From Mowing Lawns to Managing Commercial Landscapes
As we look back to the beginning of this journey, we find it hard to believe where we’ve arrived today. Who would have predicted that a business started with a mower and a moped would survive to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary? Some would say that our survival is a tribute to our hard work. Others might point to luck.
Our clients have told us that they believe that Perficut is simply a different kind of company - an enterprise fueled by progressive spirit and managed with a level of passion that is uncommon in our industry. But we believe that’s just one part of the equation. Our roots reflect an approach that is mostly old-fashioned and inspired by the generations before us who refused to take shortcuts and knew the value of a job well done.
The DNA of our company was created in it’s early days - part friendship, part family. Over the decades that followed, our family grew and our friendships deepened. Many, many people dedicated their lives to our success, and as we think of those individuals now, we realize that the trait that united us was our shared passion for details.
Perficut Mission Statement
Perficut Site Management is fueled by passion. It shows in the meticulous eyes and hands of our employees. You feel our promise and friendship in the handshakes from our team. We believe there’s only one right way to maintain a corporate site. And we do everything we can to live up to that ideal every day.
Perficut clients recognize early on that we are a different kind of company - an enterprise fueled by progressive spirit and managed with a level of passion that is uncommon in our industry. But that’s just one part of the equation. Our roots reflect an approach that is inspired by the generations before us who refused to take shortcuts and knew the value of a job well done.
At Perficut, we don’t see our work as a business - we see it as our profession. For more than twenty-five years, we have utilized a dependable, adaptable, proactive approach that creates greater value for our clients and delivers unexpected results worth remembering.
Continuing to Deliver the Best in Lawn care, Landscape and Snow Management
We’ve also noticed that our world and our industry is changing faster now than ever before. It’s no time to stop and celebrate. In fact, the quality of our lawn, tree, and snow services and the efficiency of our business must accelerate, not relax. It's one of the reasons we maintain certified in our areas of expertise as listed below.
- 2 OSHA 10 hours certified
- 5 OSHA 30 hours certified
- 1 Professional Landscape Architect
- 2 ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects)
- 1 CIC (Certified Irrigation Contractor- National Certification)
- 7 Backflow Irrigation Certified Professionals
- 1 IA (Irrigation Association Member)
- 3 ISA Certified Arborists (International Society of Arboriculture)
- 1 ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
- 3 Horticulturists (AAS or BS)
- 7 Category 3ot State Licensed Applicators (Ornamental and Turf Pest Control)
- 1 Category 3t State Licensed Applicator
- 3 Category 6 State Licensed Applicators (Right-of-Way Pest Control)
- 1 Category 5 State Licensed Applicators (Aquatic Pest Control)
- 1 Category 7a State Licensed Applicator (General and Household Pest Control)
- 6 Iowa Arborist Association Members (One is SW Rep. & Membership Chair)
- 1 Mauget Certified Applicator
- 1 Iowa Certified Nurseryman
- 1 CPESC (Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control)
- 3 ICCSPPI (Iowa Certified Construction Site Pollution Prevention Inspector)
- 35 ASCA Certified Snow Professionals (Accredited Snow Contractors Association) 2 MBA
- 1 CPA
- 2 BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association)
- 16 Employees with over 10 years’ experience each
When it comes to explaining how we approach lawn care, snow removal and commercial site maintenance, to name a few of our services, it’s best done by reading our mission statement. In 2016, Perficut re-committed to its brand-values and strengthened its mission to better reflect the company’s growth over the past 25 years. Take a look.
Meet the Perficut Team
President/Owner | Des Moines
When I started this journey at 14 with a lawn mower and a moped I had no idea what it would become today. Partnered with the right people, and incredible passion I'm extremely proud of what we have built and become today. With many lessons along the way we have stuck to the philosophy of integrity, hard work and being humble throughout this journey. I take tremendous pride in watching our team grow and providing an opportunity for so many great people and their families. With over 25 years under our belt now, I am excited for the future of Perficut and honored to be a part of such a great company.
Vice President/Owner | Des Moines
I have a personal and business philosophy that somewhat mimic each other. I believe in knowing both your strengths and your weaknesses and working on both equally to improve. I don’t look at failure as a negative, but more of a learning experience to teach not only yourself but to help others achieve results through both personal and business failures. “ Sometimes you need a good “loss” to refocus your strategy.” I try and think longterm when making decisions, realizing that short term gains do not necessarily make the best business sense. I try and analyze and visualize the end result and make decisions based on how that decision will look and how it will affect our business and our employees in the long run. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wife and three kids, adventure travel, and a good book or two.
Director of Business Development and Sales | Des Moines
I oversee the sales teams that drive Perficut forward in the Des Moines, Omaha, and Cedar Rapids markets. Our teams provide a very high level of service, and we keep over 150 employees busy throughout the year. I selectively pursue clientele with the goal of earning their business for the long term, not just a single season. I want to understand the clients’ needs and find innovate solutions that the client see as having true value. I try to cultivate an environment that’s fun and friendly to work in, while creating extraordinary results and return of investment for our clients. I like to offer solutions and ideas outside of the box to help the team succeed, and to see each individual grow in responsibility, increase sales and become their own internal entrepreneur. Our goal is to provide the best customer service experience possible and establish great relationships with our clients. Outside of Perficut, I have been elected twice as a member of the Altoona City Council, Board of Directors for EPIC, 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year from Altoona Chamber of Commerce, 2013 Newell Franklin Award winner for community service, and 2011 graduate of the AGC of Iowa Leadership Academy. I received my BS in Horticulture from Iowa State University, and AAS in Landscape Management from Kirkwood with an overall 26 years in the green industry.
Production Manager | Des Moines
I schedule all jobs and manage the crews in the field. I am the contact that our clients can get a hold of quickly to address upcoming items. I keep track of every job we have with focus on production, process, and quality. I love landscaping because of its importance. We are the last ones in on projects and it is our responsibility to make every site beautiful. There takes a lot of hard work in all areas of construction, but as a landscaper, our work sticks out and is what people see in the final product. A win for me in this industry is getting the job done right, on time, and our clients are happy! I have a degree in Business Management and that has helped me better myself in the almost ten years I have been in this industry.
Residential Turf Sales | Des Moines
Starting with Perficut back in 2005, I have been able to gain a vast amount of knowledge and use my experience to help others for their turf health needs. Moving over to the sales team, I have been able to meet my goals, assist clients, and try to make everyone’s experience with Perficut a positive one while working on promoting green and healthy lawns. Being at Perficut for several years, I have been able to form relationships with clients. There are many clients that call on me for my expert opinion and to find resolutions for their problems.
Irrigation Construction & Service Manager | Des Moines
I enjoy helping our customers achieve landscape excellence through their irrigation systems. Whether it be a residential or commercial client, each job holds the same value and importance to me. My irrigation team strives for perfection and we work around the clock to make sure we meet our goals and client expectations. I have worked and gained numerous amounts of knowledge while working for Perficut’s irrigation department since 2012.
Tree Department Manager | Des Moines
I supervise tree health care, pruning, and removal crews while also training personnel on proper arboricultural practices and company procedures. I believe in delivering the best possible service with a high level of professionalism and expertise in our field. Previously working as a wildland firefighter for the USFWS, has taught me what I know about hard work, team communication and chainsaw operation and maintenance. Starting with Perficut in 2012 as a tree Grounds man, I worked my way up becoming a Climber, Foreman, Site Supervisor and eventually Production Manager. I became an ISA Certified Arborist® in 2016.
Landscape Maintenance Manager | Des Moines
I maintain properties existing landscape beds and install color with annual and perennial gardens and planter pots. Being a part of the Perficut team since 2010, I have been given the opportunity to enhance and maintain many unique and special properties around Des Moines. I am passionate about creating and caring for beautiful green spaces, colorful gardens and hundreds of planter pots throughout the city. I received an Associate’s degree in Commercial Horticulture and have over 30 years of experience in all areas of landscape, specializing in annuals and perennials.
Production Manager | Des Moines
Head of Production Operations | Des Moines
I work hand in hand with our production managers on a daily basis to ensure we are hitting production goals and finding creative solutions to grow, train, and become more efficient in the field. Working for Perficut since 2008, I believe it’s my role to empower Perficut team members to find what drives them to become better on a daily basis. Creating a positive work environment and helping develop processes and/or procedures with our process improvement team, has allowed me to help our department grow. I have worked for 20 years within the industry.
Residential Lawn Manager | Des Moines
As a production manager, I create routes for daily production, order application products, and build and maintain a commercial schedule while keeping constant communication with my turf health team. I feel that every client from the 3000 square feet residential lawn, to the 1 million square feet factory, are all on the same level and should receive the same treatment and service. I have worked and gained nearly 18 years of experience in the industry and have worked for Perficut since 1999.
Production Manager | Des Moines
I coordinate all materials, staff and equipment needed to produce work sold by our sales team. I take great pride in what I do and in being part of something with such a wide scope of work and services since starting with Perficut in 2010. Being a part of a team that has a drive for success, fuels my success. I thrive to be constantly adapting and being organized to make sure I do my job well. I have worked and gained 20 years’ experience in the industry.
Mowing Production Manager | Des Moines
I coordinate all materials, people and equipment required to produce a quality job for several job sites. I oversee scheduling of jobs to meet deadlines and work to identify and retain appropriate employees for the mowing department. I enjoy helping employees and customers on a daily basis. It’s great to see our employees transform the look of a property, and deliver the high quality results our customers are looking for. I have a bachelor’s degree in management and started working for Perficut in 2016.
Quality Control Manager | Des Moines
My main focus is to ensure that our performance and the product that we deliver to the client meets our standards and exceeds their expectations. After landscape installations are complete, I provide periodic reports to clients communicating the current condition of their plants, turf, irrigation performance and hardscape elements. I educate the client as to what they should expect their site to look like through changing seasons to help promote a healthy landscape. I have been in the landscape industry for over 12 years and started with Perficut in 2011.
Production Manager & Estimator | Des Moines
I do SWPPP inspections and work on keeping jobs in compliance under the GP2 (General Permit #2). Within my project management role, I ensure all projects are going as planned from start to finish and coordinate needed work with crews and clients. I believe communication with a client is important. Knowing our clients’ needs with an open line of communication makes it easier to give them the expected end results on any type of job. I have worked 15 years in the Industry and started with Perficut in 2011.
Project Manager & Estimator | Des Moines
I provide cost estimates for landscape designs, and designing landscape solutions. As an estimator, I work directly with general contractors and suppliers in terms of reviewing contracts and pricing. My job allows me to see both sides in the construction industry: design and implementation. My experience at Perficut is very rewarding for an aspiring landscape architect, as my job allows me to master skills and interact with various clients that are critical for landscape architects and performing well in the construction industry. I received my bachelor of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and started working for Perficut in 2014.
Construction Manager | Des Moines
Since 2013, I have managed the landscape construction department and seek new project opportunities. Receiving contracts for large projects is equally about a partnership and the actual dollars involved. I have the opportunity to budget projects before they are out for bid which only comes from our clients trusting us to provide them the information and budgets they need to better advise their client. I may be able to get us to the job but our team has to fulfill the promise. And they always do.
We love the projects that scare the competition. The more complex the better. I enjoy the spaces we help to create especially when the projects are designed to be experienced. I’ve been working in the construction industry for 20 years in the Des Moines area.
Account Manager | Des Moines
My main goal is to create relationships with our clients, and being the “one point of contact” with each commercial account I manage.
Being an account manager, we are the eyes, ears, and voices of our clients, our production teams, and our admin team. I strive every day to retain my current clients, build a bigger portfolio, and work side by side with our production crews to meet Perficut standards. I have spent the last 11 years in various avenues of Account Management and Sales and started with Perficut in 2015.
Account Manager | Des Moines
I manage commercial and residential Maintenance and Snow accounts. My favorite part of being an account manager is being able to build relationships with clients and ensure they are 100% satisfied with their service. Acquiring new accounts is always fun, but I strive for retention and all clients to be over joyed with the services we perform. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Earth Science and started working for Perficut in 2016.
Account Manager | Des Moines
I manage commercial and residential Maintenance and Snow accounts and assist in the Construction Department.
I am very aware of how my work and the work of each Perficut employee can significantly impact the daily life experience of the owners, staff, and patrons of our accounts. I try to work with and through our team to continuously make that impact positive and recognizable. I strive to build open and trusting relationships with my clients... ones that makes it easy for them to be confident in their investment in Perficut and the service we provide, and ones that makes it easier to keep choosing us to be their partner. I have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from ISU, 32 years’ experience in the field... primarily in landscape design, sales, installation, and maintenance. I have been with Perficut since 2007.
Account Manager | Des Moines
Since 2011, I have managed commercial maintenance and snow accounts for Perficut.
I absolutely love working with my clients. I strive to create long lasting partnerships. I believe that great communication, honesty, and accountability are the foundation. I’m very passionate about presenting all clients with the best service possible. I’m not satisfied until they are over satisfied. I’m proud to serve some of Des Moines most prestigious downtown properties and I like to think Perficut is helping our great city look at its best every day. I have over 15 years’ experience in Site Management.
Account Manager & Arborist | Des Moines
On a daily basis, I meet with clients to help with their tree care needs. I feel that our tree team can truly help homeowners and commercial property owners to protect one of their biggest and most difficult to replace investments- their trees and shrubs. I am passionate about being honest and fair to the client, giving thoughtful analysis of their issue, and offering a reasonable solution. I earned the title of ISA Board Certified Master Arborist in 2015, becoming the first and only female in the state. I also have my Associates Degree in Commercial Horticulture along with 15 years’ of experience. I have been with Perficut since 2010.
Senior Project Manager | Des Moines
I am the main point of contact for commercial projects and oversee production, estimating, and construction sales for projects. I enjoy being able to watch a project through from start to finish and building lasting relationships with clients through constant communication and hard work. I have worked for Perficut since 2011.
Contracts Manager/Irrigation Service Coordinator | Des Moines
Accounts Receivable Accountant | Des Moines
Purchasing/AP Manager | Des Moines
Production Administrative Assistant | Des Moines
Production Coordinator | Des Moines
Sales and Marketing Coordinator | Des Moines
Chief Financial Officer | Des Moines
Payroll/Construction Coordinator | Des Moines
Julie Van Dike
Operations Administrative Assistant | Des Moines
Chief Operating Officer | Des Moines
Sales Representative | Eastern Iowa
I work to gain new sales and gain density in Eastern Iowa. I am passionate about providing the best site management solution to businesses and educating clients of our seasonal services. On a daily basis, I strive to obtain large corporate accounts where Perficut can manage all maintenance services throughout the year. I have my MA in Executive Management with over 15 years of sales experience and started working for Perficut in 2017.
Sales and Account Manager | Eastern Iowa
I have a multi-dimensional role within Perficut since starting with the company in 2011. As Sales Manager, I facilitate new corporate and commercial sales in the Eastern Iowa market. As an Account Manager, I monitor sites, perform site reviews, focus on customer needs and service, and provide a positive and educational atmosphere for our crews. I enjoy working for Perficut and my favorite part of my job is the interaction I have with my customers and the challenge of something new every day. I earned my BA from Iowa in Economics and have over 15 years of sales experience.
Operations Manager | Eastern Iowa
I work to effectively run operations from every aspect of production. I am fortunate to have a role within the company that is always evolving and never the same from day to day. I strive to create an environment where my crews can succeed while our client’s prosper and receive site maintenance perfection. I have worked several years within the industry and started working for Perficut in 2010.
Production Manager | Omaha
In a new city and new market, I strive to be the best through hard work and dedication. When I leave a property at the end of the day, my goal is that I do not have to worry about a client calling with a complaint. Working for Perficut, I went from laying mulch and cutting tree rings, to mowing, irrigation, and hanging Christmas lights. I found my favorite position doing lawn apps for our residential clients in Des Moines. One day I was asked to move to Omaha, and now here I am to bring Perficut perfection, one commercial site at a time. I have been with Perficut since 2011.
Sales Representative | Omaha
I am tasked with the goal to grow Perficut in the Omaha/Council Bluffs market. This involves scheduling appointments, preparing and delivering presentations and maintaining customer relationships to ensure customer loyalty through excellent customer service and meeting expectations. Every day is a new challenge; a new prospect; a new opportunity. Working for an established, trusted and forward-moving company allows me to position us as the industry leaders in Site Management. I have a BA in Health & Sociology with 12 years of experience in sales and started working for Perficut in 2017.
Business Development Manager | Omaha
I strive to connect with and create lasting relationships with current and potential clients, in an effort to create a high level of trust based on knowledge, performance, and confidence. I am passionate about our products and the promises we deliver on and am motivated by having the flexibility to develop realistic and customized solutions for our clients. Opportunities to work with large manufacturing facilities and corporate campuses, as well as develop an entirely new approach in an untouched market for Perficut, brings an exciting touch to my every day work day. I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology and started working for Perficut in 2013.