Meet the Team

Bruce Stone

BRUCE STONE, OCNT

PRESIDENT

Bruce began mowing grass as a young boy in the Rocky River area and has worked endless hours to grow the company into the success that it is over 35 years later. Bruce is certified by the Ohio Landscape and Nurserymen’s Association as an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) and is licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture for turf and pesticide care.

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JAMES RAMEY

MECHANIC

James is responsible for the overall maintenance of Yard Smart’s fleet of over 25 trucks and trailers and all of the mowers and equipment that are utilized by our crews on a daily basis.  James is a certified ASE mechanic and has worked diligently to uphold all safety measures available in the vehicles and equipment. He celebrated 10 years with Yard Smart in 2020!

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JACK STONE

SAFETY COORDINATOR

Jacks role within the company includes both working in the field, as well as in the office. He works on a mow crew as well as attends local safety council meetings, and has roles within human resources. He is also often working behind the scenes to capture videos and photography for the company utilizing his degree from Bowling Green University. 

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CATHI AUFDENKAMPE

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Cathi joined the Yard Smart team in 2014 sharing her expertise and love of design with our clients.  Cathi is formally educated, and certified in residential design by the Ohio Landscape Association.  She is an award winning designer for both residential and commercial design.

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KATE STONE, OCNT

ADMINISTRATOR

Graduating with Bachelors Degrees in Business Management and Marketing from Tiffin University in 2018, Kate utilizes her education to fulfill many roles within the company. She is eager to fill any position as needed and is currently learning the processes of the company both in the field and alongside Bruce. Kate is certified by the Ohio Landscape and Nurserymen's Association as an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) and a current student of Tri-C's Plant Science and Landscape Technology program.  She is also actively involved in the Ohio Landscape Association as the Awards Committee Chair, as well as assisting with the Education and Programs Committees, and was elected onto the Board of Directors in 2022. 

Brian Pete

BRIAN PETE, OCNT

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Brian started with the company in Fall of 2020. Utilizing his experience in property maintenance and management he oversees all of the crews daily, while also leading a horticulture crew and training team members. Brian is certified by the Ohio Landscape and Nurserymen's Association as an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT). 

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DANIELLE CARUSI

OFFICE MANAGER

Danielle is the welcoming voice you receive when calling our office and manages the office location. Utilizing a degree in Business Management and Marketing, she keeps the company operating smoothly and efficiently and assists with the creation of advertisements. She is an asset to the company and a key point of contact for our clients.  

While we have a great group of key individuals within the company, the company is also successful because of our team members in production! While some stay for a season, others have been with Yard Smart for many years. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication to the industry and company.