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.
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
Mike’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.
Edward Thomas – General Manager and Landscape Management
Edward Thomas has been involved in the landscape industry since 1964 when he started raking clippings and pushing a mower for his neighbor’s landscape business in high school. Ed started at Horizon Landscape on Valentine’s Day in 1983, and is currently in charge of our landscape management services. During his time here, Ed has been a driving force in bringing great organization and leadership skills to our company. Ed has played an essential role in the growth of the company, stemming from his commitment to customer satisfaction and through personal relationships with his clients.
Ed Thomas and Mike Kukol go back many years. Prior to the founding of Horizon Landscape Company, Ed was the foreman at another company and Mike was his laborer. Ed has received certificates from Dale Carnegie Training in sales and leadership, is certified by the State of NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection in Pesticide Application and Management, and was a member of Echo Inc.’s Professional Landscaper Council. His leadership experience extends to his personal life, where he serves as Clerk and an Elder of Session for his church and sings in the choir. As an Eagle Scout, he has also served as Cubmaster of Pack 88 and Scoutmaster of Troop 88 in Waldwick, NJ.
During his free time Ed enjoys a good game of golf.
Shaun Thomson – Landscape Designer
Shaun’s passion for landscape design began in high school, when he took a job cutting and maintaining lawns in his local community. Passion became ambition, and he followed it into Bergen Community College, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Landscape Design/Build. He then went on to Rutgers University for his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. During his time at Rutgers, Shaun joined Horizon as an intern, working in the Maintenance and Construction division from the summer of 2011 until his transition to designing in 2014. He is now part of Horizon’s full-time staff, specializing in creative and environmentally sustainable landscape design. Shaun’s strength is his understanding of what a project requires from the ground up. His greatest satisfaction is working hand in hand with clients to create their dream landscape.
Shaun enjoys spending time with his family, surfing, snowboarding, training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, hiking, and traveling.
Samuel Braithwaite – Landscape Production Supervisor
Sam was born in the North of England and moved to the US at the age of 16. Playing in the dirt since childhood, he enjoyed working outside with his hands and found himself drawn further in the landscape field. Sam joined Horizon in the winter of 2017 as a Landscape Construction Supervisor with experience in many phases of the landscape industry, from cutting and maintaining lawns to managing multiple crews and large-scale installations. Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from The College of New Jersey and gained extensive knowledge in the landscape industry by working for himself and for a number of landscaping companies in New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia. As the Landscape Construction Supervisor, Sam oversees construction of each project from start to finish, performs detailed inspections, manages crews, operates machinery, interacts with clients, and ensures that the goals of each job are met and exceeded.
Sam enjoys riding on, or working on his motorcycle when he manages to have some down time.
Kurt Heidecke – Landscape Supervisor
Kurt has been with Horizon Landscape since 1990 when he started with our landscape construction department. He has worked in all of our divisions and is a multi-talented employee. He is responsible for field management, site development and transforming a landscape from design to a living, breathing, outdoor experience. Over the years, Kurt’s attention to detail has developed an expertise for recognizing the little things that will make your landscape look extraordinary.
Tom Hartigan – Irrigation and Landscape Lighting Supervisor
Tom worked at UPS for 18 years in Management before realizing his love for the outdoors and his passion for landscape irrigation and lighting design. Tom joined Horizon Landscape in 2008 as the Irrigation Supervisor, shortly after he took on the responsibilities of creating a new division for Landscape Lighting. Certified by the New Jersey Rutgers Agricultural School for Irrigation System Design and Installation and a Certified Landscape Lighting LED designer and installer by Unique Lighting Systems, Tom excels in providing creative and functional design and installation solutions for every project. As the manager for the lighting and irrigation division, his responsibilities include sales, supervising installation and service crews, interacting with clients, training new technicians, and performing quality reviews.
Tom is also certified as a Backflow Tester by New England Water Works and completed his “Lighting and Technology and Education” certification by Unique Lighting Systems in California. He has designed and installed many award winning projects recognized by the NJLCA and Turf Design Build Magazine.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs Murphy and Cody, and is a Ducati enthusiast.
Chris Tanzola – Landscape Enhancement & Snow Sales
Chris Tanzola joined Horizon Landscape in 2017 as a Landscape Enhancement Salesperson. Chris works with homeowners and property managers providing upgrades and enhancement programs to 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. Prior to joining Horizon Landscape, Chris was a construction project manager at a NJ landscaping company. He 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.
Tim Grosman – Maintenance Production Supervisor
Tim Grosman’s love and passion for landscaping has existed since childhood. He always remained dedicated to the field whether he was working in his yard or for neighbors in his community. Tim pursued his dream by earning a degree in Bachelor of Technology in Plant Science where courses such as Turf Grass Management, Soil Science, Plant Pathology and Botany would allow him to achieve the knowledge he needed to pursue his professional career.
In 2009, shortly after graduation, Tim joined Horizon Landscape as a Chemical Applicator and was later promoted to Maintenance Production Supervisor. Tim holds a Pesticide Applicators License and is a Certified Fertilizer Applicator.
As a Production Supervisor, he is responsible for seeing that Horizon’s commercial and residential maintenance department operates properly and efficiently. Tim also manages crews, trains new maintenance employees, and coordinates daily schedules.
In his spare time, Tim loves spending time in the outdoors with his family.
Shawn Kukol – Commercial Snow & Ice Sales & Operations
Shawn has been a part of Horizon since an early age and has been involved in snow and ice management since 2007. He joined Horizon Landscape in 2017 as Commercial Snow and Ice Sales & Operations. His passion and knowledge for the industry keeps Horizon on the cutting edge of 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 Snow & Ice industry. His previous experience as a foreman and sales supervisor in the tree care industry for four years has given him the ability to manage sales and operations efficiently and effectively.
Shawn enjoys everything snow and spending his weekends in the outdoors with family and friends.
Karishma Ramani – Sales and Marketing Manager
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 Outdoor 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.
Deb Van Schepen – Irrigation and Lighting Administrator
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.
Karen Thomas, SHRM-CP – Human Resources and Insurance
Karen Thomas, our payroll specialist, is also in charge of human resources, employee benefits, and corporate insurance policies. She joined Horizon Landscape in 1983 and has held various positions in our office since that time.
Karen is a certified dressmaker/clothing designer and an accomplished musician. Prior to working at Horizon Landscape, her experience included customer service, accounting, and payroll.
Michele Morrow – Landscape Administrator & Accounts Payable
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.
Maryann Morgan– Maintenance and Snow Administrator & Accounts Receivable
Maryann joined the Horizon team in 2018 as the maintenance and snow administrator. In addition to handling the administrative duties for snow and maintenance, she is also responsible for accounts receivable, billing, and department and client communication.
Maryann comes to Horizon with numerous years’ experience in banking/finance, management, and customer service.
Maryann loves to spend downtime with her family, friends, running/exercising, and relaxing with a good read.