OUR TEAM

At Horizon, we are proud of our team of employees. Through formal education, on-site training, and many combined years of work experience, we have built a strong base of men and women who maintain the highest level of workmanship. Many landscape contractors in the Bergen County, NJ area, though they employ some year-round employees, will still sustain a high turnover rate with seasonal help. Horizon is proud of the fact that our entire landscaping team returns to work year after year. Many have been with us for 20 years or more. As employers, we make every effort to be flexible, understanding, generous, and helpful. In return have been rewarded with a loyal, reliable, and hard-working team.

Horizon Landscape Team

Education

In addition to formal education in the field of ornamental horticulture, continuing education is achieved through courses attended through Rutgers University, community colleges, continuing education courses, Dale Carnegie courses, NJ Irrigation Association technical courses, NJ State Landscape trade seminars, and in-house training.

Michael Kukol – President

Landscaping Team - Michael KukolMike’s love for the landscape industry goes back to his childhood when he watched his dad cut their own lawn, first with a reel mower and later with a gas-powered mower.  When he was big enough, he started pushing that mower around his block, mowing lawns for his neighbors. In high school, he worked for a local landscaping business, where he learned much about the trade.

In 1976, fresh from college with a degree in horticulture and a jar of spare change, Mike launched Horizon Landscape Company.  Since then, the company has grown and diversified every year. From that one-man mowing operation, Horizon has become an industry leader that North Jersey families and companies know and trust for landscape maintenance, construction, irrigation, lighting and snow services.

Mike is active in state-level industry leadership, holding seats on the NJ Landscape Contractors Association, NJ Green Industry Council, Irrigation Association of NJ, State of NJ Landscape Irrigation Contractors Examining Board.

When he is not in the office, Mike enjoys traveling with his wife Joanne, training his dog Coco, and spending time with his family at their cabins in upstate New York.

Lorean Zimmerman  – Maintenance and Enhancement Account Management & Sales

Landscaping Team - Lorean Zimmerman

Lorean has been involved in the landscape Industry since 2001. As a former owner of a local NJ Landscaping Company, she brings extensive knowledge and experience in Landscape Construction, Lawn Care and Enhancements to Horizon Landscape. Lorean joined Horizon in 2021 playing an essential role in the Maintenance Department, stemming from her commitment to customer satisfaction and through personal relationships with our clients. She holds an associate degree from FIT and a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Buying & Retail with a minor in Business Administration from Mercyhurst College. As an Account Manager, Lorean works closely with our existing clients and provides enhancement services for current and new clients. With over 20 years of experience in the Green Industry, she possesses comprehensive understanding of Sales, Quality Control, Client Services and Landscape Management.

Lorean enjoys spending time gardening, taking long walks, reading, and vacationing in the Islands.

Chris Tanzola – Landscape Design and Construction, Enhancement & Snow Sales

Landscaping Team - Chris Tanzola

Chris comes from his former position as a Project Manger at a local NJ Landscaping Company and brings with him extensive knowledge and experience in the Landscape Construction and Enhancement Industry. Since joining Horizon in 2017, Chris works with homeowners and property managers designing and creating beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces and landscape enhancement services for current and new clients. In addition, he also develops strong relationships with commercial property owners and managers to expand snow services in Northwest Bergen County.  He started in the landscape industry at a young age and has gained knowledge and experience in every aspect of landscaping. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from William Paterson University. Chris enjoys working closely with clients and seeing every property transform and the client’s vision come to life.

Chris enjoys spending time with friends at the lake or the shore.

Shawn Kukol – Landscape Production Manager / Commercial Snow & Ice Sales & Operations

Landscaping Team - Shawn Kukol

Shawn has been a part of Horizon since an early age and has been involved in the business since 2007. In 2017, Shawn became the manager for the Commercial Snow and Ice Sales & Operations department, participating in and producing the highest grossing year. He also spearheaded and implemented the complete execution of our in-house Brine program. With experience in many phases of the landscape industry, in 2020 he joined the Landscape Construction Division as a Supervisor overseeing construction of each project from start to finish, including project management, operate machinery, manage crews, interact with clients and ensure the goals of each job are met and exceeded.  His passion and knowledge for the industry keeps Horizon on the cutting edge of landscape and snow services.

Shawn is a certified member of ASCA Accredited Snow Contractors Association, SIMA Snow and Ice Management Association, and NJLCA New Jersey Landscape Association and has received a Fisher Factory Certification.  From Sales to Operations, Shawn strives to provide the best quality service and technological advances in the Landscape and Snow & Ice industry. His previous experience as a foreman and sales supervisor in the tree care industry has given him the ability to manage sales and operations efficiently and effectively.

Shawn enjoys spending his weekends in the outdoors with family and friends.

Michael Auffret – Irrigation & Landscape Lighting Supervisor

Landscaping Team - Michael Auffret

Mike Auffret’s passion for the green industry has existed for over 35 years. He went from cutting lawns to a licensed pesticide applicator to finally becoming a licensed irrigation contractor. Mike joined Horizon Landscape in 2003 as a technician in the irrigation and lighting division. Progressing through the department, he gained years of experience and in 2019 was promoted as the Division Supervisor. As the Supervisor, his responsibilities include sales, supervising installation and service crews, interacting with clients, training new technicians, and performing quality reviews.

Mike takes a personal, service-oriented approach to every residential and commercial client relationship, and is committed to quality and flawless execution.

Mike enjoys spending time outdoors racing motorcycles, skydiving, mountain climbing, scuba diving and hunting.

Karishma Ramani – Sales and Marketing Manager

Landscaping Team - Karishma

Karishma joined Horizon Landscape Company in 2015 with over 16 years of experience in Marketing and Business Management. A graduate of Rutgers Business School with a BS in Marketing, her passion for Marketing continues to grow with the market changes and trends. With her former position in the Green Industry for 11 years and prior experience of owning her own business, she brings her expertise to the company as a Sales and Marketing Manager.

At Horizon, Karishma helps lead and manage the Sales team through the sales process and helps achieve potential sales goals. As head of Marketing, her goal is ensuring company growth by developing, managing, and implementing marketing plans and continually improving marketing results for the company.

In addition to working, Karishma is also passionate about spending time with family, cooking, working out, reading, and performing ministry work.

Nicholas Bushnell – Head Mechanic

Landscaping Team - Nicholas

Nicholas joined Horizon Landscape in 2016 as the head mechanic with thirteen years of service and repair experience in automotive and machinery. His duties include, but are not limited to, scheduled maintenance services, diagnostics, repairs, fabrication and inspections on all company vehicles and equipment.

Nicholas holds a CTE certification in small engine repair from BOCES of NYS. He has also successfully completed the Fisher Factory Authorized Service Training program which focuses on operation theory, trouble shooting and diagnostics on the latest technological advances in plow and spreaders.

Nicholas enjoys anything related to motorsports in his downtime.

Deb Van Schepen – Irrigation and Lighting Administrator

Landscaping Team - Deb VanSchepan

Deb joined Horizon Landscape in 2007 as a part time Office Administrator with several general office duties. Her position ultimately evolved into a full time Irrigation and Landscape Lighting department administrator. Her responsibilities include scheduling of all service appointments, billing, account maintenance, and communication between the irrigation and lighting crews and the manager. Deb oversees the development and execution of all irrigation and lighting service contracts, and provides the crews with detailed work orders and routing map for each day’s appointments. She also maintains truck repair and maintenance logs for the company’s fleet of vehicles. Deb worked in the “not-for-profit sector” for over 30 years prior to working at Horizon.

In her spare time, she enjoys a good book and vacationing in the mountains.

Michele Morrow – Landscape Administrator & Accounts Payable

Landscaping Team - Michele Morrow

Michele  joined Horizon Landscape in 2017 as a part-time receptionist and accounts payable. In addition, she also handles all administrative responsibilities for the Landscape department.  As a former Customer Service Coordinator, her organizational skills and ability to handle challenges helps the department run more efficiently.

Michele received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Berkeley College of Business. After 10 years with an extrusion company in Ramsey, she took time off to raise her two sons.

She enjoys spending time with her family, watching soccer games and baking.