The Dowco family adopted me when I was just 5 weeks old and they put me on a lawn mower right away. I've attended every training & meeting since then which has helped me climb up the career ladder.
My favorite thing to do is "get weird" by throwing my toys in the air, lunging and pouncing at them, hoping they'll chase me. I am working on my scent detection, and I specialize in finding breath mints. I rarely get tired, but when I do, my favorite place to sleep is in a lap, and I give the best hugs ever!
When I grow up, I want to be a National Park Ranger and lead trail hikes.
As a kid, I remember the beginnings of our family business – it was just a couple of old trucks covered in magnetic stickers with a very big dream! Today we serve nearly 1,000 clients and employ around 50 people. As I’ve progressed through the company I gained experience in the office, human resources, sales, marketing, operations and more.
After graduating from Lindenwood University for Business Administration, I joined full time at Dowco. I've worn just about every hat here, and currently I focus my efforts on marketing, solving client problems, recruiting new hires, and coaching our sales team to be succesful.
I recently bought a house so I've been enjoying the ups and downs of homeownership while learning to be more hands-on. When I’m not working, I clear my mind by hiking, traveling, reading, and binge watching mindless television.
Working as a member of a great team is one of the reasons I am so excited about working at Dowco. Everybody has their strengths, and is positioned accordingly. With a B.S. in Horticulture and 28 years in the industry, my strength is helping people solve their lawn and landscape problems, while maintaining functionality and beauty. It’s definitely great to do what you love at work every day, working with people and plants.
My family and I enjoy the outdoors and we make time every summer to go somewhere beautiful for family vacations. One of our favorite destinations has been to Utah to enjoy it’s many National Parks, like Zion, Arches, Kodachrome, and Bryce Canyon to name a few. It’s so nice to de-pressurize and enjoy each other‘s company, hiking, rafting, fishing, and canyoneering, away from all the hustle and bustle of daily work schedules.
When I’m not working, gardening, or chasing one of our 2 small dogs around the yard, maybe I’ll run into you hiking one of the area parks or conservation areas.
I am an Illinois native, born and raised in small town on the northwest side of Chicago. Go Cubs! My passion in landscaping stemmed from my first job as a teenager working at locally-owned garden center. It was at this job that I truly learned the definition of work ethic and how to be a team player. This experience motivated me to go on and receive a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois. Over the past 7 years in the Green Industry I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing family-owned companies, and I am truly grateful for my experiences.
In my free time I like to play with my dogs Sadie & Meeka, floral design, and catch-up on some NetFlix! My family is extremely important to me, and 2017 is sure to be an extra exciting year for us as we are expecting the arrival of our first child!
Here at Dowco I work diligently to ensure our newest clients receive a smooth transition into our programs and services, while managing all commercial and subdivision accounts. My goal is to provide clients with proactive communication so there are no hidden surprises. Also, if you are looking for information regarding our Snow & Ice Program, I’m your girl! I have a sincere passion for showing kindness and helping others, and I work to implement this in every aspect of my life.
As the production manager and one of the horticulturists on staff here at Dowco my main concern is to direct my crews to produce high quality work safely. I strive to grow our crew’s knowledge of the green industry and the leadership skills necessary to excel in any industry.
I have an Associate degree in Horticulture and have been in the green industry for 12+ years. My time in the green industry has ranged from starting out in a small maintenance company, to a prestigious private golf club, then to a manager of a nursery and material supply company and now into my current role at Dowco. I really love the home I have found at Dowco. The team and I are committed to excellence and will accept nothing less from ourselves. We are constantly learning and growing to better serve our customers.
When not working at perfecting landscapes and growing our crew’s knowledge of the industry I enjoy my time away from the office. I am a huge sports fan, a golfer (wish I could play more), and a husband and father. My 3.5 year old son and my newborn daughter keep me very busy as does my wife, who is an interior designer who is always coming up with new, exciting ideas for our home. I look forward to seeing our customers out in the field or talking to you on the phone.
I have been here over 12 years and have experienced a bit of everything the company has to offer. Currently, I manage the administrative part of the business by leading the scheduling team and making sure our billing is timely and accurate. Talk to me if you have any billing concerns!
Personally, I love being outside, and I always make it a point to try a new container plant (or several!) every season, and I enjoy growing and trying new herbs and vegetables.
With over 20 years in customer service I am excited to be a part of my new work family here at Dowco, as the Receptionist/Sales Administrator. I will be providing support to the sales and marketing team while managing client expectations. Coming from a large corporate job as a Receptionist, I am happy to have found a small, positive and dedicated office environment. I hope to shine in this position and grow with this company!
In my free time I love coming up with new workouts for the gym, trying new recipes from Pinterest and having Fro-Yo dates with my husband. When we both can escape work for a while we love traveling. Together we have been to Las Vegas, Colorado, Cancun, Cancun Rivera, Puerto Vallarta and Punta Cana. We plan to add a lot more to our list over the years!
I get to play with landscape equipment, purchase technology, hire talented people and work with the best customers in the world! What else could you ask for in a job but to fulfill your life’s dream?
The landscaper in me enjoys working in my yard and tweaking my Koi pond. When I’m not outside doing an occasional Netflix binge.
Road biking has become a big part of my life. Leukemia and Lymphoma along with Muscular Cirrhosis are bike causes I have participated in. In 2016 I began traveling the country with my bike and am excited to ride in new places! When not riding, I spin, or hit the gym. Travels take me to me to visit relatives, old friends and make new ones. My favorite sites have water, beach, sun and mountains. Hope to see you in one of those places soon!
Back in the day, I prepared invoices on a manual typewriter with two toddlers playing at my feet. Boy have we come a long way! Today I am delighted to be a part of the best team Dowco has ever assembled. I have the opportunity to work with bright enthusiastic managers administratively and I’m thrilled to see the beautiful work completed by our talented outdoor professionals. I’m proud of Dowco Enterprises Inc.
Personally, I like being outside, walking, camping and hiking. I also enjoy meeting new people, especially people who have made big changes in their life and have a story to tell.
Francisco Escobar, started 7/31/2013
Ricky Davis, started 4/27/2015
Lawn Care Technicians:
Ricky Davis, started 4/27/2015
George Mostow, started 5/4/2015
Maurice Harris, started 2/17/2016
Kelly Wilkins, started 2/6/2017
Pepe De La Rosa, started 4/1/2004
James Matthews, started 2/13/17
Kurt Vanderzanden, partner
Are you interested in joining our goal focused and performance driven team of outdoor living professionals? Do you know somebody who wants to help make a difference? Dowco is continually hiring! Please visit our careers page for more information.
You can fill out an application online and submit your resume. Or you can also stop in to our office Monday through Friday 8am - 4pm.