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Updated on June 13, 2024




Harper Associates has been exclusively retained for this search.

Are you a creative and passionate professional with a flair for landscape design and sales? Great Oaks Landscape, a nationally recognized Top 100 Landscape company, is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our team as a Landscape Account Executive. With over 40 years of industry leadership, we specialize in crafting custom, high-quality residential, commercial, and institutional landscape designs and installations throughout southeast Michigan. The company provides extensive design build and contract services through its design team, plant nursery, and professional and knowledgeable landscape architects, production, and maintenance management teams.


  • Client Engagement: Develop and nurture relationships with both residential and commercial clientele, focusing on both design-build and bid work projects.
  • Follow-up and Relationship Building: Effectively follow up with clients and leads, ensuring clear communication and understanding of their needs. Build and maintain strong, lasting client relationships.
  • Project Design and Sales: Lead the design and sales process for various projects, including large residential estates, new home construction, subdivision designs, commercial offices, and public and institutional spaces.
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborate with our dedicated team of registered landscape architects, designers and estimators to conceptualize, finalize, and estimate clients' visions. This collaborative approach allows you to focus on sales and building a robust client base.
  • Self-Directed Success: Leverage the support of our talented production team to expertly execute the installation of your design vision. This self-directed opportunity in design and contract sales enables you to achieve personal success while becoming a central and key addition of the Great Oaks Landscape team.

Qualifications & Strengths Required:

  • Thorough knowledge of plant, hardscape and construction material
  • Passion for exceeding client expectations and delivering exceptional service.
  • Strong sales background, professionalism, communication, and organizational ability
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Self-motivated and results-driven attitude.
  • Familiarity with industry trends and a keen eye for design aesthetics.
  • Ability to manage time and multiple projects effectively.
  • Ability to evaluate sales leads.
  • Meet and effectively communicate with clients, both during design and installation.
  • Directing and/or executing design concepts and plans.
  • Bid work - for commercial only.
  • Cultivating and growing continuing commercial client relationships.
  • Design-build experience and construction practices background are a plus.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Cloud, 3D modeling and bid management platforms.

Education and Expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture or a similar program.
  • 5+years’ experience in sales or direct client interaction in a landscape architecture or design build firm.


  • Excellent salary and incentive program offering six-figure annual earnings
  • Vehicle/ Cell Phone: You will be provided with a Great Oaks vehicle to drive to and from work and for business purposes only. You will be provided with a company gas card, company laptop and business cell phone.
  • Health Insurance: Eligible 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment. We offer Medical, Dental & Vision with a monthly employer contribution.
  • 401(k): Eligible after 1 year of employment. Employer matches 100% of deferrals up to 4% of annual compensation.
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holidays

Join Great Oaks Landscape and be a central part of our continued success in creating inspiring and sophisticated outdoor spaces. If you are ready to elevate your career in landscape design and sales, we invite you to apply by submitting your resume and a portfolio of relevant projects to:

Harper Associates Landscape Search Division: ben@harperjobs.com

Ben Schwartz, President

Great Oaks Landscape is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


Successful boutique real estate organization with multi-family housing and commercial properties offers an excellent career opportunity. We are seeking a dynamic, self-directed Human Resources professional who would enjoy the variety of performing all HR functions in a one-person department. This is a full-time position which necessitates working onsite 5 days/week. Requires advanced computer proficiency and exceptional organizational and communication skills.

The HR Manager responsibilities will be broad and will cover all aspects of HR:

  • payroll and benefits
  • talent acquisition - ATS
  • legal compliance
  • workman’s comp and unemployment claims
  • benefits and leave administration
  • employee relations
  • performance reviews
  • wage and salary administration

Bachelor’s Degree required; SHRM certification a plus. Excellent salary and benefit package. $80-90,000 plus bonus.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to: ben@harperjobs.com


The multi- location Property Manager will be responsible for the daily operation of a portfolio of industrial properties. This individual is required to work varying schedules to accommodate business demands. To perform this job successfully, the individual must be resourceful, have the ability to delegate, be detail-oriented and possess great customer service skills.  The individual will serve as the liaison between management and the tenants. $70,000+ full benefit package.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to ben@harperjobs.com

BRANCH MANAGER - GRAND RAPIDS, MI                                                                                      

Are you a detail-oriented, highly organized manager with a passion for mentoring a team of sales and operations professionals? Look no further! We are seeking a dedicated General Manager to join our dynamic team and make a significant impact on our organization's success.

Why Work with Us:

  • Innovative Environment: Join a GROWING company that prides ourselves on our commitment to excellence, customer satisfaction, and employee development.
  • Career Growth: Unlock opportunities for professional development and advancement.
  • Collaborative Culture: Be part of a supportive team that values your contributions and fosters collaboration.
  • Competitive Benefits: Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary.
  • Work-Life Balance: Achieve a healthy work-life balance with regular business hours.
  • Strong base salary of $90-$100K depending on experience.
  • Performance-based bonus of 10-20%.
  • 401K plus 3% company contribution.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all aspects of operations and sales in a building and construction supplier regional branch.
  • Foster positive relationships with new and existing customers to facilitate sales and streamline operations.
  • Monitor accounting department and assist the accounting team with any issues.
  • Mentor inside and outside sales team.
  • Handle all staffing for the Grand Rapids branch.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business, or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in management in the building supply or similar industry.
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in accounting software and Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Experience in Salesforce preferred.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Import/Export industry experience a plus.

How to Apply:

Send résumé in a Word format attachment to kevin@harperjobs.com.


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