Ed CastroMISSION & GOALS
As President and Principal of one of Atlanta's leading Landscape Design/Build & Maintenance firms, Ed Castro strives to be the recognized leader in residential garden design, construction, and maintenance. Partnering environmental responsibility and architectural beauty, Ed Castro works with multiple prominent high end residential builders in the Atlanta area. A sampling of his other projects include: City of Roswell Planting and Maintenance, City of Alpharetta Planting and Maintenance, Cabbage Town Park Construction, Candler Park Renovation, and Chastain Park Design Development Standards. Ed Castro has supported an array of leading community initiatives and overa dozen of the non-profit organizations in Atlanta committed to improving quality of life.PARTICIPATION & RECOGNITION
• Atlanta Botanical Garden • Atlanta Symphony Decorators' Show House • Alliance Children's Theater Guild Christmas House • >Earth Share • Sarah Smith Elementary Partner in Education • Southeastern Flower Show and Southeastern Flower Show Board of Trustees • Chastain Park Conservancy Board of Trustees • Financial support of more than two dozen charities in Atlanta • Advisor to City of Atlanta PRCA DepartmentCERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
• American Society of Landscape Architects • Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association • Associated Landscape Contractors of America- PlanetEDUCATION
• BLA, University of Georgia 1988, Athens, Georgia • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1985 Melbourne, Australia • Landscape Architecture Department
Chris Hopper has served Ed Castro Landscape for over a decade joining the firm in 2001. Chris is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in Design Build. Chris has guided many large residential projects from conceptualization to completion, acting as design consultant and contract administrator. Chris' attention to detail has allowed him to create outdoor environments that exceed client expectations. Chris is also Ed Castro Landscape's Director of Southeastern Flower Show Construction and enjoys the challenge of building exceptional gardens indoors. In his free time, Chris enjoys gardening and outdoor activities with his wife and two children.
CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS • Georgia Certified Nurseryman • Georgia Soil & Water Construction Commission Level 1A Certification #0000058598 <• Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association - MALTA • Associated Landscape Contractors of America - PLANET • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce - GNFCC EDUCATION
BS in Horticulture with emphasis in Design Build, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 2000
Hannah Seaton joined Ed Castro Landscape over a decade ago as a designer with the firm in 2003. Hannah has now worked her way up to the consulting level and also holds the position of assistant design studio manager reviewing designs, training, and developing standards for the company. As a residential design consultant, Hannah has worked on design build projects of all sizes and scope. Hannah's portfolio includes a variety of high end residential landscape/ hardscape design and construction packages. She enjoys taking a project from an idea to reality through design and installation management. "The best part of my job is seeing the project evolve and making sure the design intent is met and the Homeowner's expectations are met and exceeded. It never gets boring." Hannah lives in Roswell with her husband and enjoys cooking and gardening in her free time as well as spending time with family and friends.CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS
• Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level II Certified #0000040316 • Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association - MALTA • Associated Landscape Contractors of America - PLANET • Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce - GNFCCEDUCATION
BLA University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 2003
Public & Commercial Spaces
Tianchi (Chelsea) YouEXPERIENCE
Chelsea joined Ed Castro Landscape in fall 2016, following her summer internship in 2015. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Agriculture in Landscape Architecture degree in China and Master of Landscape Architecture degree in the University of Georgia. Since she joined Ed Castro Landscape, Chelsea has worked on different scales of residential landscape designs and renovations around Atlanta area, assisting in commercial landscape projects such as Atlanta City Hall, Little Nancy Creek Park and multiple Fulton County government building landscape renovations, contributing her advanced computer skills in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suites, and SketchUp to design idea illustrations and presentations. Chelsea is dedicated in creating meaningful human-scale landscape environments that celebrate the balance between embracing nature and comfortable living. It is the inner eagerness to improve human living environment that motivates her to keep curious and challenging herself in the design process. In her spare time, Chelsea loves photography, spontaneous road trips, hiking, and volunteering in the community.Certifications
LEED Green Associate, SITES APEDUCATION
Master of Landscape Architecture-University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2016
Bachelor of Agriculture in Landscape Architecture-Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang, China, 2013
Production & Installation
Susan is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. She is a GGIA certified plant professional. Throughout her career in the green industry, Susan has worked in retail and landscape markets holding these positions: Senior Horticulturist, Nursery Manager, Purchasing Manager, and General Manager. Her experience in the field includes extensive plant material knowledge, garden center & general management, operations, human resources, scheduling, customer service, merchandising, procurement, inventory and accounting.
Since joining Ed Castro Landscape in 2011, Susan has held the position of Project Coordinator. She is responsible for vendor relations, procurement, invoice reconciliation, inventory control, material logistics, and production scheduling. She is involved in the design/build process from inception to completion of all ECL installation projects. Susan provides support to the Design & Operations team on providing horticultural knowledge in proposal development, installation, design, maintenance, and ornamental care. She coordinates with the ECL staff to ensure the availability and pricing of product, obtaining specification and photographic submittals as needed, as well as accurate and timely supply of materials prior to and during the installation process. Susan is involved in many aspects of production for the Enhancements, Private Gardens, Public Spaces & Maintenance divisions. Additionally, she plays a key role in working with the Administrative team in developing proper Standard Operation Procedures and protocols.
She lives in Johns Creek with her husband and enjoys nature, gardening, cooking, traveling, photography & spending time with her extended family.
Steve Lofstrom began with Ed Castro Landscape in September 2016 and has over 15 years of management and client services experience. Steve handles hard material, plant and equipment inventory, delivery logistics, facility services and quality control for sub-contracted and in-house maintenance of large scale portfolio contract.
Originally from Fairport NY, Steve resides in Roswell GA and enjoys playing Hockey and watching sports.
James Crockett is in his 3rd year with Ed Castro as Director of Commercial Business Development. Working with Commercial Real Estate professionals along with HOA boards and their communities James focuses on finding solutions to his clients landscape management struggles. Developing open communication between our maintenance crews/leadership and our clients creates a relationship that makes the daily problem solving in the landscape industry much less stressful for our clients. His focus and commitment to building trust with our clients sets us apart from our competition.
James has spent the majority of his adult life in sales. While doing that he has learned that integrity, honesty, trust, and communication are a necessity to long term success. He has built those qualities into his character and carries them into his relationships not only with his clients but also with his co-workers. Before his career in sales James served as a member of the armed forces during Operation Enduring Freedom in the United States Navy.
Having spent most of his life in Alaska, James moved to Georgia in 2011. He resides in Canton with his 2 daughters. His passion and purpose is to help others who may be going through their own struggles in life. His life’s purpose is to change the world by helping individuals - believing that if you help one person change their life, you change their world, and the impact you leave behind will be remembered forever.
Dave joined Ed Castro Landscape in December of 2014 as the Director of Maintenance. In order to better serve and manage our clientele, both residential and commercial, Dave provides an energetic and proven track record toward team building, customer satisfaction, commitment to quality and process improvement. With over 20 years experience in the metro Atlanta green industry, Dave brings a highly focused skill set that pivots on the firm knowledge that any team is only as good as the crews on the ground. Under Dave’s leadership, the current and future success of the ECL maintenance division will be driven through the professional growth and development of leaders. His passion for aligning and mentoring individuals with landscape industry potential, uniquely positions ECL to strategically expand while not compromising the service quality so vital to our clients and brand.
Most recently, Dave served with distinction as the Branch Manager of the former Brickman Group’s Alpharetta office. During his ten year tenure, he doubled gross revenue over a 4-year span while averaging a yearly contract renewal rate of over 90%. Dave has the most pride however, in recognition of his highly effective and efficient crews: “The team we built, reflected an unwavering focus on consistent, quality performance; daily, weekly, monthly and yearly, and the success we achieved was due, in no small part, to incredibly low turnover driven by a group of professionals who truly believed in, and were passionate about, pulling in the same direction.”
Along with Ed Castro, Rick Olsen and Cindi Wiley, Dave will serve on the ECL Executive Committee. He currently lives with his wife and two boys in Woodstock, Georgia where he is involved as a coach with East Cobb Baseball, Cherokee Youth Basketball and Etowah Junior Lacrosse. Originally from Fairport New York, Dave attended St. John Fisher College and has been working in the Atlanta green industry since 1995.
Rusty Adkins joined the Ed Castro team in April 2018. He brings 15 years of field production and quality control experience in commercial landscape maintenance. As a former commercial supervisor with Ed Castro’s maintenance department, he understands what it requires to build teams, drive quality service and work closely with his clients. Rusty currently lives in Dahlonega, GA with his 8 year old son. Rusty coaches baseball and soccer while also running and keeping up with a small tree farm in the mountains of Georgia.
Steve joined Ed Castro Landscape in November 2016 as the Shop Manager and Lead Mechanic. Steve’s role is imperative in promoting a well-organized fleet, with regard to safety, functionality, and communication. Steve brings 18+ years of landscape ownership and management experience, running the gamut from client management, team leadership, and fleet maintenance. Steve compliments his role at ECL with his solution-oriented approach and proven understanding of the industry overall. A key strength he brings to this role is the understanding of how his work effects all elements of the ECL business. Since joining the team, Steve’s emphasis on putting processes in place to maintain functionality of assets, inventory, record-keeping, and vendors has significantly increased efficiency in the department. He is dedicated to training employees and peers on these processes to extend the life of a fleet and increase cost effectiveness. Steve is very proud of his accomplishments since joining the ECL team “I’m proud to work with a group of professionals open to and accepting of my inputs for improvement. This is a company that is willing to make the necessary changes to improve the bottom line and ultimately, better serve our customers, while recognizing our impact on the environment.” Steve has lived with his wife and three children in Marietta, GA since 2015. The family are recent transplants from the Detroit Area, which they originally called home. An avid outdoorsman and family man, Steve enjoys fishing, music, travelling, and building family memories.
Melissa BurnsEXPERIENCE Melissa joined ECL in February 2018. She a licensed Georgia CPA that brings 15+ years of construction and real estate accounting experience. She is a native Floridian, where she earned her accounting degree from the University of South Florida, but calls Georgia home. Her and her husband stay busy raising their two teenage daughters. As a family, they are active in their church serving/supporting local and global missions. They have spent many years cheering for their oldest daughter’s lacrosse and cross country teams. As a supporter of the arts, Melissa is a board member of her younger daughter’s ballet company. Every December, she can be found in the dressing room preparing children for their annual performance of Nutcracker.
Meredith Jedlicka is an Auburn graduate with a background in horticulture and design. She enjoys creating functionally beautiful outdoor spaces utilizing a variety of design styles and botanically unique plant selections. In her spare time she enjoys gardening and is an avid collector of old books and mineral specimens.Certifications and Achievements
Georgia Certified Plant Professional
Time 2006 Person of the Year
Auburn University - Bachelors of Science, Landscape Horticulture
Claire SniderEXPERIENCE Claire joined Ed Castro Landscape as staff accountant after 33 years of experience in her field. She previously worked for Crawford Media Services in multiple roles in accounting and management.
Teresa Worthington began working at Ed Castro Landscape in 2001. After taking time off to raise her children, Teresa stepped back into the Human Resources Manager & Executive Assistant role in September 2018. What Teresa enjoys most about being part of the ECL team is the employees that build close relationships and develop a family-like environment. Teresa currently lives in North Forsyth with her 2 children. Teresa enjoys sports, music, and spending time in the North Georgia mountains while hiking, fishing or just relaxing with her children and friends.