mark richards- President

Mark Richards

President

Mark is an industry professional with over 35 years of experience, 16 of which he spent with The Brickman Group (now Brightview). There he contributed to several of their numerous national landscape awards. In 1994, he initiated the strategic plan and start-up of Brickman’s Texas Division, which he developed and led for eight years, growing the DFW, Austin and Houston markets.  Included among some of their major projects were Alliance (Hillwood), Solana, Shops at Legacy, EDS, and Del Webb (Georgetown). The Texas region grew to become one of the largest and most successful divisions of the company.

Mark founded Woodlake Outdoor in 2003 to service an exclusive clientele in DFW and since has expanded to Austin and surrounding areas.

For fun, he played rugby until he aged out but has since started to play the violin, it seemed a natural transition.

University of Arkansas
BS: IPM/Horticulture  Minor: Business Administration

Southern Methodist University (SMU)
Entrepreneurial Program

kevin Bardsley- woodlake outdoor

Kevin Bardsley

Director of Operations

Kevin is an industry professional with over 15 years of landscape experience and has worked extensively in the North Texas market. He spent 7 years with The Brickman Group managing The Las Colinas Association landscape maintenance as well as various commercial corporate campuses. He joined Woodlake Outdoor in 2013 and heads the landscape division, and provides leadership for select hardscape projects,  in North Texas and surrounding area.

For fun, he enjoys fishing and boating on the weekends.

Stephen F. Austin State University
BS: Business Administration  Minor: Horticulture

Carrie Boehmer- woodlake door

Carrie Boehmer

Director of Administration

Carrie has over 25 years of experience working in accounting and bookkeeping in various industries in both the for-profit and non-profit sector. Her love for accounting started early in the manufacturing industry. That challenge and the good fortune of working with CFO’s, CEO’s and Accountants who were willing to teach her everything they knew opened up a niche and a career. Carrie joined the staff of Woodlake Outdoor in 2012 to focus on the administrative, bookkeeping and accounting aspects of the business.

She loves the beauty of the outdoors and time spent with family and friends.

Concordia St. Paul

Rancho Santiago College, CA

Paul Clute- director of operations

Paul Clute

Director of Operations

Paul is an industry professional with over 30 years in commercial landscape construction and nurseryman experience in the Midwest and Central Texas. In his previous role as a vice-president of landscape construction, he managed large projects including the Cerner headquarters, Federal Reserve building, World Food Prize and NASCAR speedway in Kansas City.He is a native Texan who relocated to Austin several years ago with his family. He joined Woodlake Outdoor in 2017 and heads the Austin/Central Texas division.In his spare time, Paul enjoys cooking, hunting and RVing.

Justin Mikara- director of operations

Justin Mikara

Director of Operations

Justin has 30 years of industry experience in construction management. He is experienced in stone and brick masonry, concrete and stucco, as well as, flooring materials especially granite and stone. He is a Kiwi (New Zealander) with a keen eye for detail. He joined Woodlake in 2009 and works extensively with clients and oversees projects in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

For fun, he likes to mountain bike, kayak and camp with his wife, 2 teenagers and rescue dog. He’s also a beekeeper and master juggler. He’s a relentless overachiever, and is able to cook 2 minute noodles in just under 1min40!

Certified Mountain Bike Trail Builder

Joe Feather- project manager

Joe Feather

Project Manager

Joe is an industry professional with over 40 years of landscape and irrigation experience. He has worked in North Texas as a horticultural consultant, landscape irrigation designer, landscape account manager, and engineering technician. He has a broad range of landscape design, management and installation accomplishments which includes design of LEED qualification. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member for North Central Texas College, teaching horticulture classes including: Landscape Design, Introductory Irrigation, and Woody/Herbaceous Plant Identification.

Joe enjoys motorcycle riding with his family, beekeeping, and shooting at the range.

Texas A&M University
BS: Horticulture

State of Texas Licensed Irrigator

Justin Novosad- project manager

Justin Novosad

Project Manager

Justin has been in the Landscape industry for 16 years. He has experience working in multiple locales and climates in Texas. He has worked in residential and commercial landscape, entering the field as an irrigation laborer. After graduation, he moved to the DFW area to pursue his career in Landscape Management & Development. His first opportunity was at Landscape Expressions where he helped develop the company  which doubled in size during his 3 years there. Then he joined Metheny Landscape Management as they were purchased by The Brickman Group (now BrightView). During his 4-year tenure at Brightview, he managed a portfolio of some award-winning properties throughout the Metroplex.

During his free time Justin played soccer till his knee no longer allowed it. He also enjoys hunting, car shows, and many other outdoor activities.

Texas Tech University
BS: Landscape Architecture

Tom Fischer - production manager

Tom Fischer

Production Manager

Tom has been in the landscape industry for 30 years. From an early age, he worked on his family’s produce farm in Wisconsin. He eventually found his way to Texas and for 12 years he managed an irrigation supply company branch in Texas. His love for outdoor environments drew him back to the field of landscape, where he has been since.

For fun, he likes to fish, kayak, mountain bike and run.

Texas Licensed Irrigator

Laura Degan- branch administrator

Laura Degan

Branch Administrator

Laura has provided business accounting and management support at various firms for over 10 years. She recently transitioned from the electrical parts distribution service industry to the construction /landscape industry. Laura began working for Woodlake Outdoor based in the Denton/Aubrey area in 2016 as a part time employee while she finished her degree in accounting, and she since has joined full time post graduation. She works with the North Texas management teams as well as assists on Corporate projects.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

Texas Woman’s University – Denton, TX
BS: Accounting Minor: Business Administration

Roberto Ortega- production manager

Roberto Ortega

Production Manager

Roberto has 15 years of experience in the landscape industry and specializes in large-scale commercial landscape construction. In 2014, he sold his own landscape business, and joined The Brickman Group to assist with their development projects overseeing landscape installation on some of DFW’s largest commercial projects. As Brickman and Valleycrest merged into Brightview Landscape Companies, Roberto was assigned to supervise the installation of Facebook’s first full scale landscape at their large data facility in Ft. Worth. Roberto joined Woodlake Outdoor in 2017 to assist with the continued growth of commercial development in the DFW area.

In his free time Roberto can be found fishing, and enjoys the less serious side of life as a member of a local Latin jazz/salsa band.

University of Texas – Arlington