|Keith Merkle, President
Keith Merkle formed the company as a sole proprietorship in 1984 after graduating from the University of Kentucky. He began the company by performing lawn care services in his hometown area while still in middle school. Keith has hands-on experience and knowledge in all aspects of the company - operations, customer relations, project bidding, equipment maintenance, and administrative oversight.
Doug Merkle, Vice President
Doug began working for the company during the summers from 1985 to 1989. He then joined the company fulltime after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1989. Doug’s areas of concentration are sales, marketing, scheduling of job assignments and coordinating the work of the lawn and landscape employees.
Jake Wuestefeld, Vice President
Jake joined Merkle Lawn Care in the spring of 2010. Jake is a University of Kentucky graduate in Horticulture who has a wealth of knowledge from his prior experience as a vendor in the industry and his work at various other lawn care operations. Jake is the contact for our corporate account operations and sales, as well as overseeing various other projects for the company.
Regina Merkle, Chief Financial Officer
Gina is a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University. She joined her husband Keith at Merkle Lawn Care in the fall of 1996 after working as a CPA for Coopers & Lybrand in Lexington, and in financial reporting for Anthem BCBS and John Morrell, both in Cincinnati. Gina serves as Chief Financial Officer overseeing all financial, legal, and tax work. She is also responsible for Human Resources including employee policies, payroll and benefits.
Allison Bush, Landscape Designer and Sales
Allison came to Merkle Lawn Care in 2011 as a horticulturalist and landscape designer. Residential and commercial designs, sales and special projects keep her in high demand here at Merkle. Allison holds a degree from the University of Kentucky in Plant & Soil Science; Horticulture Enterprise Management.
Katie Mills, Lawn and Plant Care Manager
Katie came to Merkle Lawn Care in 2015 as a horticulturalist with 8 years of experience with turf and plant health. Katie holds an associates degree from Cincinnati State in Landscape and Horticulture.
Andrew Merkle, Controller