A Creative Team Devoted to Client Satisfaction
Through the years, we’ve discovered that quality work begins with quality people. And without question, our people are the best at what they do.
For our clients, that means their projects and maintenance assignments are expertly completed by team members who are well-qualified, well-trained, professional, reliable, and friendly—people who are a pleasure to work with.
At Grunder Landscaping, we don’t just hire people to do good work. We hire good people, develop their talents, and give them opportunities to do great work. We background check every new hire and are a drug-free workplace.
It’s a formula that works for us and, more important, for our clients.
Marty Grunder President & CEO
Marty Grunder established the company in 1984 as a way to earn money for his tuition at the University of Dayton. By the time Marty earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from UD, his landscaping company’s success had skyrocketed with $400,000 in annual revenues and a feature story about him in The New York Times.
Today, Marty measures Grunder Landscaping’s success in terms of customer satisfaction. In 2003 and again in 2008 the company’s achievements were recognized as GLC won the Better Business Bureau’s prestigious Eclipse Integrity Award. This award highlighted Grunder Landscaping’s fair and honest dealings with clients and vendors as well as outstanding customer service.
Marty’s entrepreneurial talents have been recognized with numerous awards. He is a two-time Ohio Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner and the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the entire Midwest, as selected by the Small Business Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was also named by Ernst & Young as the Dayton/Miami Valley Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.
Marty is an acclaimed public speaker and author of the book, The Nine Simple Steps to Entrepreneurial Success, named Book of the Year at the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards. He has also received his Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification. In addition to being President of Grunder Landscaping Co., Marty has a public speaking and consulting business, Marty Grunder, Inc.
A volunteer for numerous community causes, he sits on the boards of the Park National Bank and the Dayton Development Coalition, and is a member of the University of Dayton Business Advisory Council.
When Marty’s not working, he spends time with his wife, Lisa, three daughters Emily, Kathleen and Lillian, and his son, Grant. He enjoys watching his kids in their various sports and activities as well as rooting for the Reds, Bengals and UD Flyers.
Seth Pflum General Manager
Seth Pflum helps Grunder Landscaping keep improving by overseeing our sales and operations processes, while ensuring we are effective, safe, and efficient. He studied landscape management and design at Colorado State University and has over 12 years of experience in landscape design and construction. The recipient of numerous industry awards, he brings unique insight, a positive attitude, and creative thinking to our team. In his free time, Seth enjoys downhill skiing, fishing, camping, home renovation, and playing with his two children.
Paul Stoll Director of LandKeeping™
Paul Stoll has been an integral part of the company’s success since 1997. His knowledge of landscape horticulture is unsurpassed which makes him perfect for overseeing our award-winning LandKeeping™ Division.
Paul has earned his Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification and Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicator License. He is Past President of the James M. Cox, Jr. Arboretum Foundation and is currently on that organization’s Board of Trustees as Ex-officio Member. He is also a Cox Arboretum Foundation Founders Society Member. While not on the job, Paul enjoys gardening and traveling around the world with his wife, Patti.
Amber Fox Director of Human Resources
As our Office Manager, Amber oversees all aspects of human resources, recruiting and administration management. She previously served our company as an administrative assistant from 2002 to 2011. She holds a certificate in Business Management from Antioch University-Midwest and an associate degree in Business Information Systems from Sinclair Community College.
In her free time, Amber enjoys her family-time with husband Josh and daughters Taylor, Dylan and Aislyn. She also likes traveling and shopping.
Michael Ericson Director of Financial Operations
Michael Ericson oversees Grunder Landscaping’s Financial Operations. Michael earned his B.S. degree in both accounting and finance from Wright State University in 2012. While attending Wright State, he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the International Business School Honor Society.
Dalton Yates Director of Design-Build
Dalton earned his associate degree in Landscape Design at Clark State Community College and is passionate about great landscaping and quality construction. Currently, Dalton is a Specialist, E-4 in the Ohio Army National Guard and has served our country by doing a tour in Afghanistan. For this service, his positive attitude and his great work ethic, we are proud to have him on our team! As Director of Design-Build, Dalton serves as a liaison between our designers and our production team for our complex and specialty projects.
Kent Sholder LandKeeping™ Consultant
A member of the Grunder Landscaping team since 2002, Kent Sholder makes sure that our LandKeeping™ clients’ properties are impeccably maintained. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University. Kent also holds an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification. When not at work, Kent enjoys working on home renovations, weaving and playing with his two dogs.
Yurg Walt Peter Group Leader
Walt has been a valued Grunder team member since 1993 . He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Horticulture from The Ohio State University, he’s an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification and he is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. In his spare time Walt enjoys working in his yard, cooking and grilling, playing an occasional ice hockey game and spending time with his family.
Raul Hidalgo Group Leader
Raul is Group Leader for our LandKeeping™ Division. He is friendly and hard-working and has a lot of great knowledge about horticulture. His last position was managing a vineyard in Texas where he took care of 17,000 vines! In his time off, Raul enjoys spending time with his wife Brittney and his daughter Elliana and son Benson.
Joe Spatz Fleet & Facility Manager
Since beginning with Grunder Landscaping in 1998, Joe has ensured that transportation problems never keep us from satisfying our clients. Joe has the all-important job of making sure that our 27 vehicles, 21 trailers and 150 individual pieces of equipment run effectively and efficiently, day in and day out. His favorite part of the job is the variety of the work, with no two days ever being the same. Before joining our team at GLC, Joe was a Ford Master Technician with 23 years of experience at a Ford dealership. In his free time Joe likes to farm his 1,000 acres of land and eat sweets.
Kay Davis Buyer
Kay Davis has been a buyer for Grunder Landscaping since 1997, where she shows off her knack for selecting the best plants and other green goods available. In addition to her Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Sinclair Community College, Kay is an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician with a specialization in Garden Center. During nice weather, Kay spends her spare time gardening at home. When the weather turns cold, she likes to stay indoors and sew.
Emma Munch Administrative Assistant
Emma keeps pretty much everything running smoothly at Grunder Landscaping Co. We all enjoy her friendly demeanor, her organization and her efficiency! In her free time, Emma enjoys hiking and spending time with her family and friends.
Corri Puhr Project Designer
Corri is a graduate of Ball State University where she earned a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture with a minor in Sustainable Lands Systems. She assists the sales team with designs and architectural rendering.
Eddie Production Support
Since 2004, Eddie has been a dedicated member of Grunder Landscaping. He supports team leaders as the all-important go-to guy who delivers materials to worksites and then hauls away debris. In addition to landscaping work, Eddie is a dedicated firefighter EMT for the City of Union Fire Department and a proud father.
Michael Senior LandKeeping™ Team Leader
Michael began working with Grunder Landscaping in 1997 and has received his Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification and his Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicator License. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University. Outside of work, Michael enjoys exploring his artistic side through drawing and painting. He is a collector of aviation and military artifacts and, together with his father, repairs historic Lionel toy trains.
Brent Senior LandKeeping™ Team Leader
Brent has been a valuable part of the Grunder team since 2008. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and holds an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician Master Certification and a Ohio Department of Agriculture Commercial Applicator License. Brent uses his attention to detail, friendly nature and experience to do a tremendous job leading a LandKeeping™ Team. A father of four, Brent spends his free time playing with his children or working in his own garden.
Gus Team Leader
Gus enjoys being outside and has 30 years in the horticulture business. His knowledge, experience and positive attitude make him a great fit at Grunder. In his free time, Gus enjoys gardening, deer hunting and enjoying his cats and grandchildren.
PJ Team Leader Entry
PJ Lehr is a great addition to the Grunder Team. He’s a fast learner, a hard worker, and a lot of fun to work with. When he’s not beautifying our clients’ properties, PJ enjoys spending time with his family. He also likes reading and art.
Titus Team Leader Entry
Titus is eager to learn, punctual and professional. When he leaves your property, it will be “standing tall.”
Kenny Team Leader Entry
Kenny Harrison is a hard worker and an excellent Team Leader. His favorite vacation spot is Lake Cumberland. Kenny enjoys fishing, camping and Nascar–when he’s not spending time with his eleven grandchildren!
[The work] was awesome. Higher price; higher quality and service—worth every penny of it. Just sorry I did not turn to you and your team years ago! Now we will never go anywhere else. Great job to you and your team.
Michael and Dawn Kalbfleisch Dayton, Ohio
I was very impressed with the preliminary design and recommendations provided by Brent Ogburn. All the details, plant descriptions and scope the project were fully explained. Moreover, when an issue arose between my neighbor, who objected to work being done, Brent handled the dispute with professionalism and diplomacy. Ben and Joe did an excellent job with grading, trenching, planting and sowing seed. At the end of the day they cleaned up the yard and driveway to a point where there was no dirt, equipment tracks or evidence of major work being done. In summary, I am pleased with the outcome of the landscaping performed by your company. My back yard is once again a livable space. Thank you.
John and Karen Warrington Dayton Ohio
From the first phone call to the completion of the project, I was very impressed with your company. A special thank you to Brent (Ogburn) for his plans. He listened to our requests, was knowledgeable, and was more than happy to accomodate any changes. Ben and Mark completed the work efficiently. They updated us daily on the work that had been done. And, before leaving, made sure our property was swept and cleaned. We were told each day when they would return to work the next day. The plants and trees look healthy and we are looking forward to the enhancement the landscaping will provide in the coming years. I would highly recommend your company to anyone. Your employees should be commended for their outstanding work. Karen Jerbic & Daryl Norviel Dayton, Ohio Area