John P. O’Reilly
John O'Reilly

Vice President of Operations

Bachelor of Arts, Western Illinois University

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional

John has been with Otten Bros. for the better part of the last 22 years, starting as a seasonal employee just out of college in 1991 and working his way up to VP of Operations in 2007.  His personal emphasis is on running an effective and safe operation that delivers exceptional customer service:  if a client isn’t happy with the work we do, he wants to hear about it personally. He is proud to work with an inspired team of design professionals who create and install gardens and outdoor living spaces for thousands of families throughout the Twin Cities.

John O’Reilly
952-201-0810
j.oreilly@ottenbros.com

Doug Geesaman
Doug Geesaman

Landscape Manager

AAS Degree in Horticultural Science, Hawkeye Technical Institute

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional

Doug has been in the nursery & landscape industry for over 40 years. Following graduation Doug spent 6 years in a family owned nursery, garden center and landscape company in Iowa. Moving to Minneapolis in 1979, his time has primarily been spent in residential and commercial landscape markets. Doug’s understanding of the industry comes from his experiences as a foreman, a grower, seasonal garden center sales, an operations manager, a buyer, a landscape designer and an owner.

“You don’t stay in this business as long as I have unless you love it. We can make a real difference, not only on how your property looks, but have an impact on its value, as well. We turn your dreams into a reality.”

Doug Geesaman
952-486-0934
d.geesaman@ottenbros.com

Mark Kobilka
Mark Kobilka

Landscape Designer

AAS Degree in Landscape Technology & Design, Brainerd Technical College

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional

Mark has over 35 years of design/build experience at Otten Bros.  He believes that it is truly an exciting time to be a landscape designer.  With people demanding more from their landscapes, Mark is confident that he can create dynamic, functional and beautiful outdoor living spaces and landscapes.

Patios, water features, fire pits, pergolas, outdoor kitchens & four season gardens are just a few of the design elements that Mark loves to incorporate into his landscapes.

“Developing creative solutions for my client’s needs is my passion.  With my love of all elements of landscaping and my years of experience, I can create spaces that are not only beautiful but functional, as well.”

“I would love to help you with your project!”

Mark Kobilka
952-201-0710
m.kobilka@ottenbros.com

Holly Kelly
Holly Kelly

Landscape Designer

AAS Degree in Landscape Design and Construction, Hennepin Technical College

AAS Degree in Horticulture, Hennepin Technical College

Holly believes that your home landscape should reflect your lifestyle and personality, and at the same time must be sustainable in its environment.  The most important part of the design process for Holly is her relationship with her clients because their preferences are the driving force of the project.  Holly enjoys integrating the selection and placement of plant materials with hardscapes such as walls, walkways, patios and the architecture of the home. Always aware of affordability, Holly strives to maximize each customer’s individual budget. The bottom line is that every landscape design should be beautiful as well as functional.

Landscape design is Holly’s second career.  She has bachelor (St. Olaf College) and master degrees (University of Minnesota) in health care, and owned a successful home health care business for many years.  A life-long gardener and home landscaper, Holly always dreamed of turning her avocation into her vocation.  After raising seven children, Holly returned to school at Hennepin Technical College in the Landscape and Horticulture degree program.

“With the seasonality of Minnesota, our personal landscapes must please us year round – both as we experience them outdoors, but also as we look at them from inside our homes.

Holly Kelly
612-559-7101
h.kelly@ottenbros.com

Robert LaFavor
Rob LaFavor

Landscape Architect

Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional

Rob began his career at Otten Bros. over 40 years ago.   Before receiving his degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota, Rob was hired by Otten Bros. as their only full time landscape designer.

Landscape projects large or small, Rob truly enjoys meeting and working with clients to create practical and beautiful solutions to their landscape needs. From the first inception of ideas, through the installation process, he has made it a priority that his clients receive all the information they need to make the right decisions about their landscape and the services Otten Bros. offers.

“I like to incorporate photo imaging in my design process to help my clients visualize their proposed project.”

Client testimonial’s available upon request.

Robert LaFavor
952-201-0310
r.lafavor@ottenbros.com

Kendall Larson

Landscape Designer

AAS Degree in Landscape Technology, Hennepin Technical College

AAs Degree in Landscape Design and Construction, Hennepin Technical College

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Professional

Kendall has been involved with landscaping projects for 35 years and has recently joined the team at Otten Bros. He enjoys sharing his years of experience and knowledge with his colleagues as well as his clients on their projects.

Among the hundreds of residential designs and projects, Kendall has exceeded expectations and overcome challenges to be given several awards from MNLA and national associations.

The first step to any landscape project, small or large, starts with the on-site meeting with the clients. Kendall realizes and understands that this is a crucial step in visualizing his client’s dreams and listening to their ideas. Combining the client needs and the site possibilities into a functional and distinctive design solution is what Kendall thrives on. The outdoor landscape is both a design and a functional impression of a home’s interior and architecture.

Today we are limitless with the design elements available to create unique, dramatic and functional solutions when renovating an existing landscape or starting from scratch with a newly built home.

After design completion and installation starts, our experienced install crew begins the transformation part into what we call the “wow factor”.

Any landscape needs maturing and Kendall can provide that along with the tools and knowledge to make it evolve. Kendall continues his skill and experience by attending industry seminars and serving on industry and city advisory committees.

Kendall Larson
952-607-5931
k.larson@ottenbros.com

Mark Howard Schriever
Howie Schriever

University of Minnesota Landscape Architecture

Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional

Mark’s career began as a plant enthusiast working with a local nursery in Rochester, MN. His interests led him to the Landscape Architecture program at the University of Minnesota and the design/ build world of landscaping. He joined the team at Otten Bros. as a designer in 1982.

He enjoys the collaborative planning process and churning ideas with clients to develop designs that match their lifestyle. He designs in many styles from classic, casual, informal, contemporary, and natural.

His strong, practical design skills, experience with new construction as well as landscape renovations show his distinctive competencies as a designer and project manager. He continues his education by attending industry seminars and volunteering on industry committees.

Mark ‘Howie’ Schriever
mh.schriever@ottenbros.com
952-201-2811

Carly Snee
Carly Snee

Landscape Designer

AAS Degree in Landscape Design and Construction, Hennepin Technical College

Carly’s interest in landscaping began with her first after-school job working in a neighborhood garden center, where she enjoyed spending her summers outdoors and helping customers find the perfect plant.  Years later, that interest inspired her to go back to school for a degree in Landscape Design. Carly feels that the best part of working in landscape design is the process of problem-solving: each project is unique, and with the many plants and building materials available, the possibilities are endless! She enjoys working with clients to tailor their landscape to their needs, creating functional spaces to complement their home and reflect their personal style.

Carly Snee
612-716-9692
c.snee@ottenbros.com