Garpiel Group performs all facets of its work based on five core values: quality, integrity, trustworthy, delivery and commitment. These core values are instrumental in how we hire team members. When presenting our services to a potential client, our core values are the foundation of the sale and why a client chooses our company over a competitor. Beyond quality and delivery, a client expects work to be performed with integrity.
We continually teach our team to be proactive, rather than reactive. Since our clients depend on quality delivery of service, it is our responsibility to have integrity and open, honest communication with them.
We stand behind the work we perform and it all goes back to hiring the right people. When emphasizing the importance of delivery to our team, we touch on providing our clients the full maintenance experience. It isn’t uncommon for a team member to bring a client’s trash cans up to the house from the edge of the driveway or find another way to go the “extra mile” in delivering a complete, quality service.
We are proud of the team we have in place and will continue to grow through the practice of living our core values. Read more about our Leadership Team below.
In 1997, Rob Garpiel started Garpiel Landscaping, which later became known as Garpiel Group. In the beginning, Rob knew he enjoyed being outside, cutting grass and making the outdoors look better. A natural entrepreneur, Rob quickly found joy in controlling his own destiny. The next success was growing the business large enough to hire his brothers, Matt, then 17, and Joe, then 13. The three realized the blessing of creating a family business that fulfilled a need.
Today, Rob’s personal vision is to help team members achieve their dreams and goals. His greatest satisfaction with Garpiel Group, thus far, has been watching team members flourish as they live the company’s vision, mission and core values. When not at work, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife, Diane, and his two sons, Hunter and Jacob, as well as their dachshund, Harley. His family enjoys spending time near Lake Huron in the summer and in sunny Florida whenever they can get away.
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Matthew DeVries joined Garpiel Group in 2012 and relishes the diversity of his job. He works closely with the company’s internal processes to improve the bottom line. He focuses on everything from hiring qualified team members to implementing tools that improve Garpiel’s profitability. Matthew also participates in local groups connected with local Chamber of Commerce organizations to promote the Garpiel Group brand. Matthew has a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and is originally from the Saginaw area. In 2016 Matthew advanced from his position of Business Development Associate to Vice President of Garpiel Group.
When not at work, Matthew enjoys reading, spending time with friends and attending sporting events. His passion is music, though. He loves attending concerts, but also researches the history, influences and interesting production notes about his favorite artists.
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Landscape Management Supervisor
Joe Garpiel is the landscape management division supervisor at Garpiel Group, with a primary focus on construction. He is responsible for many of the beautiful and creative paver patios, retaining walls, water features and landscapes that Garpiel Group designs, builds and maintains for our clients. He holds a degree from Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Landscape and Nursery program. Joe has invested a great amount of time into formalizing his professional standing in the landscape industry, ensuring his experience is a welcome asset to any project.
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Turf Care Manager
Matt Garpiel, who has been involved in the green industry since 1997, oversees the day-to-day operation of the turf management and land care divisions. Matt has attended several Michigan State University turf management courses. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of turf grass with clients, helping to educate them about best practices. Matt lives in Saginaw County with his wife, Carrie, and their 3 children, Lily, Madilyn and Nash. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and working in his yard.
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Emily Stroebel, Staff Accountant at Garpiel Group, grew up in Shields and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Northwood University in Midland. Joining the Garpiel team allowed Emily to realize her dream of living in the Great Lakes Bay Region and pursuing an accounting career. She’s been with Garpiel Group since 2014. When not at work, Emily enjoys running, kettlebell workouts, traveling, and volunteering. She has a passion for putting a smile on the faces of others and lending a helping hand.
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Business Development Associate
Jerry Ritchey started work for Garpiel Group in April 2009 as a lawn crew member. Jerry has worn many hats at Garpiel, most recently moving from Plant Health Care and Turf Advisor to Business Development Associate. He is Garpiel’s most experienced fertilizer technician, with years of experience as a commercially licensed pesticide applicator. He has attended countless hours of classes and training seminars to continue his education to better serve clients. His goal is to become a certified arborist and a certified green industry professional (CGIP). Jerry also is the go-to guy for prospects and clients looking for information on lawn maintenance and fertilization. He is actively involved in our grassroots development to help our clients maintain beautifully controlled and healthy sites through an energetic management style. His primary focus is on client management and strengthening relationships with clients through swift response time to requests. Jerry takes pride in providing a satisfactory customer service experience and making sure all your needs are met.
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Plant Health Care Manager
ISA Certified Arborist
Arborist Don Churchill joined Garpiel Group in 2015, allowing expansion of the Tree and Plant Health Care programs. Don is one of the most experienced plant health care experts in the area. His list of credentials is long. Don holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from Michigan Technological University; he is an ISA Certified Arborist; and an MDA Commercial Pesticide Applicator. He has experience in pruning/removal and plant health care. Don has managed crews on state-bid contracts for the eradication of select, non-native invasive species. When not at work, Don enjoys spending time with his family, either at home or in East Tawas. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and playing softball and golf.
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Client Relations Manager
Jacob Ureche started with Garpiel Group in the spring of 2014 as a landscape crew member. After a busy summer and winter, Jake began to take on more challenges and roles within the company. He started as a crew leader and now meets directly with clients. His role today is to keep clients involved and informed in every aspect of their projects. He works alongside crew members to make sure the final project meets the standards of both Garpiel and the client. Jake is very friendly and personable. He is interested in learning from the experiences of his colleagues and strives to develop the skills to lead his peers. Outside work, Jake loves spending time with family and staying active outdoors. He hunts with his beloved dog, works with newcomers interested in physical fitness and coaches his nephew’s Little League baseball and soccer teams.
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Amalia Vargas joined the Garpiel Group team in February 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She has taken on this ever-growing role with a can-do attitude and a positive spirit. She takes pride in being the first interaction with current and potential clients who call or visit. She always does her absolute best to deliver the finest customer service experience possible. In the office, she has initiated a recycling program to help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as well as save energy, water and landfill space. Outside of work, Amalia has recently discovered a love of foraging for wild edible and medicinal plants. She also enjoys sports on the water, especially skiing, boating, tubing and fishing. She is close to her 5 brothers and sisters. She loves to cook and bake and has a passion for travel.
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Landscape Production Manager
Shortly after graduating from Heritage High School in Saginaw Township in 2012, Matt Martineau landed a job as a landscaper at Garpiel Group. He immediately loved it and soon was making plans to stay at the company until retirement. Today, he’s the Landscape Production Manager for Garpiel Group. His job is to make sure the landscapers have what they need each day to efficiently provide high-quality services to business and residential customers. In the winter, he creates 3-D landscape designs for Garpiel. He’s completed several seminars, including Mastering Foremanship from the Michigan Green Industry Association, and is taking Business Management classes at Delta College. In his free time, Matt joins friends and family to go hunting and fishing. He’s also an avid music lover, frequently attending concerts and music festivals.
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John Plamondon views his job as solving puzzles. Every day, he determines the best way to fit puzzle pieces together to build, maintain and repair irrigation systems. “Every day is a different challenge,” John says. He started mowing lawns for Garpiel Group in 2011. Later, he moved up to a management position, overseeing landscaping crews. Today, he handles all facets of irrigation systems for Garpiel. He schedules and works on everything, from installation and repairs to winterization and spring start-ups. In his free time, John enjoys camping and fishing.
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Account Manager – Bay City Area
Tyler Johnroe started mowing lawns for Garpiel Group in 2013. Later, he worked as an irrigation technician. Those two roles gave him valuable insight in 2016 when he took on an Account Manager position. In his latest role, Tyler works with clients to plan jobs and troubleshoot concerns. He also inspects job sites before and after the work is done to make sure Garpiel’s high standards are met or exceeded. In his free time, Tyler is a diehard Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings fan. But his favorite activity is meeting and talking with clients.
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Fleet Services Manager
Eric Peelman joined Garpiel Group in 2016 as the Fleet Services Manager. He enjoys that the job of ensuring all Garpiel’s vehicles and equipment are in top running condition keeps him busy all day, every day. Eric brings Garpiel Group many years of experience in maintaining vehicles and building engines.
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