CORPORATE TEAM

Dennis Dautel | CEO

Dennis is a recognized leader in the landscaping industry, with an outstanding track record of success spanning almost a quarter of a century. He was the founder and CEO of Clean Cut, Inc., which became part of LandCare. After growing Clean Cut to one of the largest companies of its type, with success based in large part on its unique style of management and client satisfaction programs, Clean Cut became the largest landscape maintenance subsidiary of LandCare after it went public on the NYSE. Dennis is also Co-Founder and past CEO of faithHighway, which produced and licensed television commercials to churches around the world which have been seen by tens of millions of viewers over a decade, as well as providing technology services and applications used by over ten thousand church and ministries clients across the USA. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Kansas State University, as well as completing the “Birthing of Giants” graduate program at MIT. He is a four-time finalist of Inc. Magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award; his companies have been the recipient of more than 70 state and national Environmental Improvement Awards and have appeared on Inc’s list of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Dennis currently serves on the Economic Board of Advisors at Kansas State University and has served as President of the Austin (TX) Chapter of Young Entrepreneurs, past member of the Young Presidents Organization and served Big Brothers for seven years. He also served the Texas Association of Landscape Contractors and Member of Associated Landscape Contractors of America, and Mission America Coalition. Dennis is a private pilot, and is married with four children.

Spencer Carlton | President/CFO

In a career that spans over 20 years, Spencer has used his entrepreneurial experience and business acumen in a broad array of industries and markets throughout the world, including business ownership, senior management, and consultancy. He has held leadership roles with well-known organizations including Arthur Young & Company, Dell Computer and Ross Technology (a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor). Additionally, Spencer’s merger and acquisition experiences have afforded him leadership roles in numerous privately held companies.  Spencer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Texas, and he is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served as director of numerous business and not-for-profit boards and committees, including those of the American Heart Association Austin, Caritas, the Westwood Country Club, and St. Michael’s Catholic Academy.  He has also been active in numerous organizations including the Rotary Club, Boy Scouts (Troops 399), the Young Presidents Organization, and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce to name a few.

Daniel Stagg | Regional Vice President South East

Daniel has enjoyed a career in the Green Industry for over 22 years. He first started working as a greenskeeper and spray technician on a golf course in North Central Florida.  He eventually started his own landscape design, installation and maintenance business which he operated for over 11 years.

After selling his business he progressed into leadership roles with a couple of national companies.  Through small business ownership and Commercial Landscaping, he cultivated his passion for team and individual development bringing success for businesses, team members and providing superior service to his customers. Daniel says he is excited to be part of the LUSA family and looks forward to helping grow our business, developing teams and serving our customers while providing beautiful and enjoyable landscapes.

He has a passion for outreach and helping others, be it through his local church, community or with friends and family.  He is an avid outdoorsman and proud husband.

Jerry L. DeJournett, ASLA | Vice President West Coast

Jerry has a passion for and has thoroughly enjoyed being in the landscape maintenance and construction management industry for over 26 years. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Idaho. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a licensed Landscape Architect and Landscape Contractor in Oregon, and is a Certified Rainbird Maxicom Technician/Programmer. Additionally, Jerry has been on the Advisory Board for Clover Park Community College’s Horticulture Department and Portland Community College of Landscape Technology, as well as being a member of multiple landscaping associations.

Jerry started his landscaping career as a Landscape Architect in 1993. Since then he has held a variety of positions including Region Manager & Division Sales Manager for four years at TruGreen Landcare, Northwest Acquisition Leader & San Diego Region Manager for three years at Valley Crest Landscape Maintenance, and Director of Maintenance Operations Washington and Oregon for three years at Teufel Landscape and Nursery.

Jerry has a nineteen-year-old son who is going to post graduate school in Boise, Idaho. Jerry is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast who loves to hike, fish, golf, mountain bike, and ski. He is originally from Southeast Idaho, but his two sisters, their families, and his parents live in the Boise, Idaho area now. Jerry loves going back to Idaho to ski and fish the mountains and rivers of central Idaho with his family.

Michael F.X. O’Connell | Vice President National Sales

Michael is a veteran when it comes to sales.  Over thirty years in sales, with twenty of those years in senior/executive sales leadership roles in a variety of industries.   The last eight years of his career has been in sales leadership roles in the landscaping industry at BrightView/ValleyCrest.

Michael’s experience and success includes building infrastructures required for growth, assembling high-caliber sales teams, developing go-to-market sales strategies, analyzing sales data, implementing systems/tools/processes, and excelling at mentoring and nurturing the next generation of business leaders.  Though he is an experienced and proven sales leader, Michael is very in tune with and knowledgeable of the many aspects of operations in B2B service industries; especially in landscaping.

Michael is a life-long learner who is passionate about building, leading, and motivating individuals and teams to reach their full potential, and it is through his conscious commitment to Servant Leadership that he promotes continuous improvement in himself and others to achieve the best.  He holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Jacqui Stenglin | Human Resources Manager

Jacqui brings a very diverse background and experience to her role as Human Resources Manager at Landscapes USA. During her fifteen-year career, she has been responsible for managing personnel, information systems, finance and safety programs, as well as providing bi-lingual translation services, giving her a well-rounded view on the various aspects required of successful qualified employees. Jacqui holds a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and International Business Magna Cum Laude from Gannon University. She has two children, is actively involved as a volunteer at their school, and also teaches Sunday School.

Nancy Achilles | Controller

Nancy has over fifteen years’ experience in senior finance management positions, with over ten years’ experience as corporate controller. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from St. Mary’s University, and has been an active member of the Builders Owners Management Association, IFMA, and Chaparral Women’s Organization. She is married and has two children, and is active in Sunday School, PTA and Girl Scouts.

Kiki Benson | Controller

With over 20 years of experience in a diverse range of industries, Kiki has held various financial and accounting roles, spanning the scope of responsibilities from analyst to Controller positions. She holds a BS in Health Science &Accounting and a MBA with Finance/Accounting Emphasis from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, she is the founder and director of Austin’s only Greek Language Program.

Heath Deen | Sales

Heath joined the team in 2005. He has spent many years before in a sales position, sales management, and business development for both medium and large companies. He is involved with martial arts, community outreach programs and his church. He is a graduate of ORU University and also holds an MBA. Heath and his wife have two wonderful little boys.

Josh Dautel | Business Analyst

Josh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clemson University with a BS in Economics. He is highly skilled in mathematics, enjoys leveraging his analytical capabilities with technology to find solutions, and to create efficiencies in the work place. Josh has a solid background working in Econometrics through Stata as well as Data Analysis via Python, and financial modeling including DCFs, M&A analysis, and LBOs.

Josh joined LUSA shortly after graduating in May of 2016. His responsibilities mainly consist of assisting in acquisitions and investment analysis. His acquisition role is to find, analyze, and help price deals, with his primary focus being on ‘tuck-ins’ to merge into LUSA’s existing operations. The projects he is given are comprised of cost benefit analysis, optimization, and finding strategically beneficial alternatives to help grow and make more efficient the business. He is driven, ready to learn, and works hard to better the company, himself, and those around him both personally and professionally.

Josh is not married yet but will be soon. Outside of work he enjoys relaxing with friends, playing basketball, and spending time with his family and dog.

Vicky Whisenant | Communication & Project Specialist / Career Development Specialist

Vicky’s focus is on project coordination for any project involving internal or external communication. She manages LUSA’s ongoing social media strategy, company-wide career development initiative, and high school and college recruiting efforts. Vicky facilitates and moderates various meetings for internal brand building and training, creates marketing and sales reports to improve strategies and identify areas for improvement, and maintains brand awareness and works to build online ratings.

Vicky holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has over eleven years of experience in communication, including: editing, writing, social media management, and website content creation and management. Vicky and her husband, Justin, have been married since 2005 and have three children. They both work out of their home in Wyoming and enjoy adventuring in wild places.