Meet the Team


Wayne Impullitti



Wayne Impullitti, owner and president of Impullitti Landscaping, Inc., grew up in the landscaping business. His maternal grandfather operated a well-known landscaping company, Leo Lucarelli and Sons Landscaping, specializing in Cleveland’s east-side estate residences. Over 60 years ago, in 1952, Impullitti and Sons Landscaping was started by Wayne’s father and mentor, Clifford Impullitti, Sr. Wayne learned under the tutelage of his father during his growing years through high school and his education at The Ohio State University in nursery management. By 1990 Wayne was ready to follow the family tradition and take on his own company, now named Impullitti Landscaping, Inc. Wayne’s knowledge of the business runs deep and is exhibited in his creation of a premier company. Wayne’s ability to select dedicated and extremely professional employees and to develop lasting relationship with customers and suppliers has been instrumental in the company being recognized as one of the state’s top landscaping companies. Currently, Wayne serves on the Key Advisory Committee at The Ohio State University and as the Master Planning Committee Chairman of the Secrest Arboretum Council at The Ohio State University-Wooster. Indicative of the success of Impullitti Landscaping is the long list of awards received by the company in state and national competitions. Notable awards include winning the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gold Medal—one of only eight awards given nationally—on two separate occasions at the Cleveland Botanical Garden Center and more than 50 other awards from state landscaping associations and horticultural experts from around the country. Wayne’s employee recognize him as a smart and business savvy man who cares deeply about his company, employees and clients. Wayne and his beautiful wife Katie have been married for nearly 30 years and have raised three children. Wayne is a history buff and likes attending Ohio State sporting events. Wayne is also a loyal Clevelander who enjoys supporting the local restaurant scene by frequenting the great culinary establishments of the city.


Dan McClaren


Director of Design

Loyal, determined, creative, and detail-oriented are just a few words to describe our Director of Design, Dan. For more than fifteen years, Dan has been leading the creative efforts of Impullitti Landscaping. His designs have been awarded many times over on both the state and national level. He is a certified member of the Association of Professional Landscapers, the past President of the Ohio Landscape Association and an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician through the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association. Dan graduated Summa Cum laude with a degree in Landscape Construction and Contracting from the Ohio State University and is a 25 year veteran in the landscaping industry. One of Dan’s favorite projects was creating a children’s play area for the Secrest Arboretum in Wooster Ohio. He lives in Sagamore Hills with his wife Dawn, and stays very busy with their two wonderful children Jillian and Connor. In his spare time Dan enjoys attending classic car shows and cruises.

Dave Ketz, ASLA, CLp



Although one of the newest members of our staff, Dave has 17 years in the landscaping industry and is a perfect fit for our company. Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University and is an avid Buckeye fan. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is a Certified Landscape Manager through PLANET. Dave enjoys meeting new people and designing different kinds of projects. His co-workers appreciate his good-nature and sense of humor. Dave lives is Twinsburg with his wife Carie and their two active kids, Jill and Danny. His hobbies include coaching soccer, being a cub scout den leader and brewing beer!

Alan Carley



Alan has been involved in the landscaping industry since 1972 and has used his love for nature as his inspiration for his award winning design creations. When Alan graduated from high school he went to work with a national tree company and learned hands on how to properly care for trees. After a few years, he began working for a landscaping company and learned how to design, estimate and install projects. Alan has been a truly self-taught man, but has combined his love of art and nature to excel in a career that has earned him multiple statewide awards for his designs. Alan spends much of his free time engaged in clay target sports, hunting and enjoying nature. He and his wife Janie live in Burton. They enjoy spending time with their three grown children and two grandchildren.

Landscape Sales

Tim Lestock


Sales Executive


For nearly 30 years, Tim has been a powerful influence at Impullitti Landscaping. Whether he’s leading his team of maintenance crew leaders and technicians or consulting with clients on the needs of their property, he is always willing to listen and offer his expertise. In addition to heading the maintenance crews, Tim also directs the snowplowing crews in the winter months. Tim has an Associates degree in Applied Science from The Ohio State University. Under his direction, the maintenance team has achieved statewide recognition for excellence in landscape maintenance. Tim and his wife Beth live in Newbury with their three children, Allie, Tyler and Ryan. With the kids in college and starting careers, Tim has more time to enjoy his hobbies of camping, hunting and fishing. He is also a member of Whitetails Unlimited a national non-profit organization dedicated to conservation, education and the preservation of the hunting tradition.

John Wheeler


Sales Executive

John began working in the landscape industry more than 40 years mowing the common areas for a private lake community which we still maintain today. After attending The Ohio State University to earn a degree in horticulture, John purchased his first truck and began his own company in 1976 which he ran successfully for nearly 40 years before Impullitti Landscaping, Inc. acquired his company in 2013. As a member of the professional Landcare Network (PLANET) for over 20 years, John is a Charter Certified Landscape Professional. John has a real passion for the industry. He believes that clients should be treated as friends and has developed long-lasting relationships with them. John and his wife Mary live in Bainbridge Township. They have three grown children and four grandchildren. He is active in the community and enjoys riding his motorcycle in his free time!


Jim Swaye


Director of Maintenance

Jim has practically grown up in the landscaping industry. His grandfather, Clifford Impullitti, Sr. started the company long before he was born and he grew up watching him parents, grandparents and uncles working in the family business. Jim began his own landscaping career working for the company while still in high school and has been here for 20 years. Jim has an Associates degree from The Ohio State University in landscape management and his favorite part of the job is being able to work outdoors. Co-workers describe Jim as one who is eager to help and extremely dependable. Jim and his wife Holly live in Chesterland with their two young daughters Savannah and Taylor. Jim enjoys family vacations to Canada, fishing, boating and water-skiing.

Armond "Ted" Ferrante, C.L.T.


Account Manager


Energetic and passionate describe Armond’s day to day work ethic in a landscaping career that spans more than three decades. As a maintenance supervisor, Armond is responsible for planning and scheduling the daily activities of the maintenance crews, overseeing crews in the field, and responding to client requests. Additionally, Armond leads the safety training efforts of the company and works to ensure that all employees are working in the safest manner possible. A graduate from Ashland University with a degree in Business Administration, Armond credits his economics background for helping him to run efficient and productive maintenance crews. He is also a certified landscape technician. Armond has a great love of life and enjoys a variety of activities including music, art, theatre, yoga, running and enjoying nature.

Shawn Wadsworth


Account Manager

Shawn views the landscaping business as much more than a career. “To me, it is just a way of life.” A true outdoorsman, Shawn enjoys the fact that his profession allows him the chance to spend time outside in nature. A 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in construction management, Shawn has been involved in all aspects of the industry including construction, maintenance, fertilization, snowplowing and management. “I like the instant gratification of walking on a property that doesn’t look so good and transforming it into something beautiful before we leave.” As an account manager, Shawn gets the opportunity to utilize all of his skills while managing crews and interacting with clients. Shawn lives in Ravenna with his wife Charlotte and daughter Taylor. He enjoys camping and drag racing in his free time.

Maintenance & Safety

Michael Impullitti


Director of Sales

Michael is the newest member of our management team and brings a fresh perspective and great enthusiasm to the staff. Michael’s involvement in the company also signifies a new chapter for Impullitti Landscaping, Inc. as he represents the fourth generation of his family to be a part of the landscaping business. A graduate of John Carroll University, Michael began his career working in operations for one of North America’s largest trucking companies. Now with Impullitti Landscaping, Inc., he will focus his energy to heading our safety department as well as managing numerous maintenance accounts. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Boards of Kent State University and Auburn Career Center. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, and spending time with his wife Krissy and their newborn son Louie. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.


Ryan Dustman


Director of Installation

With more than 15 years of landscape construction and management experience, Ryan provides strong leadership to our landscaping crews. Ryan is a graduate of The Ohio State University landscape management program. He is responsible for the scheduling and purchasing activities for all construction projects. This requires close coordination with our design team and vendors to ensure that all materials are delivered to the job site in a timely manner and that crews are ready to begin work by the scheduled date. Ryan’s area of expertise is in project planning and he works diligently to ensure a smooth process from start to finish. His co-workers describe him as hard-working, determined and loyal. Ryan and his wife Jen live in Hiram with their two young children Jacob and Madison. In his free time, Ryan enjoys landscaping his yard, riding his custom-built motorcycle and spending time with his family.


Sherry Watts


Director of Administration

Creativity and organization are skills that Sherry has used for the past 12 years to manage all of the day to day operations of the office. Sherry is responsible for all of the marketing initiatives of the company, client correspondence, and human resource operations. She oversees the office staff and works to make sure that everything is getting done in a timely and efficient manner. Sherry has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from John Carroll University and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. Her co-workers describe her as a happy, caring person who strives to make sure that everything is the best is can be. Sherry and her husband Matt live in Auburn Township with their two children Andrew and Ashley. In her free time, Sherry is involved in her children’s school volunteering as a committee member for the school’s major fundraising event. She enjoys cooking, shopping, and entertaining with friends and family.

Cindy Cieslak


Chief Financial Officer

For nearly 10 years, Cindy has been handling all of the financials for Impullitti Landscaping, Inc. Although we like to tease our “head bean counter,” she has played an integral role in planning for the strategic growth of the company. Fellow co-workers describe her as smart, dedicated and conscientious. Cindy has a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Master of Business Administration from John Carroll University. She and her husband Ryan live in Bainbridge with their two adorable young children, Anna and Michael. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, cooking and spending time with her family.

Fleet Management

Earl Schueren


Fleet Manager

Earl is the master of the Impullitti Landscaping shop. He is responsible for the daily maintenance of all trucks, mowers and equipment. Drawing on his 34 years of automotive experience, Earl uses his expertise to make sure that every piece of equipment that leaves the shop is in tip top shape. He is quiet, innovative and keeps an impeccable shop. He takes great pride in everything he does and it shows. Earl particularly shines during the snowplow season when he must make sure that all plows, salt spreaders and other equipment are ready to go at a moment’s notice to keep the crews at peak operation during snow events. Earl and his wife Anita live in Willowick with their two children. In his free time he enjoys woodworking and landscaping his yard. He is also a member of the Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

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