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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.

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, Secretary and Treasurer

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business & Economics with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Geography. Andrew had worked countless summers for Merkle Lawn Care, rejoining full time in the fall of 2015, after previously working as a Registered Representative for Fidelity Investments. Andrew serves as Secretary and Treasurer overseeing all financial, legal and tax work. He is also responsible for Human Resources including employee policies, payroll and benefits.

Joe Toepfer, Sales and Project Management

Joe came to Merkle in 2016 with 26 years in the landscaping industry.  Joe attended the Ohio State University from 1991-1996 where he studied Horticulture, Natural Resource Management, and Ag Business.

Kevin McQuade, Landscape Design, Sales and Project Management

Kevin is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Fine Arts. Kevin started working with Merkle in the spring of 2017 and currently has 9 years’ experience in the Landscape design build industry.



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