For over quarter century Owen Brothers has created some of the finest public and private landscapes on Long Island. We are an exception in our ability to execute every element of the project in-house, with remarkable control and efficiency. By investing in our own equipment and assembling our teams from an in-house pool of qualified, experienced and insured personnel, we maintain efficiency, responsiveness and quality control for superior project results.
All members of the Owen team – from the gardeners to the machine operators and the management – work together as one. Each team is assebled with all the necessary expertise for the job. Our philosophy is to promote from within to ensure good work ethic and structured, ground-up experience for all emplyees. The majority of our staff members have been with us for well over a decade.
The majority of our staff members have been with us for well over a decade.
JEFFREY OWEN, PRESIDENT
"You know, when I think back it makes sense now, how I got here." says Jeff Owen, President of Owen Brothers, "I worked on golf courses since I was twelve years old, and then when I was attending the School of Visual Arts in New York, I worked for other landscaping companies and mowed lawns to support myself. Now I still have the opportunity to create, but instead of using, say, paint or clay, I get to use organic materials - and on a much larger scale."
Large trees are a special area of interest for Jeff, and he has on many occasions committed company resources in order to rescue healthy older specimens in danger of being cut down and discarded. "I love large trees," he says, "When someone wants to get rid of them for no reason, I can't let that happen". A union equipment operator, Jeff still takes a hands-on approach to his work. Despite running a growing company, it's not at all unusual to see Jeff jump into a pay loader and do whatever needs to be done on a job site.
An avid golfer and Trustee for the Village of Old Field, Jeff has over 25 years experience in landscape development. He is admittedly proud of Owen Brothers' excellent reputation and, though satisfied with having built a well-respected company, looks forward to bringing Owen Brothers' expertise and approach to new areas.
JOE CALISE, PROJECT MANAGER
"I like taking something that's on paper and making it happen – making it real," says Joe Calise, Production Manager for Owen Brothers. "For me, it's all about getting the end result right."
An expert mason who holds a number of advanced certifications, Joe's love of building led to a masonry apprenticeship with his uncle starting at age 13. "In a way, I really did learn from the ground up," he says. "I began to see how every step in the process worked and now, twenty years in, I can see the whole picture and understand how to keep a project moving, regardless of what might come up."
"I also understand that even when challenges occur – and they do over the course of a big project – we always have a commitment to our clients first, and have to figure out the most efficient solutions."
When he's not on-site with Owen, Joe serves as Captain in the Middle Island Fire Department. "I like to help people, and I like to give back," he says. "It's a big commitment, but it means a lot."
"I'm never content," says Joe. "I like to keep growing. I think that's why I like it here at Owen – we share the same mindset, so it's a perfect fit."
CHRIS MILLMANN, SENIOR LANDSCAPE DESIGNER
With 15 years experience in Landscape Design, Chris Millmann came by his profession in a somewhat unusual way. "To be honest, I was just curious about the differences between Maple trees" he says, "It was really that simple. I took a few courses, one thing led to another and I fell in love with it."
Chris holds degrees in Landscape Design and Horticulture as well as additional Certifications in AutoCAD and Mechanical Drawing, among others. Despite his technological proficiency, he creates all of his initial renderings and elevations by hand before transferring them to the computer.
"There's something organic about hand-drawing." he says, "For me, the process of using my hands first somehow allows me to 'see' things better, to get a better feel for how design elements will really work."
An admitted tinkerer and lifelong learner, Chris counts finished carpentry and automotive restoration among his hobbies. Not surprisingly, this same drive to create and renovate influences his approach to his work: "I like putting it all together," says Chris, "Not everything's a scratch build — some landscapes get wrecked, and I love that we get to come in and re-create them, and bring them back to a beautiful state. Plus, we create so much value when we do that — the end result is very satisfying."
"We were really taken by the nuances of Chris' designs" said one client " We'd seen a number of sketches from other designers before meeting Chris, but his sense of balance and proportion really made his work stand out — nothing was too heavy. Everything flowed."
MARC WEINSTEIN, MAINTENANCE MANAGER
In his role as Maintenance Manager for Owen Brothers Landscape Development, every day presents a new opportunity for Marc to put his strong background in sales, management, and landscape design to good use. He is also an ISA Certified Arborist, NYSDEC Registered Pesticide Applicator and NYS Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional.
"It's funny," says Marc, "But I enjoy both management and design, which seems like sort of an odd combination. But here at Owen, by combining these two skill sets we've developed a program which really improves the way we approach maintenance, which is critical to the long-term success of our projects."
Marc takes a very hands-on approach to his work, which finds him on-site most days keeping tabs on every aspect of Owen's maintenance staff as soon as action is needed. He is in charge of performing and interpreting all soil analyses, as well as selective pruning and other maintenance duties designed to promote and maintain healthy growth.
Under his direction, the company's Landscape Management Division has grown rapidly. "Each year it seems that we're either adding more staff or more equipment to manage the jobs. We're growing. We keep our customers happy, and business is good." expertise and approach to new areas.
- FULL-SERVICE DESIGN & INSTALLATION
- IN-HOUSE NURSERY
- LARGE TREE HANDLING
- CUSTOM POOLS
- ENTRY GATES
- GREEN ROOF
- PROPERTY MAINTENANCE
- RESIDENTIAL (ALL SCALES)
- COMMERCIAL (ALL SCALES)
- PUBLIC / MUNICIPAL (ALL SCALES)
- NEW DESIGN + BUILD
- SPECIALTY INSTALLATIONS
- SOIL REMEDIATION
- EXISTING LANDSCAPE RESTORATION
Instead of solely relying on a single project manager, we employ a team of professionals always mindful of project goals and encouraged to provide input. This management team acts as the hub, controlling projects – not from offices far away – but from on-site, every day. Our hierarchical command structure does not dictate that communications only flow in one direction; instead, we encourage and give equal weight to the observations and suggestions of every crewmember. This structured yet flexible, people-driven management model enables us to ensure that projects run on time, on budget, and to both our own and our client's exacting standards.
A NOTE ON SAFETY
Providing a safe work environment for both ourselves and our clients is always the first order of business. Safety training and compliance in all phases provides peace-of-mind for both ourselves and our clients, and uninterrupted workflow throughout the project phases.
Each member of our staff is:
- OSHA-10 certified
- Drug tested on a regular basis
- Specially trained for every piece of equipment used
- Required to wear uniforms, safety vests, hard hats and protective work boots on-site during all construction phases
- Required to fully comply with state and regional laws