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Staff & Bio’s

Russell Thorn

RussRussell Thorn is a founding, Co-Owner at R&D Landscape, and is a landscape networking, customer relations, sales, and pesticide/ fertilization specialist. Russell began his interest in the outdoors during his elementary years working and planting trees on his father’s land in Eaton Rapids, MI. Russell finds a lot of his inspiration through people and a variety of natural landscapes including the Rocky Mountains. While attending Michigan State University for horticulture, Russell teamed up with lifelong friend, Doug and quickly found they shared an appreciation for beautiful landscaping. From there, Russell has been able put his knowledge, experience and training into growing the company. He enjoys his job more with every season, and enjoys seeing the satisfied look on a customer’s face when a project is finished.

Douglas Reaves

DougDoug is a founding Co-Owner at R&D Landscape, specializing in customer relations and business development. He always knew he would do something outdoors. While attending Michigan State University for Landscape Design and Horticulture, Doug joined up with now business partner, Russell, to launch and nurture R&D Landscape into what it is today. Doug loves connecting with customers throughout landscaping projects, seeing their thrill with the final product, and hearing stories about customers using their completed outdoor living spaces. An avid runner and cyclist, Doug gets his inspiration from the natural beauty around him, including Ingham County’s own Burchfield Park Trails and the stunning waterfalls of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Matthew Kavanagh

Matt always knew he wanted to work outside, but wasn’t exactly sure what that would look like. As Supervisor for our Lawn Maintenance team, he is able to further his passion for the outdoors and reaffirm that R&D is the place for him on a daily basis. His favorite part of a landscape project is seeing everything come together when the hard work of the team really pays off. He is inspired by the times when he is able to bounce ideas off co-workers and collaborate together as well as by his family. When Matt’s not on the job, you can probably find him enjoying some family time on a camping trip or out fishing.

Clayton Carstensen

Clayton does landscape design, estimating and customer relations for R&D Landscape. Growing up in rural Michigan, Clay loved to be outdoors working on his father’s land and has always wanted to work in the landscape field. The work ethic and desire to keep lawns and landscapes looking spectacular is what continues to drive him today, as well as his determination to re-create landscapes and natural wonders from the Upper Peninsula. Clay is full of integrity, has an energizing personality, and has a sincere love for others. When not hard at work, Clay loves to spend time with his family, volunteering at church, or in the outdoors hunting, fishing, or cutting wood.

Micah Winzeler

Micah somehow managed to get a job for a landscaping company without possessing any landscaping skills. As our Office Manager, he manages the R&D Landscape website and social media presence and maintains our network and computers. His favorite part of the job is that he is always learning and growing. He also loves being able to provide customers true value through both the relationship and the level of service that R&D provides. Micah is trained in tree climbing, care, pruning, and removal. He loves hobby tree climbing with his eleven year old daughter, running and cycling, and volunteering at church.