Bruce Stone



Bruce’s passion for the green industry is evidenced by his 33 years as Owner and President of Yard Smart, Inc.  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 30 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.  He continuously strives to improve the business by participating in professional development opportunities throughout the region and working with the Yard Smart crews and clients to meet and exceed their expectations.  Bruce is also an active member of the Cleveland Southwest Safety Council and the Strongsville Chamber of Commerce.

Mike SAlkiewicz

Mike SAlkiewicz

Field Manager

Field Manager

Mike is a key member of the Yard Smart production crew and oversees the production crews to ensure job completion and client satisfaction.  Mike is certified by the Ohio Landscape and Nurserymen’s Association as an Ohio Certified Nursery Technician (OCNT) and is certified by the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) as a Snow Manager.  Mike has been providing leadership to Yard Smart crews for over seven years and participates in professional development certification courses in both production and leadership.

COlleen Stone

Company Administrator

With over 25 years of experience in administration, Colleen is responsible for the overall coordination of the programs and projects of Yard Smart for both clients and team members. Colleen is an active member of the Cleveland Southwest Safety Council and also serves on the planning board of that council.  In addition, Colleen oversees our participation in the BWC Drug-Free Workplace Program, the BWC health and wellness program, and numerous other regional safety and human resource organizations.   

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. Cathi is responsible for meeting with clients to discuss their ideas and share her own ideas regarding their outdoor living space.  Cathi takes ideas and turns them into concept drawings and completed hand-drawn designs.  Her love for the industry and for landscape design is evident in her work and creativity. She is an award winning designer for both residential and commercial design.

James Ramey

James Ramey


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.

Kate Stone

Graduating with Bachelors Degrees in Business Management and Marketing from Tiffin University. Kate joined Yard Smart in 2018 uses her expertise to market the company through numerous social media platforms and continues her education as a landscape design intern.  Kate’s creativity and strong business sense has been influential in the company. Kate is frequently updating the sites with our latest job photographs and information.

Social Media Manager/Landscape Design Intern

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