LAYTONSVILLE, Md. – Ruppert Landscape has hired Sebastian Velez-Lopez and promoted Trevor Mann, Sean Davitt, Stacy Fryfogle and Charlotte McGehee to the company’s Maryland Landscape Construction Branch. These hires and promotions were made to accommodate growth in the branch.

Velez-Lopez, a resident of Bethesda, Maryland, has been hired as an assistant production manager. He is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland College Park where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in plant sciences.

Mann, a resident of Olney, Maryland, has been promoted to assistant production manager. Mann has been with Ruppert Landscape for two years and was previously a field manager. He graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in construction management and holds his OSHA 30 certification.

Davitt, a resident of Damascus, Maryland, has been promoted to production manager. He has been with Ruppert Landscape for over four years, having previously worked as project manager. In his current position, he will be responsible for all aspects of the installation of traditional landscape projects, including supervising field personnel, managing subcontractors, overseeing projects, communicating to customers and maintaining quality standards. Davitt graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in agricultural business. He is OSHA 30 certified and a 2013 Platinum Level graduate of the ABC Leadership Development Program.

Fryfogle, a resident of Manchester, Maryland, has been promoted to purchaser. She will be responsible for sourcing, acquiring and delivering most materials necessary for all landscape installation projects at the branch level and negotiating purchases with vendors and sub-contractors. She previously served as a branch administrator for Ruppert Landscape and has supported other various roles in the company during her four year tenure. Fryfogle won the 2013 Branch Impact Award in the Maryland Landscape Maintenance Branch for her outstanding dedication and contributions to the branch.

McGehee, a resident of Frederick, Maryland, has been promoted to project manager, where she will be responsible for all aspects of the administration and installation of large or specialty landscape projects in the Maryland area. McGehee started at Ruppert Landscape as an intern while in college and has been with the company for four years. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and a minor in French. McGehee is the elected secretary of the Montgomery County Executive Appointed Agricultural Advisory Committee and has also been accepted to the ABC Leadership Development Program for 2014.