"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
Bob, 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.
Sean, 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!
Jaime, Operations Manger & Client Care Specialist
We were extremely excited for Jaime to join our team back in 2013. We were even more excited to promote Jaime this past year to ‘Operations Manager’. 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!
Luiz, 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!).
Jose, Project Manager
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!
Andrey, Project Manager
We searched for four months this past winter for another experienced stone mason. This is a dying breed. Not only is Andrey an exceptional craftsman but he also happens to be a tremendous leader and naturally fantastic with client service. We feel very lucky to have Andrey as a part of our team and we hope he continues to work with our team for years to come.
Enso, 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.
Israel, 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!
Manuel, Lead Hand
Manuel joined our team in the winter of 2017. His quiet demeanor is only surpassed by his sneaky sense of humor. Everybody on the Groff team loves Manuel. He is reliable, smart and rapidly growing into a very skilled craftsman in both landscape and masonry. When Manuel is not at work, he spends quality time with his son. He is also an excellent soccer player.
Janice, 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.
Kristin, Director of First Impressions & Human Relations
Kristin joined the Groff team in March of 2018 and I speak for everybody when I say we are ecstatic. Kristin is going to be the first voice our new clients will hear on the phone. She will be assisting in making sure our clients and employees receive the best experience they can every day. She is a huge part of our leadership team and she will spearhead much of our success in continual improvement. Kristin is from the Syracuse area in New York. She studied at SUNY Genesco and majored in Political Science and Psychology, Industrial and Organized Psychology, 1994 – 1998. Kristin adores her 4 children and her German Shepard Golden Retriever Mix Lola!