For Jim Engledow, third generation CEO of Engledow Group and the director of our Estates division, plants aren’t just a business—they’re a passion.
It began in 1978, after Jim graduated from Wabash College, when he took a part-time position working for the Interior Plantscape division of Engledow Group. It was originally meant to be a short-term situation, but Jim fell in love with the work, and never looked back.
In his spare time, Jim keeps busy volunteering and serving in the community. He is currently President of the Carmel-Clay Board of Parks and Recreation, on the board of the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, President of the Beta Theta Pi Housing Corporation at Wabash College, and was even named the Most Valuable Volunteer by the Carmel-Clay Chamber of Commerce in 2004.
Although Jim’s a busy guy, he’s never too busy to stop and appreciate the beauty of a plant in full bloom.
Todd Engledow is currently the chief financial officer for Engledow Group, and an invaluable member of the administrative team. After all, it’s in his blood.
Todd’s job involves working with the management team to help shape strategy and goals for Engledow Group through careful organization and financially-focused decision making. He’s constantly looking for ways to improve the company—not only from a financial perspective, but also from a service perspective.
Todd serves as a president’s council member at the Indiana Sports Corporation, working to advance its mission to promote Indiana as an attractive place to live, work, and visit through sports and sporting events. In his free time, there’s nothing Todd enjoys more than spending time with his family, which includes his wife Natalie, and his three children, Patrick, Will, and Amelia.
As the senior member of the Engledow family and part owner of the company, Jack Engledow has almost seven decades in the business. And Jack wouldn’t have been working for Engledow Group this long if he didn’t love the work.
Jack started at Engledow Group as a “rake operator” when he was 14 years old. A hard worker, Jack quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming president of the company. He remained in the position until his brother Ed succeeded him in 1968.
Jack spent the next several years earning his doctorate, then taught at the IU School of Business and served as Dean of the Butler College of Business Administration. Jack’s significant business knowledge makes him a valuable consultant for the company whenever he’s needed.
While Jack Engledow might have the most years of experience working for Engledow Group, his brother Ed is close behind with more than five decades with the company. Ed led Engledow Group through more than 30 years of constant growth and change. In his current role at Engledow he serves as Chairman, and Ed spends much of his time as a consultant and community representative for Engledow.
Ed has served on Purdue University’s College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, the Butler University Center for Faith and Vocation Advisory council, as president of the Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association, president of Phillips Music Guild, and on the Indiana Wind Symphony Board of Directors. And while he’s been involved with all of these organizations, Ed has always found time to help the family business.
Soon after receiving his degree in Horticulture from Purdue University, one of Rick Perdue’s professors recommended he contact Engledow Group about a job. Rick took his advice, and he’s still with Engledow to this day.
As Director of Exterior Maintenance at Engledow Group, Rick’s the guy in charge of making sure all Engledow customers love their landscape—and that properties are always looking their best. His approach to working at Engledow is simple: he strives to stay positive and achieve excellent customer service. And ever since Rick started working for Engledow Group full-time in 1992, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Every company needs someone to make sure operations are running smoothly. At Engledow Group, Lael George is that someone.
Two years after graduating from Purdue with a degree in Horticulture, Lael started working for Engledow Group as a horticulture technician. Now, she’s the director of Engledow’s commercial and residential interior plantscaping division. She’s responsible for ordering all materials, organizing employee training, and overseeing account managers, horticulture technicians, and installation crews.
In addition to her work at Engledow, Lael is currently serving on the OFA Board of Directors and the FFA CDE Planning Committee for Nursery and Landscape. She’s busy to be sure, but Lael loves her work—and so do we.
Director of Construction Services and Registered Landscape Architect Rick Roberts has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years—the last 12 of them at Engledow Group.
Rick’s years of experience, especially working with various public sector clients throughout the country, have brought invaluable expertise to Engledow Group. And that’s no surprise since Rick has overseen more than $25 million in capital improvements throughout his career.
But Rick doesn’t just work in the landscaping industry—he’s taught it too. He served as Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture at Ball State University for 17 years, passing on his wealth of knowledge to a whole new generation of landscape architects.
Kevin Nanny, who received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Indiana University, has been a part of the Engledow team for more than 25 years. Originally hired in a sales capacity, Kevin was a skilled account manager. Over time, however, it became clear that Kevin’s true calling was event planning and management.
Kevin eventually became Engledow’s Events Director, a job that makes full use of his creative talents. He approaches each event as a unique opportunity—a chance to help his clients convey their own creative vision while adding a memorable and distinctly professional touch.
So the next time you need a world-class event coordinator, be sure to talk with Kevin. His events aren’t just impressive. They’re unforgettable.
As the Director of Design, Donny leads Engledow Estates’ efforts in providing residential clients with sophisticated and highly creative landscape, hardscape, and outdoor lighting designs.
His love of landscaping and design was cultivated in his youth while working for a garden center. Since then, Donny has spent many years working for landscaping companies across the United States—most recently at Litchfield Landscape from 1996-2010, when Litchfield merged with Engledow.
Donny’s expertise does not stop with landscapes. His talents with hardscapes as an ICPI Advanced Residential Specialist and Certified Concrete Paver Installer, along with his NCMA installer certifications, have inspired him to help train fellow contractors as an Authorized Instructor for ICPI. Donny is frequently teaching classes throughout the US and Canada. Donny also serves on as the in-coming Chair of the ICPI Construction Committee, and on the ICPI Education Committee and HNA Contractor Education Committee, as well as serving as a Judge for the HNA Installer Championships, and the HNA Hardscape Awards. At Engledow we know that every installation deserves to be installed with the industry’s best practices, and we appreciate being able to deliver that quality to our customers.
Donny’s landscape background—as well as his passion for all things green and growing—promises to keep Engledow Estates the number one name in high-end landscape design in central Indiana for years to come.