Ruppert Landscape has just opened a new office for its D.C. Landscape Management branch. While the branch itself was established one year ago, it has been operating out of Ruppert’s Forestville (Maryland) Landscape Management branch as the company searched for a permanent location in the D.C. metropolitan area.
The new branch office is in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“By opening a new branch in a metropolitan area like D.C., our teams will be able to reach their job sites quicker …,” said Phil Key, president of Ruppert Landscape.
The new branch joins 17 existing branch offices in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina.
A family and employee-owned company, Ruppert Landscape has two major divisions: landscape construction and landscape management. In addition to Washington, the company’s primary markets are in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte and Atlanta.
Wasting no time in getting the new D.C. Landscape Management branch operational, Ruppert also announced two new hires for the office.
Jobe Axley, a resident of Huntington, Maryland, has been hired as area manager. She has more than 15 years of industry experience and is a North Carolina Certified Plant Professional.
Axley holds a bachelor’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an associate of arts and sciences degree in horticultural studies from Forsyth Technical Community College.
As area manager, she will be responsible for the sale, renewal and production of the branch’s landscape management work; the training and development of personnel; and ensuring quality, customer service and customer retention.
Chuck Whealton, regional manager in Ruppert’s landscape management division, says of Axley: “Having spent time as a horticulturist working on the grounds of the U.S. vice president’s residence has provided her with a solid foundation that will help her exceed the expectations of our D.C. clientele.”
Also at the new D.C. office, Deborah Stipa, a resident of Cockeysville, Maryland, has been hired as a business developer. She has more than 12 years of business development experience in the renewable energy and contracting/restoration industries and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Towson University.
As business developer in the D.C. branch, Stipa will be responsible for identifying opportunities in the market, local networking and relationship building with targeted potential customers, involvement in trade organizations and maintaining long-term client relationships.
Ruppert Landscape is headquartered in Laytonsville, Maryland, and employs more than 1,200 people, including more than 400 in its Maryland offices.