Mark Laberee – President, General Manager
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Design from South Dakota State University in 1972, Mark put his education to work as a Landscape Architect and planner for several firms before creating Lan-De-Con Inc. with Rod Johnson in 1975. Mark’s creativity in landscape design and his knowledge of solid construction techniques have been the backbone of Lan-De-Con since its inception. Mark continues to play an active role in the growth of Lan-De-Con and is committed to providing quality landscape design and installation service for all of Lan-De-Con’s clientele.
Rod Johnson – Vice President, Production Coordinator
Rod Johnson is co-owner of Lan-De-Con Inc. and Vice President of the company. He heads the financial end of the company as well as distribution of products to and from job sites. Prior to the formation of Lan-De-Con, he served in the Air Force and went to Business College.
Todd Laberee – Director Business Development
Todd grew up working in the business at a young age. He developed both his work ethic and leadership skills over 12 plus years, first as a laborer and then as a foreman. After college, Todd worked with several large corporations including GE Capital and Jostens where he cultivated skills in the areas of cross functional leadership, strategic planning, product development, marketing strategy, sales operations, analytics, technology management, and various digital marketing disciplines. Todd recently returned to Lan-De-Con to further improve the already excellent customer experience and help build the business further.
Project Managers and Designers
Sherry Cochrane – Landscape Designer, Project Manager
Sherry graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design. Before joining Lan-De-Con in the summer of 2001, Sherry worked at various garden centers and also at the University of Minnesota Trial and Display Garden. At Lan-De-Con, Sherry’s main roles are project manager and landscape designer. Sherry is involved with all stages of commercial landscaping from estimating plans to final project implementation and completion. Sherry also enjoys the creativity of designing residential home landscapes where she can utilize her extensive knowledge and love of perennials and flowers. Her design versatility ranges from creating colorful formal gardens to naturalistic plantings. Sherry strives to meet all of her clients and her own expectations of creating beautiful, functional, and manageable landscapes.
Ben Karp – Landscape Designer, Associate Project Manager
Ben Graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011 with an Accredited Degree as a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Ben’s Senior Capstone project concentrated on the areas of Urban development, Environmental sustainability and the Psychology of Sustainability. By carefully analyzing and researching site characteristics he is proficient in the areas of Master Planning, Site Grading & Storm Water Design, creation of Construction Documents, Planting & Site Design. In addition Ben also has developed a full arsenal of presentation capabilities from hand drafting and rendering to various forms of digital media including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, AutoCAD, Rhino3D , & Sketchup. He has been at Lan-De-Con working as a commercial estimator, project manager, and aiding in the production of professional plans and documents since 2012.
Jim Keller – Senior Project Manager
Jim Keller joined Lan-De-Con Inc. in 1981 after graduating from the Landscape Technology program at Hennepin County Vocational College. He started his career at Lan-De-Con as a Field Superintendent and has served as project manager for more than 25 years. Jim’s 30+ years of experience has afforded him the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the landscape industry from design to implementation. His experience in full on-site landscape construction management provides his clients with the peace of mind that their project will exceed all expectations.
Chuck Klinefelter – Senior Project Manager
Chuck wears many hats at Lan-De-Con Inc . His main responsibilities are sales manager and senior project manager. He graduated from college in 1970 with a degree in Landscape Design and Technology. After graduation Chuck served in the U.S. Army for three years based mostly in West Germany. Having been in the industry for more than 35 years, he has seen a lot of changes, like the introduction of skid-steer loaders, tree spades, computers, electronic calculators, and AutoCAD design software. Chuck’s unlimited knowledge and experience have gained him respect in the landscape industry.
Construction Site Managers
Mark Dalen – Field Superintendent
Mark joined Lan-De-Con Inc. in 1992 and completed the two year Landscape Technology course at Hennepin Technical College while working as a landscape laborer for the company. Mark has over 20 years of landscape construction experience and has been a vital part of Lan-De-Con’s success. Mark’s knowledge of landscape construction and his ability to manage the on-site installation of a landscape design helps to ensure that the final product is going to exceed all expectations.
Larry Kopp – Field Superintendent
Larry started his career with Lan-De-Con Inc. in April of 1985. He is currently the supervisor in charge of field operations. Larry’s 25+ years of landscape installation experience have led to more efficient methods of installation that allow Lan-De-Con to continually deliver a quality project on time and within budget.
Loren Nelson – Field Superintendent
Loren started his career with Lan-De-Con Inc. in 2003 after working for several other landscape companies. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Landscape Installation program at Waseca Technical College in 1978. He is a field superintendent at Lan-De-Con and is known for excellent and thorough installations. Loren’s many years of landscape installation experience and his ability to efficiently manage a large crew of laborers allow Lan-De-Con to continually deliver a quality project on time and within budget.
Matt Lanars – Associate Field Superintendent
Matt joined Lan-De-Con in 2005 and has moved in to a leadership role with his nearly 10 years of experience.
Joe Tesarek – Associate Field Superintendent
Joe joined Lan-De-Con in 1998 and has moved in to a leadership role with his 15+ years of experience.
Tom Wischnack – Field Superintendent
Tom joined the Lan-De-Con Inc. staff in the spring of 2000 after seven years of previous landscape experience. Tom comes from a farming background, which has served him well in the landscape construction industry. Tom’s natural ability to lead has been a vital asset for Lan-De-Con over the last 14 years, and his strong ability to provide field management ensure timely job completion in a professional manner.
Janine Newport – Office Administration
Janine manages many of the day to day office operations. She coordinates communication, manages design office needs, and various administrative tasks related to personnel, accounts payable, and account receivable. She is also a Notary Public for the State of Minnesota.