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OWNERSHIP:
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Joel John, ASLA, OCNT, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License

Co-owner, President

Joel is a registered Landscape Architect with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. He has over 35 years experience working with residential and commercial landscape design/build firms throughout Ohio and Michigan. Joel spent three years working in apprenticeship with NBBJ in the Landscape Architecture and Planning Studio and has serves annually on committees Ohio National Landscape Association and has been a judge for the National Awards competition for National Association for Landscape Professionals. He has a strong passion for proper bed preparation, plant use, environmental sound practices for work passions (recycling). Joel lives in Dublin with Molly and their two kids. In his spare time he enjoys working out, golfing, playing basketball and following the Buckeyes.

Molly John

Co-owner, Vice President

Molly received her degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. She has over 25 years experience in the landscape design/build and maintenance environment. She has served the last few years on the Membership committee with ONLA and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors. In addition she has served as Co-Chairman of the CLA Outdoor Living and Landscaping Tour. Molly has also been a member of the Delta Delta Delta House Corporation for many years and served as their treasurer for most of those years. In her spare time she loves watching her kids participate in their numerous sporting events, working out and maintaining the 25 flower pots she has at her own home.

SUPPORT STAFF:
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Michael Davie, OCNT – Landscape, Ohio Pesticide Applicators License

Senior Account Manager

Michael comes to use with an Associate Degree in Landscape Design Management from Columbus State Community College. He operated a small landscape maintenance company for 3 years and worked as a project manager for HRH Landscapes, Ltd. for 5 years. When asked his favorite plant, he had a hard time deciding between Plumbago, (for its color), Heuchera (for color and texture), and Hollyhock (for its large colorful flower). Michael resides in West Jefferson with his wife, April, and two children, Jayden and Mya. 

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Kelly Darrow

Office Manager

Kelly, our office manager, comes to M.J. with a degree in Health Administration from Auburn University. (Yes, we hired her even though she didn’t go to OSU.) Kelly has familiarized quickly to the Landscape Industry and lives in Marysville and has two children. Her daughter is attending Purdue University in Veterinary Medicine, and her son is getting his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Ohio University. During her free time, she enjoys going to the lake with her family and sitting in the sun with a nice glass of wine.

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Sue York

Office Assistant

Sue comes to M.J. with a degree from Bowling Green State University in Management Information Systems. Sue helped implement our new time tracking and client database. Sue lives in Plain City with her husband and has a daughter who is attending Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. During her free time, she enjoys doing crafts and being outside (when it’s warm).

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Amanda Murphy, Master – OCNT

Sustainability Manager

Amanda designs and coordinates seasonal color, container plantings, and holiday decor for both residential and commercial clients. She has a degree in Business Administration from Western State College in Colorado, where she managed the landscape division of a construction company and has had a focus in garden design ever since. This past year she returned to her roots in Upper Arlington to be with her family. When Amanda is not working, you will find her spending time in her garden at home, hanging out with family, or outside skiing, biking or running. 

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Josh Brake

Landscape Foreman 

Josh comes to M.J Design with over 20 years of experience, holding a variety of positions from crew member to co-owner of Drake Landscape. He comes with both hardscape and horticulture experience and is excited to find a company that aligns with his core values. Josh resides in Powell with his wife Julia and three daughters; Cecila, Caroline and Layla (he is outnumbered with all the females). In his spare time, when he does not have to catch up on sleep having a newborn, you will find him spending time outside with family at the park, or just being outside.

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Tucker

Certified Office Dog

Our beloved four-legged helper and office support... His job is RUFF!

LANDSCAPE & ENHANCEMENT STAFF:
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Grady Cobb, OCNT – Landscape; Ohio Pesticide Applicators License

Grady comes to M.J. Design with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. Immediately after graduating from Ohio State, Grady worked on the grounds crew at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin for two years which included working during the Presidents Cup in 2013. He joined the M.J. staff in 2014. During his free time Grady likes to run, go to church, and travel around the country with his dad to play on difficult golf courses and in golf tournaments.

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Gavin Miller, Master – OCNT

Gavin comes to M.J. Design with a degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. While at OSU he interned as a Grounds crew with the Columbus Crew.  Gavin joined M.J. staff in 2022.  Gavin is a sports nut.  He will watch or listen to sports anytime he has a chance.  In his spare time, you will find him volunteering at his church or working on his new home.    

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Antonio Lopez Beltran

Antonio was recruited by his cousin Geronimo and started working for M.J. Design in 2007. He is considered “Mr. Muscles”, as he is very strong. He is also our stone guy.  He does a great job on dry-laid flagstone paths and walls. He serves as a Landscape Foreman. Antonio is from Sain Alto, Zacatecas Mexico, where he lives with his wife and four children. When home in Mexico he will work in construction, as well as, farming beans and corn. He enjoys watching baseball and going to Chipotle.

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Geronimo Lopez Beltran

Antonio was recruited by his cousin Geronimo and started working for M.J. Design in 2007. He is considered “Mr. Muscles”, as he is very strong. He is also our stone guy.  He does a great job on dry-laid flagstone paths and walls. He serves as a Landscape Foreman. Antonio is from Sain Alto, Zacatecas Mexico, where he lives with his wife and four children. When home in Mexico he will work in construction, as well as, farming beans and corn. He enjoys watching baseball and going to Chipotle.

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Victor Guzman Martinez

Victor has been part of the team since 2012. Victor also helps with translations for staff and he is getting more confident in speaking English with clients. Victor is here on a Permanent Resident status. He leaves his wife of 9 years, Jennifer, and daughter, Scarlett, back in Vicente Guerrero, Durango to come be a part of the team.  In his free time you will find him listening to rock-n-roll, playing video games or kicking the soccer ball. 

MAINTENANCE STAFF:
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Ernesto Garcia Guzman

Ernesto is a permanent resident and joined our team in 2014.  This year he has taken on the role of Maintenance Manager and will be working closely with the crews and account managers.  He still gets a little nervous speaking in English; he has learned so much.  He is from Vicente Guerrero, Durango.  In his free time, you will find him out running on the soccer field or reading the most recent novel.  

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Juan Martin Castrejon

Juan Martin is in the process of getting his permanent resident status and hopes to bring his family to the United States.  Juan Martin is the Shop Manager, having responsibility to make sure that all equipment is running properly, and the crews have everything they need when it comes to supplies.  In Juan Martin’s spare time you will find him working on his English and lending a helping hand to anyone in need. 

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Lorenso Beltran Garcia

Lorenso is one of our Maintenance Foremen and has been working with us since 2006. He is a “Happy-go-Lucky” guy, who always has a smile on his face. He is from Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, where he lives with his wife and three young children. He is happy to have family with him here in Ohio and loves Donatos Pizza and Cane’s.

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Ismael Arriaga Ordaz

Ismael comes to M.J. Design from Monterrey, Mexico. He has worked for us since 2007. He is one of our Maintenance Foreman. Ismael has turned into a great pruner and has learned the art of selective hand pruning. He is very quiet and you will often find him listening to music via his headphones. He is the youngest in his family with 3 older sisters. Ismael is married, and he and Maria just recently had their second child. He likes to watch basketball, but soccer is his favorite sport and he plays with other staff members on a team during the summer in Columbus. He enjoys the parks and outdoors in Ohio.

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Daniel Lopez

Daniel came to work for M.J. in 2002, as one of our first H2B visa workers.  Since then, he has been instrumental in recruiting family and friends to come work for M.J.  Over the 20 years of his employment, he took a leave of absence from 2018 0 2020.  He has recently returned and is working on getting his permanent citizenship.  In his spare time, you will find Daniel volunteering at his church.  

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Andrew Hanson, OCNT – Landscape

Andrew came to M.J. Design in November of 2020 with the goal of learning as much as he could about the landscaping industry, to start a landscape company himself someday.  Andrew loves to spend his spare time with family.   You will find him outside, working on a project, camping with family and friends, or just enjoying nature.   

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