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, The Grow Group
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.
Amber Fox Director of Human Resources
As our Director of Human Resources, Amber oversees administration, benefits, recruiting and team member engagement. She previously served our company as an administrative assistant from 2002 to 2011. She holds bachelor degree in Business Management from Antioch University-Midwest and an associate degree in Business Information Systems from Sinclair Community College. Outside of work, Amber enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
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.
Jennifer Davit Manager of Business Development
Jennifer Davit is our Manager of Business Development here at Grunder Landscaping. As an accomplished horticulturist, Jennifer will work to help our valued clients create beautiful designs, expertly maintain existing landscapes and expand our engagement in the Miami Valley. Jennifer has a master’s degree in public garden management from Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wright State University. Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening, and exploring the outdoors with her family and dog, Enzo.
Michael Boeck Landscape Designer
Mike developed a passion for creative landscaping at an early age, using his parents home as his laboratory. Mike studied landscape horticulture at the Ohio State University where he received a fellowship through the Chadwick Arboretum. Mike’s post undergraduate career has taken him to various states working in various sectors of the green industry including commercial maintenance, high-end residential design, and teaching.
Mike received his masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland where he conducted his thesis on Sustainable Residential Shoreline Design in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Mike worked for five years in the highly competitive mid-Atlantic region designing and selling residential gardens. Michael became a licensed landscape architect in 2016.
A native of Dayton, Michael was called back to the area he loved to work at a company he has long admired, Grunder Landscaping. Michael lives with his wife Jennifer, and two daughters, Lucy and Penny, with whom he is pleased to spend the remainder of his time outside of work.
Alexander Smith Landscape Designer
Alexander graduated with honors from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. While in school, he won numerous awards from ALSA for his design work.
He worked at large and small firms in Los Angeles before relocating in the Cincinnati-Dayton area to raise his daughter. Alex has created designs from intimate patio “secret gardens” to the 50 mph freeway entrance ramps. He brings a natural style to his designs by incorporating native species where possible, as well as bringing stone and water elements into the design. One of his favorite projects was a ‘Campsite’ space in a suburban backyard complete with a fire ring and space to pitch a tent!
Outside of the office, Alex works in the community, where he created three parks through a local grant. He manages volunteers in maintaining the new greenspaces so they will thrive into the future. A native of Seattle, he naturally enjoys the outdoors, reading and coffee.
Paul Stoll Group Leader
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.
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.
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.
Emily Fraim Design Support Administrator
As our Design Support Administrator, Emily keeps all our designers organized and provides them with administrative support. Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Dayton, she graduated with a degree in mathematics and a minor in computer science. In her free time, she enjoys baking and spending time with 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.
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.
Steven Team Leader
Steven has been a dedicated member of Grunder Landscaping since 2009. Steven studied Agriculture Services at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, which gave him the knowledge and skills necessary to lead our mow crew. When he is not enhancing our clients’ properties he enjoys traveling and spending time with his dogs, Blaze and Scooter.
PJ Team Leader Entry
PJ is 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.
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!
Eric Team Leader Entry
Eric comes to Grunder Landscaping with over 5 years in the landscape industry. He is an excellent worker who will do whatever it takes to make sure your landscape installation experience is a success. Eric enjoys fishing, riding motorcycles and one day hopes to have a bunch of dachshunds.
Ryan Team Leader Entry
Ryan joined Grunder Landscaping in April 2018. He makes sure that your design is built with integrity and quality-making your landscape dreams a reality. Ryan enjoys boating, fishing and playing with his dogs, Cooper and Bear.
Tyler Team Leader Entry
Tyler joined Team GLC in the fall of 2018. He is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with a concentration in Landscape Design, Build and Management. He is also an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician. Tyler is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys archery, bowhunting and woodworking. In 2017 and 2018 at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition he placed 1st and 2nd overall Superstar respectively. One day Tyler hopes to visit Rome and Athens.
Nich Team Leader Entry
Nich comes to us from Michigan State University where he studied Horticultural Science. He began working with Grunder in November 2018 and is a Ohio Certified Nursery Technician. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and cooking, but most of all he loves gardening. In his free time Nich and his black lab, Maverick, can be found vacationing in Upper Michigan or traveling the 50 states.
[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
You are an outstanding company with outstanding personnel. Ralph & Beverly Francis Dayton, Ohio Area