching and training field staff on proper landscape techniques and best safety practices in the field.  I routinely communicate with homeowners and property managers to ensure their needs are being met, and their properties are being maintained to the highest standard.  One of my greatest rewards in being a Production Manager is getting the opportunity to instill the company’s core values within our team and train all of our guys on how to professionally maintain a client’s landscape, The EDWARDS Way.

I was first introduced to the landscape industry by my father at the age of 10, who taught me the important lessons on how to maintain a great property. At the age of 21, I worked for a small Mom & Pop shop in Crofton, MD, where I managed a five man crew maintaining commercial properties. After a several years of this, I started a new position at Ruppert Landscape as a maintenance field manager at the age of 25. This role allowed be to continue my education and broadened my knowledge on executing proper landscape maintenance techniques in the safest, most professional ways possible. This experience has laid a solid foundation for me to continue to grow in the landscape industry, specifically in a new leadership role for me on the Edward’s Team.

I currently reside in Perry Hall, MD.  On my days off I love to be outdoors and enjoy activities such as hiking, fishing, and all types of recreational sports. I’m very big into Airsoft, as the team I am on travel throughout different states competing in events against other skilled competitors. I also enjoy spending time with my family, which is a very important part of my life. A professional goal of mine would be to help coach, mentor and develop new incoming crewman at Edward’s and help give them the tools to become successful foreman or managers as we continue to grow.  To see a seed grow into a tree!

 

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Robert Busser, Account Manager

Hi, my name is Rob Busser and I am an Account Manager at Edwards Lawn & Home. I spend most of my days meeting with residential and commercial clients, reviewing their landscape project needs, assessing opportunities and challenges, sales and business development.  My favorite part of the job is getting the opportunity to meet with new and various clients and to make their vision become reality.  Providing top notch quality work and workmanship with excellent customer service is a big professional driver for me.

I began my understanding of horticulture and operating equipment at the age of 12 on a Tobacco Farm in Southern Maryland which lasted for many years.  Later down the road, I had a career at one of the largest financial firms in the world, which lasted up until the financial crisis struck.  At this juncture in my life and career, I made the decision to re-enter the green industry. At this time I decided to lay down some roots and start a family. I was with another company for nearly 10 years when the opportunity at Edwards presented itself. After meeting everyone and understanding their vision and commitment to the people they come in contact with, I signed on immediately and wanted to be apart of the Edward’s Team.

I live in Crofton, Maryland with my two amazing girls, and our dog “Daisey”. When not at work I spend the majority of my time with my family and friends. Usually at one of the girls soccer games, dance recitals, or site seeing in one of our beautiful neighboring cities. My hobbies include motorsports, boating, and Christmas Light displays. My home has been featured in numerous newspapers, and on television. At last count we had 500,000 lights and still growing!

My number one professional goal is to be fully committed to all of our customers, both residential and commercial, and to assure that their experience with Edwards Lawn & Home is always a pleasant and easy process.

 

Kristin Simpson, Office Manager

My name is Kristin Simpson, I’ve been apart of the Edward’s Team since 2017 as the Office Manager. I enjoy all aspects of business and customer service, both internally and externally. I have been in the accounting and leadership fields for over 15 years.  I enjoy planning, coaching, strategizing, and building within the business realm. At Edward’s, I can participate in all that I enjoy doing each and every day as the company continues to grow.  In being a member of the Edward’s Team, I have been fortunate enough to help in all of these areas and look forward to the future of Edward’s.  On a daily basis, I handle all aspects of the company’s AR, AP and HR and keep the back end of the office running like a well oiled machine.

When I’m not in the office, I enjoy being a mother to my son, Lewie, who just began his first year at UMD.  His Major is in Computer Engineering at the James A. Clark School of Engineering. I also truly enjoy watching him play Rugby, even though it is scary from a mother’s point of view and I don’t truly understand the sport.  Edward’s Lawn & Home was his first job before starting at UMD, and he really enjoyed his time here.  I also enjoy being a mother to my Shih Tzu, Ellie. She has been my best friend through the transition of Lewie moving on campus at UMD. My other favorite thing in life is helping others smile, even if only for a moment. I try to give my time, an ear, advice, empathy, a card or anything I can at the time, to brighten others’ days. I truly believe that is all people need at times, and I genuinely believe that it’s part of my purpose.

 

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Brie Womack, Office Assistant

My name is Brie and I recently joined the team as the new office assistant. I assist with answering the phones, data entry, reporting, and setting up appointments. In my time away from Edwards, I am going to school for computer science. I also enjoy reading, crocheting, hiking with my dog, and traveling.

 

 

 

 

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2018 Season Kickoff Photo