Gib Durden, CLP

Position: Vice President Business Development

Gib has been in the landscape business since graduating from the University of Georgia (Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture, 1990), and has been with HighGrove since 1997. Prior to his time with HighGrove, he worked as an entry level Landscape Architect at the Fulton County Grounds Department and was able to work on the Wolf Creek Skeet, Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clay Range, which was a venue during the 1996 Olympics. After two years with the county, he made the move to golf course maintenance and was at Druid Hills Golf Club for five years, ending his tenure as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. Since joining HighGrove, Gib has worked with clients on developing landscape management programs and has held numerous positions in the landscape maintenance division. In January of 2020, he began a new venture within the company, leading the Design/Build operations, bringing him full circle to the work he did at the beginning of his career.

Mark Knaggs

Position: Vice President of Sales & Client Services

With a BBA in Marketing from Georgia State University, and an MBA in Finance from Kennesaw State University, Mark has a proven track record with over 35 years’ experience in sales, sales management, and marketing. Mark has extensive experience in developing and providing customized solutions to many Fortune 500 companies. These effective solutions were all based on one simple philosophy: a passionate commitment to understand and listen to the specific needs of the client. Since joining HighGrove in 2008, Mark’s role has focused on leading and developing HG’s Client Relations Managers in attaining their client retention and sales goals.

Erin McCutcheon, CPA

Position: Chief Financial Officer

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Masters in Accounting and of Florida State University with a Bachelor in Finance, Erin has over 20 years’ experience in corporate accounting and financial management. Erin began her career at Arthur Andersen as a Valuation Staff Accountant and spent three more years in public accounting as a Tax Senior. After moving to private industry, she spent nearly 11 years working as a Controller in the construction and renovation field. In her role as Chief Financial Officer at HighGrove, Erin oversees all financial elements of the company, including strategic planning, corporate accounting and reporting, risk management, internal controls, tax management, treasury, budgeting, and various special projects.

Gary Tomlinson

Position: Vice President Operations

Gary brings over 30 years of experience to HighGrove, in all aspects of the commercial landscape industry. Since joining HighGrove in 2007, Gary’s role as Vice President of Operations is focused on leading and developing the operations team, in all aspects, including maintenance, turf management, enhancements, irrigation, arbor care, safety, fleet management and purchasing.

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As HighGrove Partners continues to grow  and play a leading role in the green industry  , we recognize that our greatest challenge in finding great people. Our team members are our most vital asset and we strive to retain and develop them to their fullest potential. If you're interested in an exciting career in the green industry, we hope you consider HighGrove Partners