Who We Are
The Bruss Team
Eric D Bruss, APLD - President
Eric has a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Colorado State University and was born and raised in the family business. A Certified Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Eric learned alongside his father, Bob, before taking the helm and continuing the family tradition at Bruss in 1996.
Arnold A. Kroeze, PLA - Vice President
As a Professional Landscape Architect with a bachelor’s in Horticulture from Iowa State University, Arnie brings the unique perspective of having grown up on his parents’ apple orchard. That experience helps us manage our plant nursery. Arnie has been with Bruss since 1986.
Mike Kehl, PLA, CLT - Landscape Architect
In the industry since 2007 and with Bruss since 2012, Mike is a Professional Landscape Architect and earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. Mike is a talented Architect and great team player – even when we give him a hard time for being a Cardinals fan.
Zach Lukes - Landscape Designer
After developing a love for the outdoors while growing up in rural southern Illinois, Zach earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois and has been working in the industry since 2006. Zach is an extremely talented Designer and is currently working through the process of becoming a licensed Professional Landscape Architect.
Britny King - Landscape Designer
Originally in the trade show industry, Britny switched careers for the fun of horticulture. She earned her associate degree and certificate in Landscape Design and has been active in the industry since 2012. Britny brings not only creativity, but a fantastic level of enthusiasm to her clients and projects.
Bekki Mihelich - Landscape Designer
With a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Environmental Studies certificate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Bekki has been in the industry since 1998 and with Bruss since 2010. Bekki performs dual roles at Bruss and both a Designer and our resident Permit Specialist.
Sandy Schweitzer - Landscape Designer
After working at a retail nursery as a way to recharge, Sandy rediscovered the joy of plants and switched careers, earning her associate degree and certificate in Landscape Design. Sandy is an integral wheel in keeping the Bruss team moving forward and our resident Seasonal Container Magician.
Tricia Lussow - Office Manager
With Bruss Landscaping since 2001, Tricia has been the behind-the-scenes backbone of our office. Though she’ll be retiring later this year, her everyday influence on our operations will continue to keep us working smoothly.
Janice Beyer - Office Manager (in training)
Janice brings many skills from the Lawn & Garden Distribution industry to Bruss. Working side-by-side with Tricia, she’s learning the intricacies of our multi-season business and getting to know our wonderful clients so the transition after Tricia’s retirement will be seamless.
Phil Outlaw - Facility Manager
With experience in our industry from a working laborer on up, and continuing service in the U.S. Army to his credit, Phil’s discipline and great sense of humor are a welcome asset at our nursery and production facility in West Chicago.
Martin Garcia - Planting Foreman
As one of our elder statesmen, we’ve been relying on Martin’s expertise and can-do attitude since 2003.
Everardo Mondragon - Construction Foreman
With Bruss Landscaping since 2003, Eve’s construction capabilities help set our projects apart.
Arturo Rodriguez - Construction Foreman
With Bruss Landscaping since 2004, Arturo’s craftsmanship is unparalleled and his ability to problem solve project challenges are fantastic.
Angel Pulido - Service Technician
Working with Bruss Landscaping since 2007, Angel is our landscape lighting specialist and regular service foreman.
Rafael Duran - Planting Foreman
Dedicated and knowledgeable, Rafael has been part of the Bruss team since 2011.
Jose Mora - Mechanic
While Jose has been on the Bruss team since 2012, he has recently been promoted to Foreman in recognition of his ever increasing capabilities.
Roberto Roque - Mechanic
Since joining us in 2015, Roberto has become indispensable as our shop mechanic and every day Mr. Fixit.