Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Matt Hiner
Hiner Outdoor Living, Colorado Springs

Matt Hiner founded Hiner Landscapes, now Hiner Outdoor Living, in 2007 and has been an active ALCC member, serving on the Southern Chapter leadership committee. His work to develop and implement 3D design tools for landscaping earned him The ELITE Award for Innovation in 2016.
 
Matt lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and business partner Melissa and their children.

VICE PRESIDENT

Michael Moore
Diggable Designs Landscape Construction, Denver

Mike is the CEO and one of the owners of Diggable Designs. Mike's interest in landscaping starting with the hands-on experience of working as a laborer for a small, design-build firm on summers throughout college. This experience turned Mike's education towards a bachelor's degree in Nursery and Landscape Management from CSU in which he graduated in 2005.

After working his way through the ranks to foreman, followed a two-year stint as a superintendent for a commercial landscape company in California's Bay Area, Mike returned home to Colorado and co-founded Diggable Designs in 2010 with his wife, Jessica, and his childhood friend, Dylan. Since getting Diggable off the ground, Mike's focus has shifted from sales and estimating towards building a strong team and enhancing systems to forge an enduring business model.

Mike and his team enjoy a productive relationship with ALCC. Mike has been an active participant in planning and implementing the Denver Chapter's Day of Service projects since 2013, earning him the ALCC Outlook Emerging Leader Award in 2015.

Mike enjoys spending time with his young family and performing as frontman in a local band, Weather Big Storm.

PAST PRESIDENT

Mike Ransom
Lifescape Colorado, Denver

Mike Ransom’s love of the outdoors and creating things with his own hands led him earn a bachelor’s degree in landscape design and construction at CSU. Twenty years later, he still enjoys the same things. He has worked in almost every role available in the green industry, from laborer and foreman to designer and salesman to business owner. Whether he is working on installing and maintaining beautiful landscapes or developing software to make the process more efficient, Mike’s focus is on defining quality and industry best practices, providing customers with exceptional landscapes.

When away from work, Mike enjoys time with his wife and two kids who also enjoy all things outdoors. They like to go camping and fishing or just for a walk to the park.

SECRETARY/TREASURER

TO BE ANNOUNCED

At-Large Directors

Brian Carlson
Green Landscape Solutions LLC, Boulder

Brian is the owner and CEO of Green Landscape Solutions. In 1995 Brian and his father co-founded a small irrigation company. While working with his Dad, Brian's love of nature, combined with his love of art and building, led him to his true calling--the design and creation of beautiful outdoor spaces. He founded Green Landscape Solutions in 2002 and has been doing what he loves ever since.

He and his wife Kelly live on a small farm with their son Kian and their daughter Violet. In his free time, Brian loves to spend time in the outdoors hiking, backpacking, and growing vegetables.

Luis Estrada
CoCal

Luis works as a Senior Account Manager at CoCal Landscape Service. 18 years ago he fell in Love with the green industry. Luis has been in various facets of the industry (irrigation tech, supervisor, account manager, snow removal). He currently holds the CLT certification in maintenance and a Qualify supervisor license  through the CDA.  He also helps with the CLT Certification program and currently is on the CALCP board. 

One of Luis’s goals is to be able to help the Hispanic community with training in the Landscape industry.

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n his time off Luis loves finding outdoor adventures to enjoy with his family! 

Zak George
Zak George Landscaping, Fort Collins

Zak grew up on a farm east of Colorado Springs where his family raised animals and were very active in their local 4-H club. He has been in the landscape industry for over 20 years. After graduating from Colorado State University and spending a year traveling, looking for that perfect career, it was then in 2005 that ZGL was born. Zak started the company with just a vision and a few tools to get his new business going. Through constant training and ongoing industry education, Zak and his team have led the company to become one of the best.  Zak is highly involved in the green industry from the local chapter of Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, to sitting on water boards, mentoring and from time to time you will even catch him at speaking events about the industry. Zak enjoys being an active member of the community as he feels it is an important part of how ZGL is “a local business you can trust”.

Zak and his wife Robben have been married since 2007 and have 2 young boys, Holden and Bo, along with a few rescue pups. Together they enjoy finding new adventures as a family, traveling to places off the beaten path and searching for the world’s best churro.

Daniel Grange
BrightView Landscaping

Dan was raised in Colorado and cut his teeth in the industry working for two retired school teachers during high school summers.  After graduating from Brigham Young University-Provo with a degree in Landscape Management he spent three years working for a residential design build firm in Connecticut.  He jumped at the chance to return to Colorado and work for ValleyCrest (now BrightView).  He has held many roles in the company from estimator to project engineer to full-time recruiter.  In addition to his passion for plants and construction, he has developed an excitement for introducing people to the landscaping profession.  Dan has enjoyed his time working with ALCC to develop the Colorado workforce.

When he’s not at work, Dan loves to spend time with his wife and active children and backpacking through the mountains of Colorado.

Cindy McCord
Bloom Floralscapes, Denver

Cindy is president and owner of Bloom Floralscapes in Denver.  Cindy moved to Colorado in 2002, after growing up in the industry and spending several years in progressive roles at her family’s Dallas-based landscape business. During her tenure there, Cindy she maintained a commercial portfolio of more than 150 properties in excess of $2 million in contract value. She developed the in-house color program with on-site greenhouse operations to provide customers with the best plant material while cutting costs for customers’ budgets. 

Cindy’s exposure to commercial maintenance and construction gives her the ability to see the details of a project from a long-term perspective. Landscapes are a dynamic and ever-changing environment that must be approached with respect to the surrounding location, usage, environmental elements, and budget.  Cindy has always had a love of the outdoors and design. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University.
 

Phil Steinhauer
Designscapes Colorado, Denver

Phil Steinhauer is CEO and owner of Designscapes Colorado, an award-winning landscape design firm in Denver. Although not a native of Colorado, Steinhauer has deep roots in the state. His great grandfather was one of Colorado’s first settlers, and his grandfather was Director of Mountain Parks. Steinhauer received a B.S. in landscape design from Colorado State University. He moved to the Northeast to start his career, but in the early nineties he returned to Colorado and founded Deisgnscapes Colorado. 

Steinhauer is one of the visionaries behind ALCC’s Sustainable Landscape Partners program. In addition to being a member of the task force, which developed the program, he has written curriculum to train landscape professionals, hosted meetings at his business, and openly shared his vision and knowledge about sustainable industry practices with other landscape companies. For his efforts, he was awarded ALCC's John Garvey Person of the Year Award in 2015.

Brian Levins
Arrowhead Landscape