This is the 1st time I have sat down and thought about why I do what I do and thinking back to a very young age.
The fact is that even as a young boy I loved working in the family garden when we lived in Atlanta Georgia. I worked with my parents picking peas, beans, corn, pulling the weeds etc. This coupled with the fact that every morning I saw my Dad wake up and put on a suit and tie which now I call the “Money suit” even though I enjoy dressing up at times as I have grown older.
This love for the outdoors, growing plants and not having to wear a suit in the summers was deepen when I would go to Texas to my grandparents’ home town. I was very lucky and blessed all my grandparents lived in the same town. I was also blessed that both of my grandfathers had served in World war II and come home to have my parents. So, I could visit them in the summer months when school was out and they both have cattle farms, horses and businesses of sort that I helped with. So, when I was ten years old I learned how to drive the tractors and haul hay. It was awesome because they no longer had the square bails that I could not lift. I was learned how to drive the tractor after much persuasion on my part to my Mom’s dad. After this I learned from my Dad’s Dad how to run and drive a backhoe as he had a business hauling dirt and digging septic lines for new homes in Northeast Texas.
Colin L. Geraghty, MBA
Colin is the Chief Operating Officer at Environmental Landscape Solutions. With over 30 years experience in the construction industry, Mr. Geraghty has provided leadership in projects ranging from site development to public works and bio habitats. With an MBA and a proven track record of success, despite challenging economies, he has demonstrated his skill, innovation and insight time and time again. Mr. Geraghty’s special interest lies in human/environmental interactions and achieved training that helps him to impact those interactions in a positive way. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine and achieved advanced training to become a certified arborist, a licensed pesticide applicator, certified erosion sediment storm water inspector, and notary public. Mr. Geraghty was among the charter class of certified green gardeners.
Derek is the Vice President of Operations at Environmental Landscape Solutions. With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Derek has been focused on successfully building landscape, hardscape and civil projects for general contractors, homebuilders, public agencies and architects throughout the Greater Northern California Region. Derek has an extensive background in providing Value Engineering and Pre-Construction Services to landscape architects, civil engineers and our clients, in order to ensure that the projects we are involved with are completed on time and within budget.
Scott is the Business Development Manager for the company. In his spare time, he also manages the company Marketing and Custom/Build Division of ELS. Scott has been designing and installing custom outdoor living spaces for over 20 years. As the in-house Custom Designer, Scott can assist ELS clients with Design/Build projects, or in just creating incredible solutions to any outdoor landscape area. Scott developed his passion to create outdoor living spaces while earning his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis. Scott strives to help each of his clients by listening to their needs and helping them achieve solutions through a fun, efficient and effective ELS design/build process. In being a great listener who can think outside of the “box”, Scott can handle unexpected changes while staying focused on accomplishing a complete solution for your project.
Alfonso has 25 years experience in the landscape and construction industry. Alfonso has managed multiple, complex projects throughout the greater Northern California area. He prides himself in delivering projects on time and within budget while providing excellent customer service to all our clients. Alfonso has been a valued member of the ELS team for the past nine years.
Ramon Lara has been in the landscape and maintenance industry for over 29 years. During those years, Ramon has worked as an inside garden maintenance foreman, irrigation technician, landscape foreman, supervisor and project manager for both commercial and residential properties.