Our Team

 

Owner

 
 
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Kurt LaButte, Co-founder of Todd's Services, Inc., Est 1979

Kurt has played an integral role in the company's development, growth and continued success for over 35 years. Kurt continues to lead as the company President and CEO.

Membership and Affiliations:

  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

  • Michigan Nurseryman and Landscape Association (MNLA)

  • Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA)


Management Team

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Sherry LaButte-Birk, Corporate Vice President - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1986

As Vice President, Sherry performs multiple roles including the oversight of all admins, assists clients with our finance programs, accounting and much more. Sherry plays a vital role in day to day operations and is a valuable member of the TSI management team.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Public Relations Department for Domino's Pizza World Headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Real Estate License holder

  • Dale Carnegie Graduate

 

Josh Robinson, Director of Sales and Design - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1989

Josh has spent his entire career with Todd's Services. He began employment at 13 as a yard hand washing trucks and changing oil. At age 18, Josh started his career in sales and began designing at age 22. In 2009, Josh began his role as Director of Sales and Design. Josh is a member of the Certification Committee for the (CGIP) program which is the recognized certification program of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP)

  • Member of the CGIP Certification Committee

  • Michigan Certified Landscape Designer, MNLA

  • Michigan Certified Landscape Manager, MNLA

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Jeff Walz, Senior Supervisor of Operations - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1994

Jeff has over 35 years of industry experience with 23 of those years being with Todd's Services. In his role as Senior Supervisor of Operations, Jeff specializes in all aspects of landscape and hardscape installations. His extensive experience in this industry is a great value to our clients and our team here at TSI.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Certified (ICPI)

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Doug Murphy, Quality Control Manager and Human Resource Manager - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2002

Doug has numerous roles within the management team that include quality control, wetland delineations, hydrogeologic investigation, draft team oversight and much more. Doug's analytic skill-set and education have proven critical at ensuring the highest integrity of our workmanship.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • B.S. Hydrogeologist, EMU, Minor in Geology

  • B.S. Biologist, EMU, Minor in Botany

  • Environmental Consultant - Previous Senior Staff Hydrogeologist

  • Corporate Environmental & Regulatory Compliance Specialist

  • Licensed Residential Builder

 
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Mark Becker, Purchasing and Scheduling Manager - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1995

Mark has been an integral part of Todd's Services for 22 years. In his first four years with the Todd's he was a heavy equipment operator working with landscaping crews. Mark then transitioned out of the field and into the office and currently fills the role of Purchasing and Scheduling Manager. Mark's extensive knowledge of equipment and production has proven to be a valuable asset to TSI and to our management team.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Associate's Degree, Business Management

  • PMB Certification

  • Class A CDL Driver

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Kevin Birk, Fleet and Service Dept Manager, Master Plumber - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2004

Kevin is highly skilled in irrigation, plumbing and mechanical. He plays a critical role in the oversight over our sprinkler service department as well as overseeing TSI's in house mechanics. Kevin is well accomplished in his professional field of plumbing and has trained numerous apprentices in his craft. Kevin is as asset to our company, our clients and to the TSI management team.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • State of Michigan Licensed Master Plumber

  • State of Michigan Licensed Plumbing Contractor

  • State of Michigan Licensed Mechanical Contractor

  • State of Michigan Licensed Boiler Installer 4B

  • Bachelor of Plumbing Science-Washtenaw Community College

  • Associate's in Teaching-Eastern Michigan University


Sales Department

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Tom Skover, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1996

Tom has over 30 years of landscape and design experience and has served 20 of those years with Todd's Services. Tom is an accomplished designer with a skillset that is extremely valuable to our clients and specializes in moderate to large scale projects.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • MNLA Merit Award Winning Designer

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Ed Esch, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1995

Ed has over 22 years of experience in the landscape construction industry. In his role in design and sales, Ed specializes in all aspects of landscape and hardscape installations. Ed has an incredible depth of knowledge and always ensures structural and sustainable integrity in all his designs.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • 2 years of formal drafting courses

 
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Lee Carlson, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2007

Lee has nearly 30 years of landscape and design experience. He is an expert in landscape design and site planning and has been a leading member of the design and sales team at Todd's Services for the last 11 years. Lee earned the highest annual Rosetta product sales award and is the recipient of both MGIA and MNLA industry awards on projects over $250,000 for environmental improvement and for design / installation.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • BS, Horticulture and Landscape Design - MSU

  • MNLA Merit Award Winning Designer

  • MGIA Merit Award Winning Designer

  • Member of MNLA, MGIA and NALP

  • MSU Alumni Association

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Matt Buhr, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2013

Before joining Todd's Services, Matthew spent his past years as the lead Landscape Designer for a high-end residential landscape design/build company on the island of Cape Cod Massachusetts. His design capabilities and architectural/construction experience have driven him to design several award-winning residential and commercial landscapes. His ability to create sustainable and exquisite designs are proven to be very sought after by our customers.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • B.S. Degree of Architecture - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • MNLA Merit Award Winning Designer

  • MGIA Merit Award Winning Designer

 
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Jamey Martinez, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2015

Jamey has 12 years of horticulture and landscape construction experience. Jamey keeps up with the latest design and site solution trends as a Michigan Certified Green Industry Professional through the Michigan Nursery Landscape Association (MNLA). Jamey's attention to detail along with proficient design skills has quickly made him an asset to TSI and his clients.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • BS, Horticulture with a focus in Landscape Design / Construction Management - MSU

  • Associates Degree, Landscape Architect - LCC

  • Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP)

  • Michigan Certified Landscape Manager (MNLA)

  • Michigan Certified Landscape Contractor (MNLA)

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Trevor Bennett, Sales and Design - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1983

Trevor has over 30 years experience in the landscape industry with 17 of those years being with Todd's Services. He has performed in multiple roles ranging from laborer, foreman, project manager, supervisor and now sales/design. He has extensive background in both residential and commercial landscaping projects with some of those projects being as large as $1,000,000+. Trevor has knowledge of all aspects of the industry from plants to major hardscape construction.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

 
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Tom Hall, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2005

Tom began his employment with Todd's Services in Spring 2005 starting his new career in the green industry. Due to 11 years of experience and continued training, Tom has become an expert in the industry. Tom's excellent customer service has resulted in him becoming one of our most requested representatives.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • MGIA Merit Award Winning Designer

 
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CHRIS O’DELL, Design and Sales - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2017

Chris has been in the landscaping industry since 2002. Chris has good knowledge of all areas of the landscape construction process both in the field and in design. Chris is committed to this industry and is constantly striving to be on the cutting edge of what is new and sustainable.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Advanced Residential Paver Technician (ICPI)

  • Advanced Residential SRW Technician (NCMA)

 
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RYAN DINIUS, Design and Sales

Ryan started his Landscape career in the year 2000 working extensively with comprehensive landscape, hardscape and construction projects. Highly skilled in all aspects of the industry, his extensive field experience, project management and creative site planning background has provided Ryan the skillset to be a leading designer focusing on multidisciplinary projects of all facets. Ryan genuinely enjoys working with each client to provide a vision and experience that will exceed their expectations.  

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Master of Science in Urban Planning, Eastern Michigan University

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • Certified Concrete Paver Installer (ICPI)  

 
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David Langlois, Design and sales

Dave started as a hardscape installation laborer in 1996. He worked his way up to Hardscape Forman and ultimately Design Consultant. Dave specializes in all things hardscape but with his experience can help customers with all forms of landscape construction.

 
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John Ellis, Commercial Maintenance and Snow Maintenance Sales Manager - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2015             

John started maintaining commercial and residential properties in 2009. By 2013, he had worked his way up to managing multiple sites and crews. Not only does he over see the day-to-day operations of our maintenance division, he also bids commercial lawn and snow maintenance programs offered by TSI. John's work ethic, attention to detail and leadership skills make him a great asset.


Production Managers

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David Cuthbertson, Supervisor of Production - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2011

David has over 20 years of industry experience and is highly skilled in all aspects of landscape construction. His extensive experience in this industry is a great value to our clients and our team here at TSI. David overseen and directed numerous projects to completion that went on to become award winning landscapes. His attention to quality ensures integrity and sustainability to our installations.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • BSc. Biology - Western University of Ontario

  • Associate Dip. of Horticulture - University of Guelph

 
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Frank Meza, Supervisor of Production - at Todd's Services Inc. since 2007

Frank has is a true expert at both hardscapes and softscape projects. He started his landscape career at Todd's Services and has grown to be a valuable asset to our customers and our company. Frank is now overseeing projects while mentoring others to gain his skills set.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

 
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Fransisco Hernandez, Site Manager - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1999

Fransisco is an equipment and installation expert with extensive experience in all landscape construction. There is no project too difficult for this talented site manager. We are grateful to have him on our TSI team as are each of the customers that work with him. Many of his Fransisco's projects have become award winning in multiple landscape associations.

 
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Eric Smith, Site Manager - at Todd's Services Inc. since 1995

Eric is a dedicated employee that we and our customers truly appreciate. He is an expert in softscapes and just about any other landscape related service we offer. Eric is a leader in the field and continues to grow in his career.

 
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AUSTIN LABUTTE, HR Assistant & Assistant Foreman - at Todd's Services since 2011

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

  • Class A CDL Driver

 
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MIKAL LABUTTE, Assistant Foreman - at Todd's Services since 2015

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Segmental Retaining Wall Certification (SRW, NCMA)

  • Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

  • Class A CDL Driver


Administrative Department

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Julie Saladino, Administrative Assistant - at Todd's Services since 1997

 
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Christine Goralski, Administrative Assistant - at Todd's Services since 1998

 
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Heidi KOVAREK, Administrative Assistant - at Todd's Services since 1997

 
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Crystal Foerster, Administrative Assistant - at Todd's Services since 2014

 
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Gary Synan, Job Cost Analyst - at Todd's Services since 2013

 
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Earon Aldrich, Administrative Assistant- at Todd's Services since 2006


Drafting Department

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Keith Lince, Senior Draftsman & 3D Modeling Engineer

Keith joined the Todd's Services family in 2016 and strives to create captivating visual representations of designed landscape projects, both conceptual and empirical. With extensive collaboration with our design and sales team, Keith provides valuable assistance to all stages of the design-build process.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • B.S. in Architecture & Sustainability - Ferris State University

  • Associates Degree in Architectural Technology - Ferris State University

 
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Zak Bacheller, Landscape Draftsman

Zac started in early 2018 at Todd's working to help keep up with demand. He has 2 1/2 years of educational training in Mechanical Engineering at ITT Tech.

Certifications / Accreditations:

  • Associates Degree in Drafting and Design - ITT Tech

  • Currently pursuing an additional associates degree in Architectural and Civil Construction - Macomb Community College


Irrigation Department

 
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Michael Pohl, Senior Irrigation Service Technician - at Todd's Services since 1995

 
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Nadeen Peters, Irrigation Service Technician - at Todd's Services since 2003

 
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Robert Potter, Irrigation Service Technician - joined Todd's Services in Spring 2016

 
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Howard Smith, Irrigation Service Technician - Returned to Todd's Services in Spring 2016 after moving back to Michigan