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Because this is probably one of the most visited pages of any corporate website, we wanted to provide our visitors with something more than fluff and some of the same old rhetoric. Apart from being industry professionals, we’re really just a bunch of regular people – moms, dads, wives, husbands, children, brothers and sisters who work hard every day.

We found that sometimes asking people a simple question can open a window into a person’s heart and soul… in addition to their professional biography, our leadership team was asked to answer one of five questions. Their answers will give you some insight into who they are, how they think and the type of individuals who represent our company.

We have built a dynamic team of industry veterans who share a passion for success. They believe in our company’s reputation and work hard to protect it.  They will do everything possible not to disappoint you… and if they do, they’ll work even harder to correct it. Please take a few minutes and get to know them.


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Donald Simmons

Donald Simmons

Director of Landscape Maintenance5 Years

If you could change back time, what would have you done differently?  I would spend time with my father. I lost my Dad 12 years ago at the age of 59 very suddenly and unexpectedly. My father had grown to be the person that I wanted to emulate in life and I never spent enough time with him. One of us, mostly myself always put work ahead of anything and everything else. I lived in Seattle and he lived in the Midwest at the time of his death. I would book ticket after ticket  to fly and see him and he would do the same but inevitably something always came up; WORK! I never had approval from my Dad, I never had those father-son discussions with him and for that I am FOREVER guilty. If I could be 1/100th of the man my father was, I have accomplished a lifetimes worth of goals.

Mike Trinidad

Mike Trinidad

Director of Customer Relationships10 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  I would tell a newborn child that you have one life to live so make it count. Success, regardless of your definition, will not come knocking on your door so don’t wait for it to find you. Identify what it is that you want to accomplish, stay focused and crush anything that gets in your way! Learn it, live it, and love it!

Wes Cleaves

Wes Cleaves

Operations Manager, Branch Operations8 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world? Growing up, my parents unselfishly supported my interests and I’ve done the same with my two sons, which has helped them become outstanding young men. Both of my boys were black belts and ultimately became national champions. I would provide better after-school programs for martial arts, so that less fortunate kids had the opportunity to learn the character and discipline that it takes to succeed in life.  Lastly, my family has enjoyed mountain biking over the years. I would help fund the acquisition of environmental sensitive land and build/maintain these trails for future generations.

Christian Talbot

Christian Talbot

Operations Manager, National Accounts2 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  The advice I would give is- Learn from your experiences and be grateful, life is an open book. Learn and grow from the experiences, successes and failures you encounter and make genuine changes that will help you be the best person you can be. Always be grateful for what you do, the choices you make, the friends and loved ones you encounter in life…

Allen Linville

Allen Linville

Relationship Manager, Central Florida1 Year

If you could change back time, what would have you done differently?  I would learn to be ‘present in the moment.’  In my early career I made  a bad habit of allowing work to occupy my every thought. This distracted me from enjoying gatherings with family and friends that should have been fun, and memorable.  Even though I was physically present, my mind was always somewhere else. This made me miss out on many memorable times and experiences.  To go back and ‘be present’ in those thousands of conversations and moments would be priceless.

Keith Mizelle

Keith Mizelle

Relationship Manager, Central Florida1 Year

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child? Seize each and every  moment in life that you can. The journey is the excitement and thrill of experiencing life. Life is a gift and each day we awaken lies ahead  an opportunity to improve and to contribute. Value life, appreciate your station in life and help those that are less fortunate. What a travesty to treat life as a “dress rehearsal”. With each day comes the opportunity to make a difference for someone or in something. Life will not be perfect and will bring challenges. How you deal with the good and bad in life will shape your character. Remember that character is what you are in the absence of others.

Connor Hendrix

Connor Hendrix

Branch Manager, Fort Lauderdale3 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world? This is something that I have often thought about. I am a coach at heart and I believe that kids are the greatest legacy that we leave behind. As a coach I hear all too often of kids that cannot play sports because of the costs involved for fees and equipment. I would spend my time and money impacting the lives of kids by making athletic programs accessible to kids less fortunate. I would bring free and quality athletic programs to economically challenged areas to provide those kids with opportunities that they would not otherwise have. When we invest our time into our kids it will pay dividends in the end. A quote that I have tried to apply to my life is, “We can spend all of our money today and make it all back tomorrow. Once we have spent our time it is gone forever.” Let’s spend our time where it really matters!

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Branch Manager, Kissimmee Branch4 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  My advice would be always be true to who you are and to set and follow your own moral compass. You will face challenges and criticism throughout your life. Face each challenge head on, you will not win all of them, but you’ll lose all of them if you don’t try. Be humble in your wins and gracious in your loses. Acknowledge the criticisms for what they are (constructive or destructive) and learn from them both. You will never please everyone, but as long as your true to who you are, you will please the person looking back at you in the mirror.  Finally, don’t forget to have some fun along the way, hopefully your lifetime will be a long journey. Don’t fill you later years with “what if’s”, instead, fill them with “do you remember the time”.

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin

Branch Manager, Orlando Branch3 Years

What advice about life would you give a newborn child? Don’t be afraid to fail. Every successful person has failed at one point or another in their life. It is what you learn from the experience that shapes you as an individual. The worst thing you can do is avoid failure by not trying at all. Take calculated risks. Don’t miss out on opportunities because you are reluctant to take a chance. Jump in and give it your best effort. Life can and will go by very fast, take advantage of every minute you have. Lastly, it should be your goal to put a smile on the face of everyone you encounter. Live life and have fun doing it.

Scott Henry

Scott Henry

Branch Manager, Port St. Lucie Branch2 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world? This is easy, I would buy up open space in communities across the US and develop the outdoor space for people to use. I would then donate the open space to the community. I love seeing people use the spaces we create for them, especially when they don’t know it was me who created the space.

Bill Ennis

Bill Ennis

Branch Manager, Sanford Branch13 Years

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as someone who was a family man, trying to be a role model for my three sons.  I am dedicated to my job, but first and foremost my family. I want to leave a mark and create a legacy for people to remember and to follow. I hope to set a positive example that all would be proud of. I want future generations to be able to say that they heard a great story about me. The story would be full of fun, laughter and fond memories.

Brad Riles

Brad Riles

Branch Manager, Tampa Branch3 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  Nothing worthwhile in life is without challenges. If it’s too good to be true, it is. You can sell your integrity but you can never buy it back. (I have a newborn child at home right now and realistically it’s more like “don’t put that in your mouth”) – humor.

David Moss

David Moss

Branch Manager, West Palm Branch2 Years

How would you like to be remembered? I think most of all, I would like to be remembered as a good father and good example for my daughter.  I would love to be able to leave her a legacy she can be proud of not only personally but professionally as well.

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Dwight Schlicht

Dwight Schlicht

Senior Project Manager6 Years

How would you like to be remembered?  I would like to be remembered as a good father, husband and sibling. Someone who lived by the mantra of ‘Do unto others as you want others to do unto you’. A person who went through life with compassion and cared about others,  and someone who tried to make a difference in people’s lives by listening, advising and encouraging.

Rob Archer

Rob Archer

Pre-Construction Manager1 Year

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world? My focus to make a difference in the world would be to help the needy and the homeless.  I feel that there are not enough resources spent addressing these issues, which are very local, and all around us.

J'Anne Linsler

J'Anne Linsler

Senior Estimator1 Year

What advice would you give to a newborn child?  I would say “Dream big! Follow your heart! Be brave & take chances! Live with Passion! Experience life to the fullest and be present in the moment.” There could be little that is sadder than getting to the end of this life, looking back and having regrets over life not lived. Also, be kind. Be kind to people. Be kind to animals. And be kind to the planet.

Ami Paim

Ami Paim

Project Accountant1 Year

All too often we get caught up in the journey and mundaneness of life.  Just remember to take a moment to breathe, reflect and enjoy you’re life. Surround your life with people you love and that love you back. Live in a place that you love and you’ll be much happier.

Live Every Moment
Love Beyond Words
Laugh Everyday.
– Author Unknown.

Juan Rosario

Juan Rosario

Project Manager6 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child? As you go through life make sure that you stay humble, because you never know when you’re going to need the help of those that have crossed paths with you in your life’s journey. Be what you are, there is no need for show boating and pretend you’re something that you’re not. Take advantage of the wisdom from the people that are around you. There is always something to learn, as much as we may think sometimes, we do not know everything. Honesty, be honest with everything that you do, even if you do something wrong. People will never doubt you if you demonstrate that whatever you say and do is the truth. It is better to learn to admit that you are wrong to others, than to have them catch you in a lie. These three traits will shape you into a better human being and it will let you sleep well and worry free.

Steve Brodict

Steve Brodict

Project Manager8 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world? I would turn my attention and resources into combating the illiteracy that we see in our society today.  I feel this is one of the biggest limiting factors for many people being successful with both personnel and professional aspects of their lives.  The knowledge gained through reading and comprehension allows a person to grow in so many ways the benefits truly cannot be measured.  Remember to take time daily to read professionally and for your personal recreation.

Brian VonHerbulis

Brian VonHerbulis

Production Supervisor3 Years

How would you like to be remembered? Most of all, I want to be remembered as a good father to my daughter. Someone she can look up to, not just someone she can always count on. I’d also like to be remembered as a good friend that was there whenever someone needed me. I’ve lived my life under one rule; do unto others as you would have done to you. I am a firm believer in this statement and hope that I have set this example for my family and friends. Finally, I’d like to be remembered as a good manager to my employees. My motto has always been work smarter, not harder. I strive everyday to teach my crews the correct way of completing their jobs and pushing them to do so to the best of their abilities.

Brent Yatchum

Brent Yatchum

Production Supervisor2 Years

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a hardworking individual who would willingly break his back to ensure the well-being, comfort and safety of the people who have surrounded me in my life. I feel that it is our responsibility as humans to do what is within our reach to have a positive influence in this world. I would also like to be remembered for all the joy and satisfaction that I was able to bring into the lives of the customers we serve here at Girard by giving them an exquisite tropical landscape that would make their home feel like a vacation in paradise.

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Dan Franz

Dan Franz

Senior Project Manager6 Years

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  The advice I would offer a newborn child is simple. Think before you act. Over the years as  my children and others have made questionable decisions I have asked “what were you thinking” then one day I realized well they weren’t. If they had thought about it, if for only a few seconds the outcome might have been different. Remember there are always consequences of your actions, good and bad. Strive to make them good!

Mark Higbee

Mark Higbee

Project Manager7 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world?  I would form an organization designed to assist children and families that are less fortunate. I would work towards creating environments that are more conducive to leading a healthy, productive, drug free life, with hopes to reduce violence and poverty. This would include physical activities like sports and adventures for our youth as well as educational activities and job training for teenagers and young adults. My goals would be for parents to be able to better provide for their families, and for children to be brought up healthy, well educated, with high moral standards and a love for life.

Chris Walsh

Chris Walsh

Project Manager4 Years

If you were wealthy and didn’t have to work, how would you make a difference in the world?  I would make a difference in the world of my own children by spending more quality individual time with each of them. I believe we would all grow from the time spent together – even just small clips of time such as taking them to and from school. My family and I would make a difference in the local communities by donating both time and money to local charities / communities. I could use my work experiences to aid with construction projects. We would also invest in local youth sports leagues to help those mentally, physically and financially less fortunate.

Shannon Martin

Shannon Martin

Relationship Manager, Facility Maintenance1 Year

What advice about life would you give a newborn child?  I would tell a newborn the same thing I have told all of my children, that while you can do anything you set your mind to, life is easier if you do things right the first time.  So while it is important to enjoy yourself, don’t let that put you in a situation that makes life more difficult when you are older.  Decisions you make as a young adult can either get you started on a wonderful path or can create obstacles that will need to be overcome.  In addition, I would remind them constantly to be kind.  It is such an easy thing and make life so much more enjoyable.

Sandy Brugonone

Sandy Brugonone

Division Accountant1 Year

What advice about life would you offer to a newborn child?  When you work hard and give your best you are rewarded with a true sense of pride. This applies to everything you do. It can’t be bought or given to you. It is earned.  Don’t lose sight of your hopes and dreams because life is not always fair and kind. Just believe in yourself, have faith and keep moving forward.  Know that you are responsible for your own happiness and a lot of times it can be found in the simplest things.