Our People in Landscaping Austin, Texas
Passionate professionalism. That is our mantra, and we only employ those who embody that philosophy in all that they do. From our talented and creative landscape designers, to our in-house construction teams, we are passionate about outdoor design and construction.
Meet the professionals that deliver dreams from Southern Landscape:
Blake Hearnsberger - Blake lives and breathes customer service, having managed exclusive, high-end resorts and facilities prior to serving as President of Southern Landscape. Blake has a BBA in Management from Texas A&M University, is a licensed pesticide applicator for the State of Texas. Blake and his wife, Leah, are proud parents of the next Derek Jeter and the next professional fisherwoman.
Jason Hearnsberger -With a background in commercial finance, Jason serves as Chief Financial Officer for the company. Jason received his BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Actively involved, he serves as Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 772, Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 772, and is a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church. Jason and his wife, Julie, are proud parents of three rambunctious boys.
Scott Cassel, RLA - Scott Cassel has a passion for design. A registered landscape architect, Scott possesses a decade of experience and oversees the design department within Southern Landscape, managing the production of drawings and estimates, project permitting, and customer relations. Prior to following his wife to Austin in 2011, Scott worked in Albuquerque, NM designing public and commercial landscapes, including city parks and plazas, streetscapes and educational facilities. Scott graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Master of Landscape Architecture, subsequently returning as an adjunct professor in the graduate program to teach construction documentation and detailing and drafting. Scott and his wife recently added a beautiful baby girl to the Cassel household!
Ross Kloosterhuis - Ross has spent the last several years designing landscapes in the Austin area, and enjoys creating spaces for outdoor enjoyment. A native of Tennessee, where his landscaping career began behind a mower, Ross studied Horticulture at Andrews University in Michigan before relocating to Texas. He is a versatile designer, with interest and experience in both formal gardens and naturalistic design.
Ross and his wife, Noreen, have a young son with whom they like to share the outdoors.
Kayln Mitchell - With a background in landscape architecture, Kayln is an experienced designer and graduate of Texas A&M. She earned her degree in Horticulture with a minor in Art & Architectural History. Kayln brings a fresh eye for design and an interest in sustainability and native design. She previously interned with Southern Landscape.
Kayln and her dog, Milo, can often be found in on the running paths of Austin and enjoying the Central Texas outdoors.
Darron Jamail - Darron serves as Construction Manager for Southern Landscape, as he has for the past 33 years. Darron has built every style of outdoor project known to man, and his expertise in construction is a huge asset to the company and our clients. Darron and his wife, Joy, spend countless hours chasing the kids and grandkids from football game to soccer field, and everywhere in between.
Ross Mayo - Ross brings a wealth of construction knowledge to Southern Landscape, having previously managed projects ranging from restaurant buildouts, to TXDOT roadway projects, to single and multi-family residences.
When not chasing their two young sons, Ross and his wife, Melissa, enjoy golfing and fishing in Central Texas.
Shannon Connelly - Shannon is the engine that makes Southern Landscape run and the friendly voice on the end of the phone. Shannon has been with Southern Landscape for almost 3 years. Born and raised in Austin, Shannon and her husband, Jamie, surround themselves with their two children and extended family. When you call the office, rest assured that Shannon will take great care of you.