Ape of the Year

2 0 1 4  Ape of the Year: Isauro Perez Awarded to the employee who consistently demonstrates initiative, and who exceeds performance standards, the Ape of the Year recipient is determined by both client and co-worker votes. Isauro, who’s been with the YardApes, Inc. for 12 years, also holds the 2007 Ape of the Year title. Clients recognize Isauro for his [...]

Greg Kaiser

Greg Kaiser Maestro de Céspedes  contact The newly appointed Maestro oversees all things turf related. He schedules the mowing and fertilizing crews, hires and trains new employees for those crews, and somehow manages to get out there to fertilize. Greg does quality checks, too.  Now in his 7th season with YardApes, Greg, who enjoys all aspects [...]

Shayne Newman

Shayne Newman silverback  contact   Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardApes, Inc. in 1990 and holds the title of president. He hails from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 29 years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from UCONN, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape [...]

Greg Malmberg

Greg Malmberg All Around Great Guy   Contact Greg is our Residential Client Manager and has been with YardApes for 13 years. While his focus is client relations, he continues in his roles as Construction Crew Manager, overseer of quality control & safety, and is YardApes’ primary estimator. Greg is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, is certified in […]

J. Scott Williams

J. Scott Williams Landscape Architect Contact Originally from Buffalo, New York, Scott has lived in Crossville, Tennessee, New York’s Greenwich Village, and spent four years in the environs of Paris, France. Scott received his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture at University of Washington in Seattle, and is CLARB certified—the industry-recognized designation for licensed landscape architects. Scott [...]

Elaine Lord

Contact Commercial Client Manager Elaine hangs her hat in Roxbury. She is responsible for attracting new customers, assessing market opportunities and also manages customer service for YardApes.

Jennifer Burks

Jennifer Burks  Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator Contact Jennifer graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Professional Writing. During her time at WCSU, Jennifer contributed to The News-Times, The News-Times online publication 360, and to The Communique. At graduation, she received the Distinguished Portfolio Award for Journalism. Jennifer assesses our needs regarding press placement and responds accordingly to [...]

Kristen Vogt

Contact Office Manager aka Elaine’s Slave Originally from Dover, NH, Kristen calls New Milford home, along with her husband, Matt, daughter Hailey, son, Nathan and dog, Sadie. She bakes like nobody’s business, enjoys a good book, time in the garden and of course, time with her family. This military wife and mother works hard balancing the […]

Thomas Tuminelli, Jr

Tom Tuminelli, Jr. Operations Manager Contact Originally from New Fairfield, CT.,Tom calls New Milford home after eight years in Florida. His automotive experience comes from Porter & Chester. His immeasurable other experiences and work ethic come compliments of five years in the Navy, where he proudly served aboard the USS John F. Kennedy. Tom is [...]

Michael Herrick

Michael Herrick Equipment & Facility Manager Contact Michael lives in Southbury, CT with his wife, Arlene.  He can repair just about anything in and around the shop.  He’s experienced with construction equipment, machine tools, precision optics, and computers. Michael worked on the Hubble space telescope for five years at Perkin-Elmer in Danbury, CT. where he [...]

Roberto Angulo

Roberto Angulo Estate Management Crew Leader 2013 Ape of the Year  2008 & 2010 Ape of the Year  Roberto was raised in Narajito, Ecuador but now calls New Milford home, along with his wife, Kerly and three children, Derrick, 15, David, 12 and  daughter, Dahlia, 6. As an Estate Management Crew Leader, Roberto works on [...]

Ramiro Parra

Head Mason 2012 APE OF THE YEAR! Ramiro, our head mason, is originally from Ecuador. He now lives in New Milford with his wife, Kerly, and daughter, Lindsay.

Manuel Labanda

Manuel Labanda Estate Management Crew Leader Manny calls Danbury, CT home but is originally from Ecuador. He has three brothers and five nephews who live in Ecuador and Spain. After coming to the states, Manny worked in construction where he learned to hang siding. He came highly recommended from a friend of YardApes and we’re [...]

Alfredo Aviles Hernandez

Estate Management Technician Alfredo also hails from Actopan Hildalgo, Mexico and works for YardApes through the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife and two daughters back home and…wait for it—he likes to watch soccer. Alfredo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

Ricardo Hernandez Lopez

Estate Management Ricardo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

Angel Ortiz Gavilanes

Estate Management Angel is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

Isauro Perez

Isauro Perez Mow Crew Leader 20 1 4 Ape of the Year 2007 Ape of the Year Isauro is one of our crew leaders, and has been with YardApes for 11 years. He calls Actopan, Hidalgo, Mexico his home and is married with four children. Isauro is part of the H-2B nonimmigrant work visa program which allows [...]

Walter Singer

Mow Crew Leader Walter calls Roxbury, CT. home. He enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time, and is quite good. His father, Art, and brother, Adam are both professional fisherman. (Art has competed in the Bass Pro Tour). Walter likes to be outside and to work hard (we don’t mind that). “Every day is […]

Bruce Brown

Mow Crew Technician Bruce is from New Preston, CT. He attended Oliver Wolcott Technical High School and is a manufacturing tech graduate. He enjoys fishing, skateboarding, snowboarding, hiking and most sports. Bruce likes to do just about anything in the outdoors.

Florentino Barrera Hernandez

Mow Crew Technician Florentino calls Actopan Hidalgo, Mexico home when not stateside as part of the H2B temporary work visa program. He has a wife, two sons and two daughters back home. Whether here, or in Mexico, Florentino loves to watch soccer. Florentino is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

Jeffrey Grey

Mow Crew Technician Jeff, another Roxbury resident, attended Shepaug Valley High School, class of 2008. He is wrapping up his pre-law degree from Western Connecticut State University as he works at YardApes. He has a twin brother, Mike, who also works for YardApes. Jeff likes snowboarding, downhill skateboarding, skimboarding, basketball, soccer and cars.

Mike Grey

Mow Crew Technician Mike, also from Roxbury, CT, works alongside his twin brother Jeff. He shares some of the same interests, too: longboarding, snowboarding and skimboarding.

Nick Lopresti

Mow Crew Technician Nick lives in New Preston, CT. and is currently attending Western Connecticut State University. He snowboards and longboards and enjoys, “pretty much anything with a board to ride.” He’s big into Volkswagens, going to shows in his free time. And we hear Nick’s good behind the lens, too.

Juan Perez Mendoza

Mow Crew Technician Juan is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work visa program which allows non-agricultural seasonal employment.

Jason Von Reyn

Mow Crew Technician

Greg Kaiser

Hudson Nickerson

Tom Gambone