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The People of Phoenix

Chad Johnson


Chad 2015

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.

Tim Skelton

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.

Kevin Thompson

VP of Operations

Kevin T 2015

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.

Matt Holmes

VP of Charleston

(Charleston, SC)


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.

Jeremy Loadholdt

VP of Charlotte

(Charlotte, NC)

Jeremy 2020

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.  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.

Shawn Fitzgerald

Regional Manager

(Coastal Carolina)

Shawn 2017

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.

Adam Wyman

Regional Manager

(North-Central Region)

Adam 2016

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.

Inman Love

Operations Manager

(Coastal Carolina)

Inman 2016

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.

Matt Swartzmiller

Area Manager

(Coastal Carolina)

Matt S 2

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.

Mary Johnson

Area Manager

(Coastal Carolina)


Mary was born in Miami, FL then moved to Venezuela as a baby. She spent her childhood there but moved to South Carolina for high school. Mary moved back to Venezuela for college and loved to create art in her spare time. Due to the political unrest in Venezuela, Mary came back to the States when it became unsafe. Mary began working for Phoenix in 2016 helping with a variety of administrative tasks, including translation and interpretation. She transitioned into the landscaping field in 2017 and found it to be a great fit. Mary was able to channel her artistic energy into creating beautiful landscaping. Because of her natural talent, tenaciousness, and ability, Mary was promoted to a manager. She loves being in a leadership roll where she can use her people skills and lead by example, all while creating beautiful landscapes for residents to enjoy.

Joann Pecoraro

Area Manager


Joann 2019

Joann grew up in Maryland where she loved having her hands in the dirt and planting flowers. After high school, she moved to Florida to enjoy warmer weather and pursue a career in landscaping. Joann started out doing install work for new construction, learning how to operate heavy equipment. After a few years, she took job at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. She learned about landscape maintenance and pest control. Eventually, Joann began working at Disney World, broadening her skill set by learning about topiary. She discovered that she had a natural talent bringing animated characters to life by using shrubs and other plants to create living statues. She earned her Horticulture degree from the Disney Tree Farm and began teaching topiary at the Disney Institute. Joann decided to move to Pawleys Island to enjoy some cooler weather. Joann was very impressed with Phoenix’s reputation and joined our team.

Vernon-Edward Dennis

Area Manager


Vernon 2019

Raised in Gadsden, SC, Vernon grew to love the outdoors. In his free time, he loves to go deep-sea fishing in North Carolina with his father and go white water rafting with friends. As a teen, Vernon started working with his father’s residential landscaping business where he began to foster a love for the business. He attended Clemson University where he volunteered with the South Carolina Botanical Gardens, as well as one of Clemson’s sustainable gardens where he surveyed and informed visitors of sustainable practices and designs. During one of Vernon’s summer internships, he designed and installed specialty gardens and arrangements allowing him to obtain a great eye for color. He also interned in Hilton Head Island SC, where he gained more knowledge for the commercial side of the landscaping industry. Vernon works for Phoenix where he continues to promote a positive work environment for the team.

Anthony Bowers

Area Manager

(Charleston, SC)

Bowers 3-2018

Anthony was born and raised in Greenwood, SC.  His love for landscaping began at an early age when he helped his dad landscaping various properties.  Anthony has always loved the outdoors, whether it is fishing, hiking, or landscaping. To him, time outdoors in always his favorite.  Anthony attended The Citadel where he earned his degree in Health Exercise and Sport Science.  After graduating, he decided to do something he loves.  In 2016, Anthony joined the Charleston team and has fun doing what he loves.  His easy-going nature enables him to put the Charleston team first.  Anthony embodies the Whatever It Takes attitude that has been the key to his success.

Sara Durant

Area Manager



Sara was raised on fresh air and NASCAR in Upstate New York. After graduating with a degree in education from Ithaca College, she moved to Charlotte to pursue a career in the racing industry. Sara taught elementary school for a year before landing a full-time NASCAR job as a tire specialist. For fourteen years, she enjoyed the fast-paced industry, supplementing her income working in the landscape industry. Eventually, Sara owned and operated her own residential landscape business. Looking to take her career to the next level, she joined Team Phoenix. Even though Sara has found a new career that she loves, she still enjoys taking her kids to the race track on the weekends.

Chase Johnson

Area Manager


Chase 2019 (2)

Chase grew up in Salisbury, NC where he learned to hunt and fish. His love for the outdoors continued as he took up baseball and golf. After graduating high school, Chase moved to Charlotte to attend UNC Charlotte. He decided to pursue a degree in the Life Sciences and majored in Environmental Science. During the summers, he worked at the Pro Shop at Rocky River Golf Club. Chase eventually moved to the course’s landscape maintenance, where he learned the complexities of irrigation repair and weed control. Looking for a better opportunity after graduating college, Chase shifted into the Commercial Landscape Industry. Chase bring his enthusiasm for the outdoors to work each day and still enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing in his spare time.

Beth McKay

Area Manager

(Greenville, SC)

Beth 2019

Beth grew up in Louisiana then moved to South Carolina to attend college at Lander University. She earned her degree majoring in Political Science. Beth got married and stayed home caring for her four young children. In 2016, Beth began working part-time for Phoenix as the Sales Assistant. She learned about properties, customer support, and administrative tasks as well as landscaping and horticulture. In the Spring of 2018, Beth offered to help the short-staffed floriculture team plant flowers. Beth loved being outside and using her leadership and organizational skills, so she decided to accept a full-time position as the Installation Supervisor. Eager to learn, her unique skill set has helped her develop into a well-rounded Area Manager.

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