The GLD Team

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"I don’t like to brag but I’m Extremely Proud of our Team."

This page is my opportunity to share how proud I am of the team we have assembled at Groff Landscape Design.  If you haven’t noticed yet, client experience is extremely important to us.  It’s one of the top reasons homeowners say they choose to work with us.  It’s equally important to me that we create a terrific work environment for our team.  To achieve this goal, I believe it takes a strong company culture, extreme preparation and a little luck.  I would like to introduce you to our team.  I don’t believe you can find a better collection of people to work with and I have no doubt this is the primary reason clients rave about working with our company.

Proud Company President, Robert Groff


bobBob, Chief Operations Manager

My father was an Insurance agent for over 30 years.  He has always had a strong attraction to landscaping.  He finds it therapeutic and fun.  He’s a devoted family man with unbelievable personal and professional success because of his “treat people the way you would want to be treated” attitude.  He is an ‘old school’ man of principle and extreme integrity.  He taught me that if you are going to do something, you do it right.   My father is a humble man and would tell you that his son built this company.  Truthfully, the entire backbone of this company was built off of his principles.  He taught me that ‘client experience’ is everything.  Bob’s better half (and my mother), Janice have been happily married for over 38 years.  When Bob isn’t helping GLD and our clients, he is either working at the family tree nursery, or spending time with friends and family.


seanSean, Vice President & Lead Designer 

Before officially joining the GLD team, Sean Ryan founded ‘The Ryan Design Group’, an extremely successful landscape design firm.  One of our clients said it best when they said, “Sean has the perfect combination of emotional intelligence and creativity”.  So much so that we had no choice but to relinquish most design duties to Sean as our company began to grow in 2011.  After years of working together it became imperative for me and to the rest of the GLD team that Sean needed to be a full-time team member.  After significant pleading from yours truly and working together to come up with a plan that worked for both Sean and GLD, I’m very proud that Sean made the decision to join GLD as a fulltime team member.  Sean graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 2000.  Sean and his better half Whitney are the proud parents of Dillon and Blair.  When Sean is not working hard for our clients, you’ll find him coaching pee wee football, working on his jeep or cheering on the Hokies!


1Luiz, Project Manager

Luiz is our longest tenured team member.  He has 16 years of experience in landscape and masonry installation.  When he joined our team back in 2010, I was still “in the field” installing our projects.  I doubt he would ever admit this but back in those days, I was simply ‘in the way’.  Once we decided that I needed to spend more time in the office and allow Luiz to do his job, our company immediately improved.  If it weren’t for Luiz, our company would not be where it is today.  When you first meet him, you may think he is shy but don’t let him fool you.  He is incredibly talented, meticulous and humble.  Luiz and his better half Flor are the proud parents of Jonathan.  When Luiz is not working hard for our clients, he is spending time with his family, learning in school or volunteering for his Church (where he plays the guitar during the services!).


1-2Jaime, Project Manager

We were extremely excited for Jaime to join our team back in 2013.  You’ll know who Jaime is because he’ll be the first person to come up and introduce himself.  His friendly personality is infectious and he is a natural born leader and people pleaser.  He brought some wonderful skills to our team upon arrival but since joining the team he has rapidly become one of the best construction managers I’ve ever seen.  He has a unique combination of craftsmanship and client relations.  It is very common for clients to ask me if Jaime “can stay” after the project installation has been completed.  Jaime and his better half Nohemy are the proud parents of Merari and Jaimes.  When Jaime is not working hard for our clients, he is spending time with his family, at Church or fishing!

 


2Israel, Lead Hand 

Israel joined our team in 2013 as well.  Pound for pound, I believe he is the strongest man I’ve ever seen.  It’s both remarkable and alarming at the same time. His work ethic and effort are unmatched.  When you walk outside in the morning and see the team working, it’s guaranteed that he will wave to you and say, “Good Morning”!  I’m very proud of Israel as he has grown both professionally and personally over the last few  years.  When he is not working hard for our clients, he is fishing or spending time with family and friends!

 

 


1-28-1024x683Jose, Lead Hand & Stone Mason 

Jose joined our team in 2013 as a stone mason.  Before he arrived I suspect he didn’t have a strong desire to be installing “softscaping” because he was so talented in masonry which is a very rare art these days.  It wasn’t long though before he was coming to us to learn more about plants.  Since the day he joined our team, he has been a breath of fresh air.  He is always eager to learn and better himself.  You’ll also notice that he is extremely conscientious and always seems to be one-step ahead.  Jose is going to be an unbelievable project manager very soon.  Jose and his better half Diana are the proud parents of Cryztal.  When Jose is not working hard for our clients, he is spending time with his family, fishing or working in his own yard!

 


1-29-1024x683Enso, Lead Hand 

Enso started working with us in the spring of 2015.  He previously worked in commercial landscape maintenance but strongly desired to work in the residential design and construction sector.  He was very successful with his previous employer and took a big chance to switch careers and join our team.  Enso is very eager to learn and has a background in finance as well as a desire to help us continually improve this company.  Whenever our team meets to discuss our company and personal development, he always come to me the next day with a full page of ideas and thoughts about how we can be better.  His enthusiasm is contagious.  Enso and his better half Jessica reside in Northern Virginia.  When Enso is not working hard for our clients, he is spending time with family.

 


1Janice, Office Manager 

My mother was an Insurance agent for over 30 years.  She has always been a highly efficient, organized and hard-working person.  When she retired from insurance she thought she had retired from work altogether but it wasn’t long before we needed her to help with the family business.  She’s been alongside us every step of the way.  Her support has been unwavering as she helps by paying the bills, purchasing office supplies as well as other miscellaneous tasks around the office.  When Janice is not at work, she is spending quality time with Bob, her mother Patricia or her grandchildren.

 

 


angieAngie, Accounting Extraordinaire 

I have known Angie for over 15 years.  She saved my life four years ago when she agreed to take over all QuickBooks duties as a part-time team member.  Not only did she free up a lot of time for me but she is significantly better at her job than I.  She has taken on a few other administrative tasks along the way.  She is always a joy to work with and is truly one of our most important team members.  When Angie is not working hard for our company, she is working at her full-time job with a local custom home builder.  Angie loves dining with friends at Guapos in Shirlington and loves the Washington Nationals!