Steve Pekary – Young Professional of the Year

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Congratulations to our very own Steve Pekary for being awarded Young Professional of the Year by the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

Steve Pekary began working at J.W. Townsend Landscapes in March of 2003.  In June of 2007 he was promoted to VP and Maintenance Director at which time he had 6 employees.

Today, his team is made up of 35 members and his division has grown exponentially.  During this growth, he added an additional four departments to streamline work flow and team management.  Steve is a true leader; he is often the first one into the office and the last one to leave.  He has an infectious personality, a great attitude and truly enjoys what he does for a living.

Steve’s passion for this industry expands well beyond the walls of our establishment.  Here is a sample of his industry-related activities:

  • Piedmont Landscape Association President-at-large
  • Involved with the formation of the McIntire Botanical Garden in Charlottesville
  • Volunteers to give talks at Piedmont Virginia Community College and hosts student trips to the office to tell them about careers in landscaping
  • Coordinates employee field trips to gardens all along the east coast to give them fresh ideas and perspective
  • Holds monthly educational classes for all of his teams
  • Volunteers to give educational talks to local garden clubs

Steve was raised on his family’s farm in Orange, Virginia and studied horticulture at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  He has 15 years of experience in the industry and is an Advanced Virginia Certified Horticulturist with the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association as well as a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.  Steve lives in Louisa, Virginia with his wife and three children.

Congratulations, Steve.  We’re proud to have you on our team.

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