MEET OUR TEAM
The People of Phoenix
Chad joined Post Properties in 1984, beginning his 33 years of landscape experience and gaining an appreciation of the professionalism and skill that Post had built its reputation on in Atlanta, Georgia. Chad Johnson started and developed Carolina Landscape Management for six years between 1989 and 1995, maintaining properties in North and South Carolina from operations centers located in Charlotte, Columbia and Raleigh- Durham. In 1995 Chad Johnson started Phoenix Landscape Management, Inc. and has grown and expanded the company into nine locations throughout the Southeast.
VP of Sales
Tim has 28 years of industry experience starting with Southern Lawn in 1989. Tim managed their operations prior to starting New South Landscape, which had operations centers in Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. In 2001, he sold his interest in New South to start a partnership with Phoenix Landscape Management. Tim has been an integral part in growing our Greenville, Columbia, Charleston and Augusta locations.
VP of Operations
Kevin has 25 years of industry experience beginning when he was a teenager and started his own landscaping operation. Kevin decided to work for a landscaping company to learn about running a business. In 1994, Kevin began his own landscaping company, Thompson’s Lawn Care, where he acquired hands-on experience by working with nurseries and golf courses. In 2001, Kevin’s reputation was well-established, and he accepted an Area Manager position with PLM. His talents go beyond landscaping, as he has proven to be a key component in PLM’s operations, including developing and training much of our young talent. Kevin currently serves as PLM’s VP of Operations, primarily focusing on Charlotte and Greenville.
VP of Charleston
Matt’s employment with PLM started when he participated in our summer internship program while he was attending college at the Citadel. Shortly after he graduated from the Citadel, Matt began managing with PLM. Matt is a licensed pesticide applicator and his unique talents include landscape design, floriculture design, implementation and maintenance. He believes that the key to success is outstanding customer service. Matt enjoys Charleston and growing our newest market.
Adam started with PLM in 2009 as a laborer in Greenville, SC while working on a degree in Landscape Architecture. His hard work and talent for designing landscape installation, was quickly rewarded with a promotion to a Supervisor. In 2010, Adam took another promotion at our Charlotte Branch as an Area Manager. In 2012, he moved to our Coastal Branch to operate the St. James Community for several years. Currently, Adam operates the Asheville Branch, growing our customer base, and also gives support to the Coastal and Columbia branches.
(Augusta, GA/Columbia, SC)
In 2011, Jonathan was first employed by PLM as an intern in Columbia while studying at Clemson. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture, he was hired at PLM as a Spray Technician. Because of his dedication to a job well-done, he was promoted to the Area Manager of Augusta, GA. By helping to grow our company, Jonathan earned another promotion to Regional Manager. Currently, he oversees the landscape operations at the Fort Gordon base in Augusta and the Fort Jackson base in Columbia.
Shawn grew up in Tampa, FL. While attending the University of South Florida, he joined the Army. After 9/11 occurred, Shawn was deployed to Iraq. He served two tours, the last one ranking as a Company Commander. Due to Shawn’s leadership skills, he continued to move up the ranks, commanding 800 soldiers and over $400 million in equipment. Shawn still serves our country in the Army Reserves. Not only does he have a wealth of real-world experience, Shawn also holds two Masters Degrees. Shawn and his family are excited to put down roots in Myrtle Beach, where Shawn uses his skills to lead the Phoenix team.
Matt started working in the Landscape Industry as a teenager. Because of Matt’s self-discipline and commitment to serving others, he worked his way up. In 1995, he was hired as a Supervisor for Phoenix in Greenville. Matt proved to be skilled at managing his time, as he graduated from Clemson in 2000 majoring in Horticulture, while working for Phoenix. Afterward, he was promoted to an Area Manager and worked for PLM until 2002. Then, Matt opened his own landscaping business, which he operated for 12 years. Recently, Matt was presented with the opportunity to move to our Coastal Branch. He always considered the Coast a vacation area and delighted in the fact he could be a part of that atmosphere, while working for a reputable, growing company.
Carlos grew up in Oregon, spending his free time in the mountains. He couldn’t wait to go hiking in the woods after school. When he was a teenager, he moved to North Carolina. After high school, he starting in construction. When the economy crashed, he took a maintenance position with Phoenix and began his landscaping career. Landscaping turned out to be a great fit for Carlos. He was finally able to enjoy the outdoors again. Setting goals and learning new things combined with an outstanding work ethic, marked Carlos as someone with great potential. Carlos quickly moved through the ranks of our company. In just a couple years, he was promoted to a Supervisor, then a Project Manager and is now an Area Manager. Carlos says his next goal is to fly a helicopter. With goal setting skills like his, the sky is the limit!
Brandon grew up in Northern Virginia and knew at an early age that he loved working outside. He first became interested in landscaping while working for his father’s landscaping business in high school. In 2003, he moved to Wilmington, NC where he worked for a large landscape company for several years, learning the chemical and installation side of the industry. Brandon started at PLM in 2015 as a Project Manager and was promoted to Area Manager for our St. James location. He likes the hands-on approach that is used at the property. Executing the residents’ plans for a beautiful development brings him a lot of job satisfaction. He loves working for PLM because he is challenged and his contributions to our company are valued.
Alex grew up in Germany, the son of an Army Soldier. His mother is German, so Alex was raised in a bilingual home. Alex considers North Carolina as his home state since his family has spent the majority of his 24-year Army career in that area. Alex brings a vast managerial background to the Coastal Carolina team. He spent the majority of his Army career as a leader of Soldiers. He completed over ten years as an Enlisted Soldier, and twelve more as an Officer. He has extensive background in Human Resources, Logistics, Transportation, Chem-Bio Defense and Leadership. Alex has an Bachelor’s Degree from the UNC at Pembroke, with one concentration in Public Relations and another in Journalism. Alex has also one Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management, and has almost completed a second in Organizational Leadership and Management. He has traveled all over the world serving his country. In his spare time, he coaches youth soccer. Alex’s managerial skills and enthusiasm make him an important part of our team.
While Jeremy was growing up, he loved to help his granddad on the family land. His love for nature and seeing the fruits of his labor, led him to begin a landscaping business while in high school. Jeremy attended Clemson University and graduated with a degree in Horticulture. His summer internship with a landscaping company led to full-time employment, where he got hands-on experience with landscape enhancement and installation. In 2014, Jeremy was hired as an Area Manager with PLM and moved to Charlotte. Jeremy’s business acumen lead to a promotion as the Charlotte Operations Manager. His gregarious personality makes his customers and co-workers smile, but his commitment to do whatever it takes is what makes him an invaluable part of our team.
Adam is a native of Acworth, Georgia where he grew working for the family business doing tree removal. He attended Point University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration while playing four years of baseball. Time away from the ball field was spent working at a local golf course. Adam always loved working in the outdoors. After graduating, he spent a couple of years coaching baseball at the collegiate level before beginning a career in sales. He quickly learned that he was not cut out for a desk job, and he traded his suit and tie in for work boots, joining Phoenix in July of 2016. Adam enjoys working for a company that is passionate about the quality of their product and places their relationships with people above all else.
Matt was born and raised in Columbia. At an early age, he took an interest in landscaping, going door to door cutting lawns. That spirit of entrepreneurship led to his love of the outdoors and shaped his career path. In 2006, Matt earned his Associates in Architectural Engineering from Midlands Tech College. After several years of working in the landscape field, he went on to earn his Bachelors in Landscape Architecture at Clemson. While there, he worked for SC Botanical Gardens, interned during the summers, then graduated in 2015. In 2016, Matt was hired as a Project Manager for PLM, then quickly promoted to Area Manager. Matt is an asset to our Phoenix team, as he put his talents to use by designing an Interactive Mapping Program for The Summit.
Robert was born in Chicago, then he moved to South Carolina when he was a young child. Robert started his career in the restaurant business. After several years managing restaurants, he began to contemplate a career change that included his love of the outdoors. He knew Phoenix Landscape to be a reputable company since he was a customer of PLM. He started out as a Spray Tech and was quickly promoted to Area Manager, where he enjoys the combination of working outside and with people.
Brant is a Greenville native, who grew up in a family of engineers. Following in his parents’ footsteps, he went to Greenville Technical College, majoring in Mechanic Engineering and Industrial Technology. During his summer vacations, he worked as a landscaper at a golf club. After graduating college, he was an Industrial Technician in the engineering field. During the recession that followed 9-11, he decided to make his career in the landscaping industry. In 2010, Brant came to work for PLM, running the Enhancements crew. Eventually, he went to work for another company but came back to PLM in 2014 as a Project Manager. In 2015, Brant changed industries and worked in construction as a builder. In 2017, Brant was rehired as an Area Manager and is happy to be back doing what he loves for a company that feels like family.
Kevin moved to Charleston from Pennsylvania. His interest in landscaping began in high school while working during the summers as a landscaper. That interest, coupled with his talent for designing, led to Kevin’s decision to major in Landscape Architecture. After graduating from Temple University, he designed landscapes, hard-scapes and lighting. Kevin enjoys seeing customers’ excited faces when they see that his completed project has exceeded their expectations. Kevin is a great addition to our Charleston branch, which he is helping to grow. His strong work-ethic and customer service skills are a key ingredient to our Charleston team. Kevin loves living in Charleston, which is so full of beautiful architecture and history.
Inman grew up in Gaffney SC. He started his landscape career while in middle school, working with his dad on the weekends to maintain rental properties. While attending Clemson University, Inman interned at Brookgreen Gardens where he fell in love with the Coastal landscape. In 2015, Inman graduated from Clemson with a degree in Environmental Horticulture. Inman has a passion for landscape design and is also a licensed pesticide applicator. Inman was hired in 2015 as a project manager at our Coastal Carolina branch. He is now responsible for leading the installation, fertilization, spray, and irrigation crews. He enjoys working with the crews and seeing the results of a finished design. Inman enjoys working for a reputable company and is expanding his knowledge of the landscape industry.
Jake grew up in Greenville, spending sunny days playing golf. He started college at USC Upstate. After his freshman year, he took a summer job at a golf course. He enjoyed working outside and took an interest in landscaping. After the golf course superintendent told him that landscaping is a great career, Jake decided to change his major to horticulture and switched schools. After earning his associate’s degree from Spartanburg Community College, he gained experience on a grounds crew and moved into commercial landscaping. Looking for a new opportunity and benefits, Jake joined our team in August 2016. He quickly proved himself and was promoted to Installation Manager. Jake enjoys working for a company that is focused on people and growth.