Meet The Team

Ken Thomas, Envisor Consulting

Ken Thomas

Ken started his first business, Landscape Techniques, fresh out of college with $1,000 and a pickup truck. He grew the company to $5million before selling to TruGreen/LandCare in 1998.

Ken purchased Scapes Group Landscape which grew to $17million and was ranked as one of the top 100 landscape companies in America. Scapes was acquired by ValleyCrest Landscape in 2007. Ken spent 3 years in leadership at ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance as the Commercial Sales Leader for the SE United States.

Ken and his good friend and industry leader, Ben Gandy, started Envisor Consulting in 2011.

Ken was a long-standing member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and past president of the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA). Ken is a national speaker and contributing writer for Landscape Management and other industry magazines.

During his 30+-year career, Ken has learned the best practices and systems of thriving landscape operations.

“Success doesn’t come from hard work and intelligence alone. It comes from doing the right things at the right time.”

Ben Gandy, Envisor Consulting

Ben Gandy

Ben has developed operating systems and implemented key strategies that have propelled several businesses to profitability, market leadership, and successful transitions including Scapes Landscape, one of the top 100 companies in the US.

Ben’s lean production expertise is unparalleled, having spent several years working with the nation’s largest landscape provider deploying their lean initiatives on a national level. He has been to virtually every landscape market in the US implementing lean on a cultural and practical level.

A longtime member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), Ben has a down to earth, practical approach. He is committed to simple solutions that drive results.

With a passion for operations, systems based management strategies, and lean thinking, Ben is positioned to guide others in pursuit of their vision.

“Anyone can make things more complicated, the real genius is in making things simple. Complex solutions are hard to communicate, implement or sustain. Only simple solutions work.”

Tim McColgan

Timothy McColgan

Tim is an operator with 30 years of practical Field and Business Leadership experience.

He has consulted for high profile brands Including Trump properties and Gaylord Hotels where his guidance has produced systems, processes and operational development in ways that set these brands apart.

Tim has taken over leadership of multiple dysfunctional, losing business units and led these branches to highly functional, respected and profitable businesses within two years. His branches routinely lead the region and ranked among the best performers in the nation In the ValleyCrest / Bright View organization.
His ability to lead, coach and develop teams is second to none.

Tim serves on the advisory board for Palm Beach State College of Horticulture, has served Advisory Board for the University of Florida School of Horticulture, and volunteers for Teaching Applied Horticulture through Florida Orange County Math Magnet Program and the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue Advisory.

Brent Loescher

Brent has spent more than 20 years serving in an executive leadership capacity with a focus on improving operations within high-speed manufacturing, warehousing and landscape services industries. This experience included leading a team focused on operational excellence and productivity training within the world’s largest commercial landscape organization.

Brent received his formal Toyota Production System training while working for Toyota Motor Sales in their North American Parts Operations. While with Toyota, he was responsible for operational design of two new warehouses built in Puerto Rico and Mexico City. A certified TPS trainer, he developed strategic warehouse design standards, and was the Toyota Customer Service Diversity Champion Coordinator, authoring a TMS cultural assessment tool.

He helped develop a LEAN program for the landscape maintenance industry, implementing and evolving this continuous improvement program across 160+ businesses across the country. This effort realized a productivity improvement of 20% over 5 years. Leading the team, he partnered with senior executives and led local and regional kaizen efforts focused on improving the Safety, Quality and Efficiency of work.

Brent has a BA in Business Management from Mercyhurst University and is a retired military veteran, serving 21 years in the US Army.

Jessica Artt

With a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Florida, Jessica taught 7th grade social studies for one year in Charlotte. Realizing she didn’t have the genetic make-up to teach, she called her mom, who was the #1 Business Developer in the nation year over year for the largest landscape company, ValleyCrest, and asked if she could help Jessica get an interview.

Jess landed the job in Atlanta where she worked as a business developer for the next 5 years. She ranked in the top 5 nationally in sales three times and achieved the million-dollar club every year. Feeling as though she was ready for the next step in her career, she then accepted a position as Associate Area Sales Manager with Cutera, an aesthetic laser company in the medical device market.

Jess worked under an Area Sales Manager for 5 months, finding opportunities and bringing her manager in to present, when she was promoted to the position herself and subsequently continued to uncover opportunities in the southeast region. She then took some time off for maternity leave, but when she came back, she hired a person to work as her Associate Area Sales Manager. She made the not-so-difficult decision to stay home to raise her son, Canaan and has since had a second child, Evie.

Jessica is passionate about ending homelessness and has spent her spare time teaching classes at the Atlanta Day Shelter through Atlanta Mission

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