Meet the Native Land Design Team



Ben Collinsworth, CEO

Ben began his commercial landscaping career in 1999, but started mowing lawns in 1989 as a 13-year-old in the Dallas area. After founding Native Land Design in 2001, Ben has continued to be actively involved in the company's growth and development. Ben earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He has proven to be an active member of the landscape and professional communities with involvement in multiple organizations; including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Community Association Institute (CAI), National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), as well as sitting on several industry, business and educational boards. Ben and his wife Barbie recently had a section of the Texas A&M University Gardens named in their honor to help teach gardening to future generations. Ben and his wife currently live in the Cedar Park area with their three children.

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 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 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 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 wife Keri and two daughters.


Jennifer Smith, Administrative Assistant/Human Resources

In Jennifer’s administrative role at Native, 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.

Matt Davis, Estimating/Design

Matt joined Native 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.

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Emily Pridgeon, Account Manager

Emily graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Horticulture and has been in the industry for almost 13 years. She has been a commercial landscape account manager for 7 years, and enjoys the variety that each work day brings. Emily is also a licensed irrigation technician and certified Grow Green landscape professional. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, camping and reading. Emily lives in Georgetown with her husband and several well-loved pets.

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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.


Sandra Leija, Regional Manager

Sandra began working in the landscaping industry in 2001, and gained significant experience working for TruGreen LandCare. Sandra’s role at Native 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 Ventura, Director of Operations - South

With more than 20 years of commercial landscaping experience, Jose manager multiple crews in his current role at Native. 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.

Jose Udave, Director of Operations - North

Jose came 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.

Velter Mendoza, Account Manager

Velter worked in agriculture growing up in El Salvador. At age 18 he came to the US and began work in the landscaping industry and worked his way up from a laborer to Crew Leader to Account Manager. Velter’s current role fits his passion for serving others. Velter currently lives in Houston and enjoys serving his local church community.

Todd Wilson, Irrigation Manager - North

Todd brings 30 years of irrigation experience to Native.  He started in 1985 as a foreman with Sugar Creek Homes. In 2010 Todd joined Native. He is a licensed irrigator and backflow prevention assembly tester. Todd lives in the Alief area of Houston with his wife, son and grandson.



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