Fun Fact: Eagle Scout
Shawn founded A+ Lawn and Landscape, Inc in 1988. Shawn started in the lawn care industry at the early age of 10 years old, working for his mentor Denny Pennington. Denny was the owner of a ChemLawn Franchise. After college and moving up the career ladder at ChemLawn, Shawn decided to offer the community a full line of lawn and landscaping services. Shawn appreciates and understands that without his very dedicated co-workers, the company would not be what it is today.
Fun Fact: Loves to FIsh
Melanie Grew up in Dennison, IA and attended school in Omaha. She worked in child care before bringing her talents to A+. When she isn’t working Melanie enjoys spending time with her animals, vacationing with family in Florida, or just relaxing with her music.
Melanie and her team strive to provide our customers with a fantastic customer service experience and guide their questions to the appropriate expert.
Fun Fact: Avid Fly Fisherman
Aaron attended Ohio State University. He has worked in and around the green industry since 1997, most recently as the Assistant Superintendent at Echo Valley Country Club before joining A+ in 2014. Aaron is passionate about improving homes and properties through quality outdoor environments. He is certified in Iowa for turf, ornamental and aquatic chemical applications and is currently working towards his SIMA (Snow and Ice Management Association) Certification. Aaron is a firm believer that building strong personal relationships drives a positive long term business partnership. Aaron spends his free time hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with his kids
Fun Fact: Nicknamed after Radar from M.A.S.H
Chris “Radar” Jensen was hired in 1988, becoming the 1st employee hired at A+ Lawn and Landscape. Chris received his B.S. degree in Forest Management and Agronomy with a specialization in Soil Science from ISU. Along with this, he is also a certified arborist. His agricultural background has cultured a desire to help individuals with lawn care and landscape plantings. For the last 10 years, Chris has been an active member of the Iowa Professional Lawncare Association and within the last 3 years, he has become president of the association.
Casey has been working in the lawn care field since 1998, and 15 of those years have been with A+ Lawn and Landscape. He is a Des Moines native, attending East High school growing up. During his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and attending concerts.
Fun Fact: Hockey Fan
Deon came to A+ after 25+ years in the customer service industry, working at a management level for companies like Target, Hobby Lobby, and Hy-Vee. Deon is a driving force behind his employee’s excellent customer service. During his free time, Deon enjoys attending Iowa Wild Games and being outdoors.
Fun Fact: Enjoys Sprint Car Races
Darin started out with A+ Lawn and Landscape as a Lawn Care Specialist. He then moved into the Sales Department, becoming a Residential Sales Consultant. Darin has over 20 years of experience in the lawn care industry. His “customers 1st” mindset makes him A+’s leading sales consultant.
Fun Fact: Awarded a Show Choir Scholarship
Ethan’s passion for the turf industry started when he worked for a lawn care company during high school. After high school, Ethan attended ISU where he earned his B.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Turf Grass Management. During his time at ISU, he was on the crew that won the 2012 Collegiate Football Sports Field of the year. After graduating from college, Ethan worked for the Iowa Cubs Sports Field. He is also a certified Hunter Product Specialist.
Fun Fact: Grew up on a farm
Jim has over 20 years of experience in the lawn and landscaping industry. He has been working at A+ Lawn and Landscape since he graduated from Emporia State University in 1990. A+ has been his only employer.
Fun Fact: In Travis’ spare time he loves to Golf and go Boating
Travis has almost 20 years’ experience in the Green industry. Travis holds certifications 3OT for chemical applications. Travis has worked in various capacities A+ allowing him a distinct advantage in his new role as the Irrigation and Lighting Solution Specialist. Travis brings a unique passion to the table every day and will provide some outstanding solutions for his cutomers.
Fun Fact: Loves to go fishing
Ken moved to the Des Moines area in 1995 shortly after graduating from ISU. He studied Economics and Engineering in school while nurturing his passion for work in the green industry through internships and summer work. Ken is passionate about improving the quality and value of landscaping with the people he meets. The move to pursuing a full-time career in landscaping was a natural fit. Ken began working at A+ Lawn and Landscape in 2010, becoming a partner in the firm. He is a certified nurseryman and has served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Nursery & Landscape Association.
“Promoting positive community and relationships in landscaping”
Fun Fact: Wrestled for ISU
Cody graduated from ISU with a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Design with an emphasis in Horticulture and Design. While in college he worked for a landscape company where he worked his way to lead foreman. Cody’s passion for landscape comes from his love of the outdoors. Cody enjoys working with clients and designing their ideal landscape.
Fun Fact: Has scuba dived the Disney Epcot Aquarium
Rob has a degree in Landscape Architecture from ISU. His focus has been in the design-build industry in the Des Moines area for over 35 years. Along with working for companies in the design/build/retail markets, he owned his own business for many years. Rob has a passion for hardscaping areas. He believes “Designing outdoor experiences for clients is rewarding.” Along with his journey in the landscaping industry, Rob has been a member of the Citizens Design Committee for the redesign of the I-235 through Des Moines and the Windsor Heights University Redevelopment Committee and he has written articles for various local publications. Rob has pursued Masters Level design work with an interest in rain garden design and stormwater management.
Fun Fact: Makes model airplanes and tanks during the winter
Scott has been in the landscaping industry since he was in high school. He attended DMACC and obtained a degree in Horticulture. He has over 30 years of experience and has worked over 25 years at A+ Lawn and Landscape.
Fun Fact: Die Hard Cyclone & Chiefs Fan
Tom has been the Garden Center Manager at A+ Lawn and Landscape for over 9 years. He attended Lincoln University in Missouri for Agriculture. Tom has been in the green industry for over 40 years starting work as a field hand and working his way up to managing commercial gardens and retail centers. Tom is very knowledgeable and is a great resource for our customers and staff, making him a great asset to A+ Lawn and Landscape.
Fun Fact: Professional Fire Dancer
Abbey is a passionate plant lover that is here to help you pick your perfect companions. Abbey comes to A+ with 5 years of experience in the Green Industry and a lifetime of knowledge from farming. She graduated from the DMACC Horticulture program in 2013 with an emphasis in Garden Center management. She believes in the natural healing of plants from being outside in nature to ingesting herbal remedies. Stop by today and let Abbey help you create a peaceful and relaxing outdoor escape in your backyard!
Fun Fact: Was 3rd team All American out of high school and went on to be a catcher for Boston Red Sox.
Mark started with A+ Lawn and Landscape in 1991. Before starting at A+, Mark attended Arkansas Tech University on a Baseball Scholarship. While attending Arkansas Tech, Mark studied coaching and Physical Education. His passion for the outdoors came from growing up on a farm in Northwest Iowa in a small town by the name of Remsen. In 1995 Mark became a Managing Partner with A+ Lawn and Landscape and is driven to make the company successful.
Fun Fact: Certified home inspector
Robbie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Buena Vista University, and is currently working on his master’s in organizational leadership. Robbie has over 10 years’ experience in the lawn care field. In his free time, he enjoys being outside camping, kayaking, and coaching baseball.
Fun Fact: Has never missed a shot during Turkey Season
Jessica has over 10 years of experience in the Horticulture industry ranging from fieldwork to sales. She graduated from Kirkwood College with a degree in Garden Center Management with an emphasis in Horticulture. She is very detail-oriented and has a passion for working with clients and keeping their lawns and landscaping looking their best.
Fun Fact: Played collegiate soccer for Simpson College
Bailey attended Iowa State’s Master of Landscape Architecture Program, has a Bachelor of Science of Graphic Design and Environmental Science from Simpson College, and has worked within the green industry for 5+ years. She has held positions within the green industry ranging from Groundskeeping in Winter Park, Colorado to Land Management at White Rock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa. Bailey is passionate about building positive client relationships through honesty and care.
Fun Fact: Enjoys woodworking and building outdoor games
Chris was born and raised on north central Iowa farm. Moved to Ankeny in 2009. Chris has been working in the lawn care industry since 2010 and brought his experience to A+ in 2018. Besides his years of experience in landscaping and outdoor maintenance Chris also maintains a Level IV certification by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association. In his free time he enjoys working in his wood shop building a variety of outdoor games.
Fun Fact: Enjoys drawing and painting
Mike has always had a passion for the outdoors. He has been in the industry for over 15 years including owning his own landscaping company for many years. Mike started out at A+ in the Lawn Care Division as a lawn specialist before becoming the manager over the Water Care Division. He is certified in Iowa for turf, ornamental and aquatic chemical applications as well as being a certified service technician for Otterbine Fountains.