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.
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.