Who We Are
The Bruss Team
Eric D Bruss, APLD - PresidentEric 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 PresidentAs 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 ArchitectIn 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 DesignerAfter 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.
Micki Schutt - Landscape DesignerGrowing up in Lisle, the Arboretum Village, Micki has always been passionate about plants and nature, from working at a florist shop in college to interning at the Chicago Botanic Garden. A graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Horticulture, she has been working in the industry since 2013 and Bruss since 2020.
Brian Concordia - Landscape DesignerBrian joined Bruss in 2021 and brings over a decade of landscape industry experience to the team. He received his Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois and enjoys the creative challenges that come with working through design, plant selection, and construction.
Bekki Mihelich - Landscape DesignerWith 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 DesignerAfter 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.
Janice Beyer - Office ManagerJanice joined the Bruss team in 2018. She brings many skills from the Lawn & Garden Distribution industry to Bruss. Over the past year Janice has learned the ins and outs of our company and become the new backbone of our office.
Martin Garcia - Planting ForemanAs one of our elder statesmen, we’ve been relying on Martin’s expertise and can-do attitude since 2003.
Everardo Mondragon - Construction ForemanWith Bruss Landscaping since 2003, Eve’s construction capabilities help set our projects apart.
Arturo Rodriguez - Construction ForemanWith Bruss Landscaping since 2004, Arturo’s craftsmanship is unparalleled and his ability to problem solve project challenges are fantastic.
Angel Pulido - Service TechnicianWorking with Bruss Landscaping since 2007, Angel is our landscape lighting specialist and regular service foreman.
Rafael Duran - Planting ForemanDedicated and knowledgeable, Rafael has been part of the Bruss team since 2011.
Jose Mora - ForemanWhile 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 - MechanicSince joining us in 2015, Roberto has become indispensable as our shop mechanic and every day Mr. Fixit.
Juan Pena - Foreman in trainingJuan joined the Bruss team in 2017 and has quickly proven to be a valuable team member. In 2018 Juan was given his first opportunity to run a crew and has performed exceptionally well.