Meet The Team!

Bridgewater CT Landscaper
each one of us is
a brain, 
an athlete, 
a basket case, 
a princess, 
and has a story.

Our team-
We are the coolest bunch of professionals you’ll likely meet. We are diverse. We are dynamic. We get things done and we have fun along the way.

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"365" Apes

“365” Apes are our leaders, administration, support staff, and crew members that live in the local area and stay on year-round. Despite their present position, most of the men and women you are about to meet have considerable experience in all areas of our services, as well as the “behind-the-scenes” elements that keep us beautifying your property.

Shayne Newman
Kent CT Lawn Care

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 Industry read more

Greg Kaiser
operations manager

Greg has been with Yardapes since 2008. He oversees daily operations and the scheduling of our enhancement and construction crews, as well as account management. Greg has been in the green industry in various roles since 2003, including stops in golf course maintenance. Greg’s passion for landscaping started  read more

Michael Liffland
account manager

While we haven’t seen any photos of him donning a tweed jacket (yet), “The Professor” hails from Dover Plains, New York and taught Turf Management at Rutgers University-Cook College campus. Beyond the “textbook”, Michael brings decades of real-world horticulture and turf maintenance read more

Kyle Onorato
account manager

Kyle jumped on board with us in Spring 2017. Currently undergoing a Landscape Design Certification Program run by the New York Botanical Garden, Kyle is a true asset with a well-rounded skill set and the desire to continue learning (and teaching) others. 

Tom Marino
account manager

Stay tuned for Tom’s bio!

Becky Mulhare
office manager

Our Office Manager hails from Roxbury, but has served our Country as a Military Spouse, and thus lived in various locations (to include Fort Bragg, NC and Burlington VT). A ten-year veteran of the bookkeeping world, Becky came on with us full-time in February 2017 read more

George Gudauskis
mechanic/mad scientist

“It started with an Erector Set…” George is our Mechanic/Fleet and Facilities Manager, and one of the most detail-oriented folks that our shop has ever seen. A New Milford native, this renaissance man can not only repair and restore just about anything, but is an awesome chef (specializing in gourmet beans) and enjoys fishing, skiing, and hiking.

Roberto Angulo
estate management crew leader

Roberto was raised in Narajito, Ecuador but now calls New Milford home, along with his wife, Kerly and three children; sons David and Derrick, and daughter, Dahlia. As an Estate Management Crew Leader, Roberto works on our large landscaping jobs. He is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, has his Operator’s License in Pest read more

Tom Gambone
lawn care crew leader

Tom’s one of our locals, New Milford born and raised. He graduated from NMHS in 2008. In his free time, Tom plays basketball and softball. He loves being outdoors (always good considering his line of work). When he’s not watching sports, he likes going to concerts. Tom gives back by regularly participating in our Day of Service. We like that.

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 happy to have him. read more.

Manuel Parra
lawn maintenance technician

“Manny P” hails from Ecuador, and in case you didn’t see the resemblance, happens to be our Head Mason’s brother (Ramiro Parra). Manny takes amazing care of lawns as a mow crew technician, helping out with commercial property snow removal during Winter, and enjoys music.

Ramiro Parra
head mason

Ramiro, our head mason, is originally from Ecuador. He now lives in New Milford with his wife and two daughters. Ramiro is admired by co-workers and clients alike for his beautiful work. He brings to YardApes a skill set that translates to incredible hardscapes and waterscapes for our clients to enjoy.

Thomas Elble
estate management. technician

Tom joined us a few Winters ago, on call helping the plow crews with snow-removal. This Winter he came back on for help during the few significant storms, and worked his tail off. Fueled by Energy Drinks only, his work ethic was noticed and Tom is now full-time. While primarily an Estate Management Technician, he is a useful asset read more


Tyler Hansen
lawn maintenance technician

Tyler is no stranger to the outdoors, or hard work! A New Milford native with strong local “roots”, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends and family, and  makes community service (and sharing the “outdoor experience”) his priority. As such, he has volunteered at Pratt Nature Center (a local wildlife preserve read more

Joaquin Sanango
estate management technician

Bio coming soon!

Manny Pascoa
estate management technician

Bio coming soon!

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David Angulo
estate management technician

Bio coming soon!

"H2B and Seasonal" Apes

The following men hail from places south of the US border (mainly Mexico and Ecuador) and represent the majority of our Spring, Summer, and Fall work force. Our H2B Temporary Work Visa employees are some of the finest landscape artisans in the industry, and we are lucky to have most of these gentleman return every April. Some (like Isauro “Mr. Miyagi” Perez) have been with us for greater than fifteen years, providing not only continuity and a strong work ethic, but wisdom, laughs, and stories we otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to. We miss them every Winter and greatly look forward to their return in Spring.

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Isauro Perez
lawn maintenance crew leader

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 nonagricultural seasonal employment. Known to all as “El Abuelo” read more

Jesus Aviles
estate management crew leader

2016 Ape of the Year! Jesus is one of our Estate Management and Construction Crew Leaders and has been with us since Spring 2014. In short time he has made an incredible impact, not only in the quality of the work he performs and manages at client properties, but with his coworkers and management. read more


Alfredo Hernandez
estate management crew leader

Our own “Most Interesting Man in the World” 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. No matter the task, Alfredo accepts the challenge, and is extremely skilled with read more

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Ricardo Hernandez
estate management crew leader

Ricardo is a major asset to YardApes, and 2017 marks his fifth season with us. Not only an amazing Estate Management Technician, Ricardo is bi-lingual, fluent in both Spanish and English. As such, he helps us communicate and often serves as translator when needed. Ricardo is part of the H-2B non-immigrant work read more


Ruben Meza-Villeda
lawn maintenance technician

2017 marks Ruben’s second year with us, and it’s incredible how fast he has learned to put nice patterns in the lawns to which he is charged to maintain. Ruben hails from Mexico and is part of the H2B program, and similar to Mauricio (his current counterpart) is an incredibly positive influence on all of us. You may see him read more

Juan Perez Mendoza

Juan Perez-Mendoza
lawn maintenance technician

Bio coming soon!

Florentino Hernandez
lawn maintenance crew leader

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.

Ramiro Yanez
estate management technician

Bio coming soon!

Roman Galarza
lawn maintenance crew leader

Bio coming soon!

Mauricio Hernandez
estate management crew leader

Bio coming soon!

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Rene Monzon-Angeles
estate management crew leader

Bio coming soon!

Max Juarez-Tolentino
estate management crew leader

Bio coming soon!

Filemon Galarza
lawn maintenance crew leader

Bio coming soon!

Hall of Fame

Something that differentiates our team from many others is a sense of pride and the desire to remain on board. With that said, for one reason or another we do occasionally have to say goodbye (or adios) to members as they go to their proverbial “other” pastures. The Hall of Fame, with it’s first member (Elaine) is meant to highlight those that remained with us for a while during our almost 30-year tenure, and left a lasting legacy on us and our unique company culture

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Greg “Gordo” Malmberg
other pastures!

We believe everyone everywhere benefits from a connection with nature.

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