LCA Board of Directors

LCA Officers

President
Aaron Raines

Live Green Landscapes, LLC, Owings Mills, Maryland

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What was your background prior to getting into the green industry? I began working in the green industry at age 16, and I’ve never looked back! Every job I have ever held has been in the landscape field.

Where did you grow up? Sparks, Maryland

Any type of education you care to mention? I have a degree in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? 16 years in the industry. I previously worked for Outside Unlimited Inc. before coming to Live Green Landscapes

Where do you live and what is your family situation? I am married and my wife and I currently live in Owings Mills, Maryland. We have no children and a pet parrot named Rupert. He can’t talk but he can mimic most household sounds and cell phone noises.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? I love having the ability to work both outside and inside. I always knew I didn’t want to have a job where I was stuck behind a desk all day, and the green industry allows me to split my time between indoors and outdoors. I also love seeing the transformation on a project from start to finish, and the impact that the work we do in the green industry has on landscapes every day.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I love to hunt, camp, hike, and explore the great outdoors. My wife and I are also fans of craft beer and love trying new breweries and beers.

Vice President
Matt Glover

Wray Brothers Landscapes, Bethesda, Maryland

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Where did you grow up? I was born at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, and grew up in Rockville, Maryland.

Any type of education you care to mention? I studied landscape technology at Montgomery College and landscape management at the University of Maryland.

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? Fortunate to be a part of the landscape industry for 24 years. I started mowing with a Lawn Boy push mower for my Dad’s company at age 16, worked for Spring Gardens and Valley Crest early in my career, ran my own green business for a few years, and have been with Wray Brothers Landscapes for the better part of a decade.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? I live in North Chevy Chase, Maryland, with my amazing family! Wife Melissa and two sons Christian and Calvin.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? No two days are alike! I have met some of the best people who I now call my friends thanks to my career.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I love to spend time at the beach with my family, coach youth wrestling, and hike and camp Shenandoah.

Treasurer/Secretary
Chris Vedrani, CLT

Planted Earth Landscaping, Inc., Westminster, Maryland

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What was your background prior to getting into the green industry? Started Landscaping right after high school (1987)

Any type of education you care to mention? Associate Horticulture degree from Howard Community college

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? 31 years started with Nelson and Donofrio in 1987-1988, then went to Chapel Valley from 1988-2000, in 2000 started Planted Earth

Where do you live and what is your family situation? My wife Marcie and I live in Westminster. We have two grown boys, one lives is Tuscan, Arizona, and the other is graduating from Clemson in May 2018.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? Plants, plants, and more plants....the people are actually really genuine as well

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? Marcie and I camp whenever we can with our two newest children Bo and Luke—both Labrador Retrievers.. as well as travel to see our boys.

Immediate Past President
Josh Kane

Kane Landscapes, Inc., Potomac Falls, VA

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What was your background prior to getting into the green industry? Besides delivering papers, I have never held another job. I started mowing lawns in the 4th grade.

Where did you grow up? All over—I'm a son of a Naval Aviator, but mostly in Vienna, Virginia, for my later school years.

Any type of education you care to mention? Virginia Tech!!!

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? 30 years in the industry, and all for myself.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? Potomac Falls, Virginia, with my lovely wife Julie, seven-year-old Summer, five-year-old AJ, three-year-old Mia, and five-month-old Noelle.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? The people—they are really down to earth and willing to help.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? We love being at our lake house at Lake Anna. It is the only time I don’t feel like I have work I have to get done and can truly focus on the family.


LCA Directors

Paul Jester

J&G Landscape Design, Inc., Spencerville, Maryland

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What was your background prior to getting into the green industry? School, but I have been in green industry since graduating.

Where did you grow up? Elkridge, Maryland (outside of Baltimore)

Any type of education you care to mention? Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Catholic University of America (2011) | Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland (2014)

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? Four years full time since earning my masters degree; worked for various design and/or build companies during the summers while in school

Where do you live and what is your family situation? Elkridge, Maryland—Married one year, no kids

What do you like best about the Green Industry? Helping people, problem solving, and creating beautiful/sustainable outdoor space

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? Soccer, camping, kayaking, and time with family and friends

James Kole, CLT

Level Green

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Where did you grow up? Central Pennsylvania

Any type of education you care to mention? Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Contracting – Design/Build, with a minor in Horticulture from Penn State.

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? I have been working with plants since I was a little kid. I have officially been in the industry 7 years. I have spent all 7 of those years with Level Green. I started as a field supervisor and worked my way up to Branch Manager.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? I live in Laurel, MD. I am married with two dogs.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? I like the people. This industry is all about people. Plants and being outside are just a nice benefit.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I spend my time outside of work, working in my yard or on projects around my house. Home projects are a great way for me to relax.

Colin Jones

Manor View Farm, Inc.

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Where did you grow up? I grew up in small town south of York, Pennsylvania.

Any type of education you care to mention? I have a business and marketing degree.

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? Ever since I was old enough to drive a tractor, I have been helping out in the greenhouses and around the nursery at Manor View Farm. During and just after college, I started and ran a small landscape company for a few years before coming to Manor View
 
Where do you live and what is your family situation? I currently am engaged and live in Northern Baltimore County.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? One of the best things is that I get a lot of satisfaction from knowing we are helping the environment. Also, it’s great being able to interact with people from all aspects of the green industry.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? When I am not working, which is rare, I like to spend time offshore fishing and at the beach.


Michael McCartin

Joseph W. McCartin Insurance, Inc., Beltsville, Maryland

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Where did you grow up? Silver Spring, Md

Any type of education you care to mention? University of Maryland, Horticulture

Where do you live and what is your family situation? I live in Ashton, MD with my wife Ann. We have two daughters that live and work in NYC.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? The people, innovative and hard working.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I enjoy golf, gardening and boating.


Jeff Rossen

Rossen Landscape

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Where did you grow up? I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Any type of education you care to mention? I went to Virginia Tech and received a degree in Landscape Contracting.

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? I’ve been working in the green industry for 25 years. I worked for TruGreen LandCare and Valley Crest Companies for a couple of years right out of school and in 2003, I founded Rossen Landscape.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? I live in Herndon, Virginia, with my childhood sweetheart and wife of 16 years (Francine), our three little boys, and an Australian Shepherd.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? I’ve always loved plants and creating relationships. This combination has allowed me to make a career doing what I love—Collaborating with people to create living art.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? In my free time, I enjoy working in my own garden with my kids and adventuring around the world with my wife. True relaxation is always achieved on my boat with a fishing pole in one hand and beer in the other.

Ron Rubin

SavATree

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Where did you grow up? Wilmette, Illinois

Any type of education you care to mention? Forestry degree from University of Wisconsin Steven's Point

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? I worked with the Care of Trees for 15 years and then Thrive as Founder owner for 15 years. In May 2017, SavATree purchased Thrive.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? Empty nesters living in Reston, Virginia, married with two boys

What do you like best about the Green Industry? Working with historic trees and landscapes.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I enjoy the outdoors hiking, running, and exploring new places.

Barry Schneider

Surrounds, Inc., Sterling, Virginia

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Where did you grow up? I grew up in Easton, Pennsylvania. Our high school had a greenhouse/club and  with a great love of plants I joined the club in 10th grade. When I took a drafting class, my passion for plants and drafting was solidified.

Any type of education you care to mention? Attended a two-year landscape design and sales program at Lake City Community College in Florida

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? 37 years in the business. I started my own small residential Design/Build business right out of school in Melbourne, Florida, where my family was. While traveling through Atlanta, I saw a company craning trees on the roof of a 50-story skyscraper and thought to myself “that’s what I want to do.” Six weeks later, I joined Scapes in Atlanta. After a year with Scapes, I was asked to manage a job they had just sold in Northern Virginia and never went back. The Scapes branch of Washington, D.C., which I had become a partner in was sold to TruGreen in 1999. Three years later, TruGreen sold the construction branches to ValleyCrest. I eventually left ValleyCrest to start Surrounds.

Where do you live and what Is your family situation? I live in Tyson’s Corner with my wife Sandy. Together we have six—yes, that’s right—six daughters. In addition, we have three granddaughters and one grandson.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? I get great satisfaction from creating amazing outdoor living spaces for our clients.

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? While not at work, my wife and I spend every minute we can at our home in Bozman, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. Paddle boarding, crabbing, Sailing, kayaking, and gardening.

Jeff Waters

Site One Landscape Supply, Burtonsville, Maryland

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Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Overlea, Maryland, a town just inside the Baltimore beltway just north east of Baltimore City. In the 9th grade, I moved to Ellicott City where I lived until I got married.
 
Any type of education you care to mention? Ornamental Horticulture four-year degree from University of Maryland.

How many years in the Industry, and have you worked with other companies than your current one? I've been in the industry all my life. I started maintaining properties when I was 10 pushing a 21” lawn boy mower with my tools all stacked up on it and worked through high school and college at Metzler’s Garden Center and Landscape in Columbia, Maryland, where I worked for 20 years holding many positions including general manager, president, and part owner. In 1994, I switched from the contractor and retail side to the wholesale side of the business, joining Shemin Nurseries as sales manager. I continued as general manager until we became SiteOne Landscape Supply, where I was area sales manager and now as regional nursery manager, I manage the nine nursery businesses we have in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Where do you live and what is your family situation? Married 38 years strong to my high school sweet heart Carol. We have lived 20 years in Taylorsville Carroll County, Westminster, Maryland. We have three children—all married. Allie, our oldest daughter, husband Tim, and two-year-old daughter Madeleine, live in Westminster, Maryland. Abbie, our middle child, and husband Ryan are pregnant with our second
grandbaby due in April 2018, and they live in Taylorsville, Westminster, Maryland. Dan, our youngest just married in November 2017 to Courtney. They live in New Market, Maryland. Interesting tidbit: I was fortunate to be the officiating minister who married them.

What do you like best about the Green Industry? I get to enjoy what I love every day—work with great people in an incredibly tight cottage industry where no two days are alike!!

How do you like to spend your time while you are not working? I enjoy landscape gardening, home improvement projects, hiking, kayaking, family, and church ministry.

Thérèse Clemens, CAE

Executive Director, Ex Officio

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Thérèse Oetgen Clemens, CAE, has over 20 years of non-profit management experience including 10 years in progressive roles becoming executive director for both the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and Imago Relationships International. She has a special interest in board development.

Prior to her tenure at AMG, Clemens served as the Executive Director at the Friends of NIH (formerly known as the Friends of the Clinical Center), a charity at the National Institutes of Health that raises and provides funds to aid patients participating in medical research protocols. She has worked with a variety of non-profit organizations including the Society of Biblical Literature and PEOPLINK, Inc. She has worked in hotel sales and catering departments, as a station agent for a major airline, and with destination management firms giving her a broad-based spectrum of insight into association management and the closely related meetings and hospitality industry.

Clemens earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, and post graduate study in Theatre Management from the University of Georgia. In 2010, she received the President’s Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.