Meet the Native Land Design Team
Ben Collinsworth, CEO
Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.
Stan Johnson, President
With more than 30 years of landscape experience, Stan’s portfolio includes Las Colinas’ Williams Square, Flower Clock and Canal Walk. He has also received accolades for his work on The Arboretum, the Motorola campus and Michael Dell’s house in Austin. He and his wife currently live in Weimar.
Greg Yount, CTO
Greg joined Native Land Design in 2009 with over 13 years of commercial landscaping experience. High profile accounts he managed include The Hollows in Lake Travis and Simon Properties The Domain and Wolf Ranch. He lives in Austin with his wife and three children.
Michael Spell, Controller
Michael came to Native Land Design in 2008. He is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for the company. Michael's previous experience includes accounting responsibilities for General Bandwidth and Dell. This CPA holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Michael and his wife have two children.
Chris Rhodes, Director of Marketing and Business Development
Chris joined the Native Land Design team in 2017, bringing 17 years of experience in the industry. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. With experience in landscape operations and business development, it allows him to help grow the business while understanding both the needs of the landscape and the customer. Chris lives in Georgetown with his little girl.
Becky Dillard, Office Manager
Becky has been an office manager in the landscape industry for over 20 years. She joined Native Land Design in 2005 and handles accounts payable and receivables. She is also the central contact for customer and vendor questions. Becky and her husband live in Austin and have two sons and two grandsons.
Jennifer Smith, Administrative Assistant/Human Resources
In Jennifer’s administrative role at Native Land Design, she issues certificates of insurance, assists the company fleet and provides accounting reports to management and staff. She also serves as the company’s human resources manager.
Robbie Huang, Director of Operations
Robbie has over 16 years of landscape experience including all aspects of landscape design, construction, maintenance and irrigation. Prior to joining the Native Land Design team, Robbie worked for ValleyCrest Companies where he managed several high profile homeowner’s associations, corporate campuses, private schools and private estates. Robbie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University and spent six months at ITR in Rapperswil, Switzerland as part of an exchange program between Rutgers and ITR. He currently lives in Pflugerville with his wife and two children.
Matt Davis, Estimating/Design
Matt joined Native Land Design in 2014, bringing 4 years of commercial landscape experience. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Matt’s experiences include working on large and small scale design projects, master plans, and construction documents for both the private and public sector projects.
Josiah Ball, Irrigation Manager
Josiah has a Bachelor's degree in Geology from Illinois State University and 8 years experience as an Environmental Geologist working around the country. During college he worked in landscaping and irrigation, and for the last 5 years he's returned his focus to this field of work. Josiah is married and has a dog.
Everardo "Lalo" Gonzalez, Enhancement Manager
Everardo came form California in 2005, and with nearly 30 years of landscape experience, he really enjoys the enhancement process, where he can be a part of creating gorgeous landscapes.
Steve Daehnert, Regional Service Manager
Steve brings over 30 years of experience in all aspects of fleet and equipment maintenance. His background includes working as lead technician for TruGreen LandCare and various rental and construction companies in California. In addition, he has served as a fleet consultant and has trained and mentored technicians throughout his career. At Native Land Design, Steve’s experience provides support to the companies equipment and vehicle fleet.
He has a technical education through the Department of Transportation. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Austin with their dog Waffles.
Jose Ventura, Director of Operations
With more than 20 years of commercial landscaping experience, Jose manager multiple crews in his current role at Native Land Design. He started his career a crew leader in 1990, then moved up to roles such as Area Manager and Production Manager for TruGreen Landcare. Jose currently lives in the Houston area with his wife and children.
Sandra Leija, Client Relations Manager
Sandra began working in the landscaping industry in 2001, and gained significant experience working for TruGreen LandCare. Sandra’s role at Native Land Design balances responsibilities in operations, sales and management. She has been instrumental in establishing our branch in Mission, while providing management oversight in the valley.
Jose Udave, Account Manager
Jose Udave comes to Native with 10 years of experience in the landscape industry. He started in 2005 as a laborer then moved up to roles such as Crew Leader, Area Manager and Operations Manager. He currently lives in Humble, TX with his wife and two kids.
Todd Wilson, Irrigation Manager
Todd brings 30 years of irrigation experience to NLD. He started in 1985 as a foreman with Sugar Creek Homes. In 2010 Todd joined Native Land Design. He is a licensed irrigator and backflow prevention assembly tester. Todd lives in the Alief area of Houston with his wife, son and grandson.
Mariela Aguilar, Landscape Designer
Mariela earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design from Texas A&M University in 2016, where she studied commercial and residential design. Mariela has designed projects for TNLA organization's "Parks and Patio", Texas A&M University College of Ag Sciences, and various residential properties in the Bryan/College Station area.
Brenda Beltran, Business Development
Brenda joined Native in August 2017. She brings an extensive background in Property Management and Business Development and is responsible for developing new business for Native. She and her family are longtime residents of Pearland.
Philip Cross, Business Development
Philip comes to Native with 10+ years of landscape experience. He studied at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where he was a collegiate athlete as well. He started his career in Birmingham, AL as a Territory Sales Representative and worked his way up to Market Sales Manager. Philip relocated to Texas in 2009 and currently resides in the Houston area.
Nallely Jones, Account Manager
Nallely was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She has experience in customer relations, assisting executives, and marketing. In her hobbies, she enjoys reading and writing. Nallely lives in Mission with her daughter.