President

Ed Castro
Ed Castro President
About Ed

Ed Castro

MISSION & 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 Department

CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

• American Society of Landscape Architects • Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association • Associated Landscape Contractors of America- Planet

EDUCATION

• BLA, University of Georgia 1988, Athens, Georgia • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology 1985 Melbourne, Australia • Landscape Architecture Department

Private Gardens

Chris Hopper
Chris Hopper Senior Landscape Design Consultant
About Chris

Chris Hopper

EXPERIENCE

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
Hannah Seaton Senior Landscape Design Consultant
About Hannah

Hannah Seaton

EXPERIENCE

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 - GNFCC

EDUCATION

BLA University of Georgia Athens, Georgia 2003

Charles Shipp
Charles Shipp Landscape Designer
About Charles

Charles Shipp

EXPERIENCE

Charles Shipp recently joined Ed Castro Landscape as a member of the design team. He brings a wide range of work experience to the company, including private landscapes, parks and public spaces, institutional planning, as well as urban design and community planning. While in school at Auburn University, he assisted in the site analysis and master plan for the B.B. King Museum in Mississippi, the creation of a Comprehensive Zoning and Development Plan for Macon County, Alabama, and was an officer with the AU student chapters American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association.

Since working in Atlanta, he has contributed to designs for the Atlanta Beltline, Ponce City Market, Georgia Tech, and Piedmont Park, as well as a variety of single and multifamily residential landscapes. Charles brings a passion for exceptional design, with a keen interest in regional and vernacular design. In his free time, he enjoys art, gardening and volunteering in the community.

EDUCATION

Master of Landscape Architecture - Auburn University, Auburn, AL 2006
Master of Community Planning - Auburn University, Auburn, AL 2006
Bachelor of Environmental Design - Auburn University, Auburn, AL 2004

Meredith Jedlicka
Meredith Jedlicka Enhancements Coordinator
About Meredith

Meredith Jedlicka

EXPERIENCE

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

EDUCATION

Auburn University - Bachelors of Science, Landscape Horticulture

Public & Commercial Spaces

Susan Ludwig
Susan Ludwig Director of Public Spaces
About Susan

Susan Ludwig

EXPERIENCE

Susan M Ludwig brings 25 years of innovative design, development and redevelopment work to the public spaces team. Her portfolio contains an assortment of urban development projects varying in scale and urban context. Susan has worked with both public and private clients in developing and implementing best-practice planning models, progressive policy, and technical design/build assistance to foster development initiatives; facilitate partnerships; create a vibrant communities; and preserve and enhance sense of place.

Susan obtained her Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University, Master of Landscape Architecture from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University- concentration in sustainable urban design and development, and Bachelor of Science in Renewable and Sustainable Resource Management from the University of Louisiana.

CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

  • American Society of Landscape Architecture
  • American Planning Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Georgia Department of Agriculture Live Plant Certification- Lic. #37205

    EDUCATION

    Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Georgia State University, Georgia
    Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) – Louisiana State University, Louisiana
    Bachelor of Science, Renewable and Sustainable Resource Management - University of Louisiana, Louisiana

  • Henry Kisseih
    Henry Kisseih Project Manager
    About Henry

    Henry Kisseih

    EXPERIENCE

    Henry Kisseih has over 20 years of experience in general construction. He graduated from New England Institute of Technology in Building, Construction and Accra Polytechnic College in Ghana for Building Technology.

    Henry has an active life outside of work. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is the father of two young sons who enjoy “helping” their dad with home improvement projects. He is also pursuing further education in Construction Management at Kennesaw State University.

    CERTIFICATIONS & AFFILIATIONS

  • Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Level IA Certified
  • Nuclear Power Generation Workshop Construction and Setup Certificate
  • Nuclear Power Generation Workshop Quality Assurance/Quality Control Certificate
  • Microbial Remediation Certified, American Indoor Air Quality Council-May 2006 to May 2009
  • EDUCATION

  • Opportunities Industrialization Centre, Ghana 1994
  • Koforidua Technical Institute, Ghana 1995
  • BS, Accra Polytechnic College, Ghana 1999
  • New England Institute of Technology, Rhode Island 2004
  • Kennesaw State University, Georgia
  • Swati Srinath
    Swati Srinath Project Estimator
    About Swati

    Swati Srinath

    EXPERIENCE

    Swati Srinath is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Health. In 2014 Swati lead the launch of Bulldog Bikes, a bike share program throughout the UGA campus. She also participated in the UGA Cost Rica study abroad program to study agricultural development/landscaping.

    Swati joined the Ed Castro team in 2016. She comes in with strong project management skills and a love for working with people to make their visions come to life. Swati is excited to be a part of the ECL team and to contribute to the estimating and design processes. She loves building the foundations of a project and seeing it finished with exceeded customer expectations.

    In 2015, Swati married her college sweetheart, Madhav. They have a beautiful dog named Milo and love being outdoors with him whether its hiking or food truck night at the local park. She recently started her side business, The Perfect Substitute, and loves to work on that in her free time. Swati also enjoys traveling whenever she can, cooking, all kinds of DIY crafts, and family time!

    Production & Installation

    Susan Howarth
    Susan Howarth Project Coordinator
    About Susan

    Susan Howarth

    EXPERIENCE

    Susan graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture. She is a professional Horticulturist experienced in design/build project coordination, operations, procurement, retail and landscape management, vendor relations, inventory control and accounting. Her education and years of working within the field have afforded her extensive experience in dealing with ornamental landscape elements, including familiarity with plant material and hardscapes. She has worked in both the retail and landscape divisions of the green industry, holding titles including Senior Horticulturist, Nursery Manager. Purchasing Manager, General Manager and Project Coordinator.

    At Ed Castro Landscape, as the Project Coordinator, Susan is responsible for providing purchasing support in the areas of proposal development, installation, design, maintenance, ornamental care and horticulture. She coordinates with ECL staff to ensure the availability and price of materials are accurate and handles the logistics of timely supply during the installation process. She also handles vendor relations, including sourcing new suppliers and materials, improving buying strategies and handling purchase orders, as well as reconciling invoices.

    Jeremy Green
    Jeremy Green Project Manager
    About Jeremy

    Jeremy Green

    EXPERIENCE

    Jeremy Green brings over 20 years of experience to his role as Project Manager/Design Consultant with Ed Castro Landscape. His skill set and expertise in landscape design/build, civil engineering, commercial landscape management and execution are a great fit for the Ed Castro brand. Jeremy’s familiarity with managing complex, high profile landscape projects, and maintaining long-term client relationships, is an enormous asset to ECL. Jeremy enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family and 3 children. He has been coaching little league football and baseball for the past 10 years.


    CERTIFICATIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

    GSWCC Certified
    Competed in several southeastern flower shows with MALTA, (now GA UAC), and won numerous awards in several areas.


    EDUCATION

    Associate of Building Science, Jefferson State College, Birmingham, AL

    Maintenance

    Dave Lofstrom
    Dave Lofstrom Director of Maintenance
    About Dave

    Dave Lofstrom

    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.

    Chris Dicks
    Chris Dicks Account Manager
    About Chris

    Chris Dicks

    EXPERIENCE

    Chris graduated with a 2002 AS degree in Horticulture from Spartanburg Community College (SCC) and then went on to receive a BS in Horticulture from Clemson University in 2004. Chris won numerous awards, including Horticulture Student of the year at STC, and coming First in Landscape Installation at the ALCA competition.

    Chris has been at Ed Castro Landscape since 2005. He currently sells maintenance and enhancements to current and potential clients. He also assists with over 100 high end residential properties to ECL exacting standards, serving as a client liaison, safety manager, and fleet manager. On his off days, he likes to play sports and stay active to keep in condition.

    CERTIFICATIONS / AFFILIATIONS

    OSHA Competent Person Pesticide Applications License

    EDUCATION BS Horticulture, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 2004 AS Horticulture Technology, Spartanburg Technical College, Spartanburg, South Carolina 2002

    Jose Cerrato
    Jose Cerrato Field Manager
    About Jose

    Jose Cerrato

    EXPERIENCE

    Jose Cerrato joined the Ed Castro team in October 2015. He brings 11 years of field production and quality control experience in both high end residential and commercial landscape maintenance. As a Field Manager with Ed Castro’s Maintenance Department, he directs daily production, scheduling, training, routing and safety initiatives.

    Jose honed his operational and managerial skill set with Gibbs Landscape for several years where he became one of their lead supervisors. His high energy and passion for the landscape craft is infectious as he motivates and leads the teams to perform and execute quality work. Jose demands the highest standards of performance from himself and each crew. Through hand’s on site training, leading by example and inspecting what he expects, Jose holds his team accountable to consistent improvement.

    He is currently in his fourth year as a volunteer with the Georgia PTA and sits on the Board of Directors as the Hispanic/Latino Community outreach chair. Jose’s unit of the Georgia PTA is the first in the nation of its kind, and was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. Jose and his wife live in Smyrna GA with a teenage daughter and two currently in college.

    CERTIFICATIONS / AFFILIATIONS

    Pesticide Applications License Georgia Urban Ag Council

    Administration

    Cindi Wiley
    Cindi Wiley Controller
    About Cindi

    Cindi Wiley

    EXPERIENCE

    Cindi Wiley has spent her professional life in accounting and financial management with over 15 years of experience as a Financial Controller in the landscape and construction industry. Cindi has been with Ed Castro Landscape, Inc. since 2007 as the company Controller. Her role is key in developing and maintaining the company's financial systems for executing services.

    She demonstrates particular strength in team building and coaching with impeccable moral integrity. Cindi is passionate about helping people communicate effectively while achieving success. "We are all in this together and everyone brings something special to the table. This is a terrific company that is growing in leaps and bounds. I'm grateful to be a part of such a great team!", shares Cindi. She adds,"Sharing information, open communication, cooperation, trust and respect for each other becomes even more critical to our overall success as our team expands. And this is a great team!"

    Cindi enjoys spending time outside the company with her family, taking pictures, genealogy and trips to the beach.

    Susy Bedsole
    Susy Bedsole Maintenance Administrator
    About Susy

    Susy Bedsole

    EXPERIENCE

    Susy grew up in the Landscape Business; her father owned a small, family operated Landscape Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. After pursuing other endeavors, Susy has come home again to her landscape roots at Ed Castro Landscape.

    Susy has worked at Ed Castro Landscape since 2008. She works with the Account Managers and Projects Managers to ensure their crews have the information they need. She also creates Lawn Maintenance Proposals, answers the phone and facilitates in making the office run smoothly.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, mother, and pet rabbit.

    Kathy Powell
    Kathy Powell Administrative & Accounting
    About Kathy

    Kathy Powell

    Kathy Powell has had a career in Administrative and Accounting roles, with over 20 years experience in and outside of the landscape industry. Since being with Ed Castro Landscape, she is responsible for Accounts Payable and assisting Ed Castro in his day-to-day responsibilities, while keeping company’s Events and Educational Calendars up to date.

    Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and working in her own yard with her 2 cats in tow.