Meet our landscaping experts
Scott Arnold - Operations Manager
Scott Arnold joined Patio Town in 2001, while earning a Landscape Design and Construction degree at Hennepin Technical College. As his responsibilities grew, he earned a promotion to store manager and then to his current role as operations manager at Villa Landscapes. Scott draws on his experience working with both retail customers and landscape contractors. "I really enjoyed working with homeowners and helping them from start to finish," said Scott. "As operations manager, I work more behind the scenes with our designers and contractors to make sure that the customer has the best possible experience working with us." Scott lives with his wife, Megan, and three sons in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and they enjoy fishing, canoeing and spending time outdoors.
Andy Lofboom - Landscape Designer
Born in a family of landscapers, Andy started landscaping at age 15. He went on to get a degree in environmental design from the University of Minnesota. With more than a decade of hands-on experience, he brings an impressive array of design/installation talents to the Villa Landscapes. Andy’s portfolio includes stunning hardscape designs, outdoor kitchens, spas and other outdoor living areas. He has an eye for integrating elements—paver patios, retaining walls, freestanding columns, stairs, walkways, gardens, pergolas and water features—into a cohesive landscape design. Andy has won landscape awards from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and is certified by ICPI and the National Concrete Masonry Association.
Kelly O'Donahue - Landscape Designer
From full yard designs to specialty gardens, patios, retaining walls, fire pits and water features, Kelly can bring your vision to life with a landscape suitable for our northern climate. In addition to her landscape design skills, Kelly brings a green thumb to Villa Landscapes. She has a degree in Landscape Design and Construction with an emphasis in horticulture from Hennepin Technical College. Kelly also is a Certified Professional with the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association and a University of Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardner. Kelly puts her horticultural skills to work as a U of M Tree Care Advisor and a member of the advisory council for the Muriel Sahlin Arboretum in Roseville. She's the go-to person at Villa Landscapes for questions about plantings, trees or shrubs.
Lonny Sekeres - Landscape Designer
Lonny has a wide range of landscape design skills as a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Design and minor in horticultural design. Lonny formerly managed the residential landscape division of a landscape and garden center, where he honed his skills and developed a passion for working with homeowners. He knows the landscaping process from conception to design and through installation and completion, and he treats each project as if it were his own. He specializes in low-maintenance landscaping and particularly enjoys adding curb appeal to homes through front-entry makeovers. Lonny uses a variety of design software to turn his clients’ dreams into reality and offer them options in hardscapes and plantings.
Rachel Runge - Landscape Designer
Rachel enjoys transforming client’s wants and needs into aesthetically pleasing landscapes. She excels at interpreting homeowner’s ideas into welcoming and functional landscapes, often creating one-of-a-kind spaces using unique and innovative materials, perennials, shrubs and trees. “It’s important to listen carefully to the client, and I always ask a series of questions so they can be involved in the creative process,” says Rachel. “For example, some may want to incorporate pet-friendly areas in their landscape, and some may want to minimize or eliminate maintenance." Rachel has a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from South Dakota State University, has taken ROTC leadership courses, and is an MNLA certified professional.
Greg Smedstad - Landscape Superindendent
Greg is one of the field superintendents for Villa Landscapes. He has more than 25 years in landscaping, including owning a company and working as a lead foreman at a landscape company. Greg has experience with many landscaping products, including VERSA-LOK retaining wall systems and Willow Creek Paving Stones. “This is a great fit for me because I’ve worked with many customers and landscaping professionals using different products, from simple to complex designs,” Greg says. “I’ve worked along the landscaping spectrum, from sales and accounting to design to installation.” Greg attended St. Cloud State University and lives with his fiancée, Ellen, their dog Izzy, and three crazy, cool cats. He is a freelance writer in his spare time.
Lisa Jorgenson - Office Manager
Lisa Jorgenson is the office manager for Villa Landscapes. She has an excellent track record in all facets of administration, with experience in various industries throughout her career. Lisa’s most recent position was as an office coordinator with responsibilities in accounting and finance. "I am excited to work with customers in creating outdoor living spaces,” she said. “Villa’s commitment to customer satisfaction sets them apart, and I am proud to be a part of the team." Lisa’s hobbies include snowmobiling, hunting, boating and other outdoor activities. She and her husband, Wade, live in western Wisconsin and have two adult sons, William and Jacob, and a grandson, Hunter. Lisa and Wade enjoy good BBQ, concerts and boating on the St. Croix River.
Chris Loerts - Field Superintendent
Originally from rural Iowa, Chris Loerts spent much of his youth outdoors working side-by-side with his father on a multi-property homeowner association. A Midwestern work ethic along with his outdoor roots eventually took him to Ketchikan, Alaska, in 2007 to work as a zip-line tour guide. In 2012, Chris moved to Rhode Island to work for a small tree removal business until finally finding his niche in central New York, doing residential and commercial landscaping and hardscaping. In 2014, he decided to move to Minnesota as to be closer to family and friends. He began working as an assistant manager at the Patio Town store in Oakdale and then became manager at the VERSA-LOK Contractor Sales Yard, where he enjoyed working with homeowners and contractors on their projects. When a position opened up as a field superintendent for Villa Landscapes, he jumped at the opportunity to have even more involvement creating dream yards. Chris lives in White Bear Lake and stays busy working on an array of stone, paver, carpentry, sculpture and home projects.
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