Business partner and bro to Ken, Mark grew up working in the family business since day one. He is super passionate about living in recreational Owen Sound and sharing the surrounding land and shore experience with others, with a horticultural flair from a Humber education. Keen on growing with the business, Mark is supported by his lovely wife and four girls who can often be found in the office eating the lion's share of the customer candy supply. Although he thinks he's laser focused, Mark is actually highly excitable, and can often be found making interesting sound effects and gestures as he gets off track with his other passions! One thing is for sure, if Mark had his way, all landscapes would be designed in one colour, KTM orange.
Highly artistic and talented, Ken brings a lot of passion to operations, along with a dedication to providing a top shelf client experience. Ken’s family of seven is keen on travelling, so we like to think he brings world class influence to the culture here. They can be a rambunctious bunch, but the only little lady of the household clearly has everything under control! Ken is also very resourceful, and an exceptional builder. He has a natural ability and keen eye to recognize and create great design. On the side, Ken is a tech lovin', quadcopter flyin', video shootin', computer buildin' cyber nerd. It’s all Greek to us, but it sure comes in handy!
The original Patriarch, John, aka Dad, founded the business in 2000, with a machine, a truck and a whole lot of heart. His early business motto was “Yes, that’s our specialty”. We learned a lot! Kindness, generosity, and a focus on customer satisfaction built a strong business that continues to grow today. Now he’s a number crunching spreadsheet guru, dialling in statistics like nobody’s business. At least that's what we think he's up to. Reports are, he's often truant, absent without notice, or otherwise missing in action. Let us know if you catch him!
Bryan is the man. The dock guy. The shore guy. He wears a lot of hats, and he wears them well. Confident, passionate, and enthusiastic, Bryan brings an exceptional customer experience with strong product knowledge, and the service to back it up. Bryan loves his baseball, drumming on drums, and hanging out with his family of four. We know he’s glad he missed out on the Big Leagues, life just wouldn't be the same here without him.
Amy is the office organizer extraordinaire. She's proven herself to throw a mean team party, and has us all on a tight budget. Amy is a dedicated team player with a solid background in business administration, and takes great pride in her professionalism. On the side, Amy is a spirited hockey mom, nutritional guru, and vegetable growing health nut; which is exactly what we needed to keep us in every other shape but round!
Kyle is our Ace in the Hole. A natural numbers analyst, he is a master of crunching spreadsheets and balancing budgets and is always keen to share his knowledge. While Kyle is significantly beardier than when he first joined us as an estimator, he still has a heart of gold and fits right in with the fun culture we’ve come to enjoy here. Adding to his already impressive repertoire, he has also completed training as a Certified Landscape Manager. Along with a passion for cuisine, plants, and beard oils, Kyle’s dedication to his family and ours is exceptional, and we are lucky to have him on board!
Elise, our first resident designer! Her favourite foods are cake and toast, in that order. She is always up for pouring a fresh cup of coffee into one of her many quirky mugs. Elise is a talented graduate of Fanshawe college and brings a new perspective to our team and designs. She recently left her home in the GTA for our rugged views, fresh water, and world class hiking – the only thing she is missing is IKEA. Don’t let Elise’s quiet nature fool you though; she is tough as nails and ready for anything!
Jill is our fast paced, customer lovin' care giver found on the front lines. Call our office, you'll catch her! With a diploma in office administration, she brings meticulous and cheery service to company and customer alike. Jill doesn't just like words, she likes songs too. Come in singing a tune, she'll join right in! Jill really doesn't like cheesies under her fingernails, so her weapon of choice for that cheesy goodness? Chopsticks. She bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie, and can drive a big tractor better than most. Don't believe it? Challenge accepted.
If you've never heard of Skijoring, you should probably look it up. Myles is a Skijoring pro, and has some awesome dogs to go with it. Being an avid outdoorsman, he's ready and capable at the drop of a hat to slink off into the woods and survive for months on his skills and supplies all found in one backpack. Myles jumped in with both feet when he joined Hutten & Co. No stranger to continuing education, Myles has nearly completed the Horticultural Apprenticeship program with flying colors. His most recent endeavour is taking the lead in setting up our Garden Management division.
Scott takes in the craziness here with a quiet, methodical scrutiny that doesn't miss a beat. He has an uncanny handle on the entire landscape scene and a meticulous eye for detail. With over 20 year's experience in the field, he's earned it. When he isn't crafting the best landscapes in Ontario, he is likely ripping around with his son on dirtbikes! Braaaaap!
Laurie - the everything guy. Professional snow clearer, seasoned dock service veteran, skilled machine operator and landscape tech, and dedicated family man, Laurie is an excellent addition to the team. Somehow, he is always smiling, even when you’d expect a frown. He’s also been known as the home depot guy, where he’s taken home several consecutive employee awards in a row. The reason is obvious; he’d cheerfully give you the shirt off his back. No questions.
Dave comes to us with lots of landscaping experience. He’s got a great attitude and a strong work ethic. When he is not working, look for him parked somewhere along the Saugeen River, where you will probably find him fishing. He is currently working toward completing the requirements to become a Certified Landscape Technician.
The resident tree expert, Eric has a real passion for the outdoors, horticulture, and making a place beautiful. When he's not assessing rare or possibly endangered bark from strange trees, he is working at an abnormal rate of speed that seems like it simply must run out. But it doesn't. It keeps going. And going. We're not sure what the sauce is, but we're really fortunate to experience all that energy! Eric is also a really generous dude. He brings lotions, beard oils and other products for our grooming pleasure. We're glad, it's a nice mix from the copious amounts of candy that we can also enjoy from his mitt. Thanks Eric!
Dedicated, passionate, and an exceptional team player, Kevin pumps out the production, while keeping things fun. When he isn’t working, he’s probably spending time with his family, tending to his outdoor rink in the winter, ice fishing, or playing sports.
Mike, the magnet for poison ivy. He brings a history of adventure, world travel, and international teaching to our team. A staple in many music and arts scenes, and with a passion for permaculture and all things sustainable, he also signed up for the Horticultural Apprenticeship program at Fanshawe. When he’s not on site particularly profiling production points, you can find him hanging at the trailer in Sauble Beach or cuddled up with his favourite person – his cat. No matter where Mike is, he’d rather be with his cat!
Kyle has joined landscaping full steam ahead! He’s got a contagious work ethic and is always giving 110%. He loves the world of plants, so being enrolled at Fanshawe for the Horticultural Apprenticeship program was a natural fit. He loves his dog, and he also likes fishing; well, he has a boat anyway. We are excited to have him aboard!
Matthew, the son of a legend. He is just as dedicated as his dad too. After helping us out here and there installing some docks and laying some sod, Matt has joined our team full-time, and we are glad to have him. While he enjoys quiet days at home with his PlayStation, Matt is a go-getter in the field and will always go the extra mile to help his teammates. We are excited to see him grow with us!
Dustin may be the only one here who not only doesn’t like coffee but won’t even try it. We’ll work on him yet! Dustin comes from a slippery background spending most of his time managing ski runs at private ski clubs, so he is ski bum extraordinaire. He is now a super dedicated dock pro, loves sailing the ocean blue with his wife on his 8 ft yacht, and can sometimes be found golfing in blundstone boots. His other specialty is bow hunting, because apparently using a rifle is cheating.
Jamie is very multi-talented: he is a limo driver, wedding officiant, chief story teller, and gourmet cook, just to name a few of the hats that he wears... That we can remember. It makes us tired even trying to think of the rest of the list. He literally has a true story for everything you can think of, from chasing chickens in the Caribbean (did we get this right?) to sending an exploding propane tank through a research camp in the Yukon. You name it, he has done it, owned it, ate it, raced it, or has a license for it. Oddly enough he is the quietest of the bunch, but don't let that fool you - his die-hard sense of duty is unparalleled as he fills many roles here. The only fault we have found is that he doesn't sleep. Ever.