Ryan Kinart

Ryan was born and raised in Ames. He's been a Landscape business owner for over 20 years. He sold a previous Landscape & Lawn care company and founded Distinctive Landscapes in 2013.

Landscape Architects

George Guernsey

George is our in-house Landscape Architect. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2001 and held professional licenses in multiple states.

Lighting Technician,

Jay Ollila

Jay has been with us for 3 years. He installs our Kichler lighting systems and is head Supervisor of our maintenance duties at the Iowa State University Research Park.

Operations Manager

Dillon Spensley

Dillon graduated from Kirkwood Community College with an Associates Degree in Landscape Constructions. He has 8 years of landscaping field experience and now helps manage day-to-day operations.

Landscape Maintenance Supervisor

Brandy Burak

Brandy has been with us since 2018. She specializes in Enhancing and maintaining existing landscapes. She is also a Certified Chemical Applicator.

Lead Foreman

Nathan Vanderschaaf

Nathan has over 15 years landscaping experience. His dedication to delivering a high quality product, no doubt, makes him one of the best hardscapers in the area. 

Crew Leader

Justin Kirton

Justin has been with us since the fall of 2017. He has many years of experience working construction and heavy equipment operation.

Crew Leader

Michael Ylonen

Michael has been with us since the fall of 2018, starting as crew member, but has quickly rose to a crew leader due to his hard work and eagerness to learn new skills.

Lead Shop Dog (retired)


Lilly is 13 years old. She is retired but still makes her presence known at the shop by barking anytime she feels she deserves a treat. Lilly is very friendly and enjoys napping on her dog bed.

Shop Dog


Ava was born in 2018. Her duties include greeting visitors at the door and boosting morale. Eva is very friendly and enjoys head scratches and getting into things she isn't supposed to.