Originally from Wrentham, MA, Matthew was born and raised on an equestrian farm where the skill of hard work was instilled within him, forming his stalwart character which he highly credits to his mother, Joan. He grew up skiing, playing hockey, and riding motorcycles— all pastimes he still enjoys today. During his teenage years, Matt worked for a small landscaping company in the colonial Boston suburbs during the summer, which planted the seed, cultivating his interest in the landscape design industry. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst for Landscaping Design and Construction, Matt moved to Upstate New York and started GSL Landscaping & Nursery LLC. Matt, with over a quarter century in the industry, leads GSL into its 17th successful season. Matt and his dedicated group of friends, family and crew continue to forge forward to be one of the area’s most respected, unique, and award winning design and landscaping companies in the Capital Region.
Likes: skiing, hockey, cycling, fly fishing, boating, spending time with his family (including Chocolate Lab Lakelynn).
Originally from Medway, MA, Joan grew up in a family owned business where she was taught the value of hard work at a young age. After finishing college at Mount IDA College, Joan worked in the finance department of Witt Caterpillar (currently known as Milton CAT). After many years there, she pursued her dreams and opened up an equestrian business which she owned and operated for the majority of her life before joining the GSL team. Starting at GSL on a part time basis 15 years ago, Joan has moved into her full time leadership position as our CFO-Chief Financial Officer, and continues to play a vital role in the day to day business operations.
Likes: horses (and animals in general), spending time with family (and two amazing grand kids), and being at the Track.
Kevin joined the team in the Spring of 2013. Graduating from SUNY Delhi in 1995, he brings over 20 years of industry experience to the GSL Team. Originally getting his start with a full service landscape contractor in Westchester County. After several years, he realized it was time to relocate to the Capital District, to be closer to family, and to search for more professional growth and opportunities. Settling in Schenectady, Kevin became a valuable asset to a local Nursery. That’s where he strengthened his industry knowledge and realized his love for working with plant materials. However, after another several years, it became apparent that it was time to return to his roots. Creativity, design and the client relationships are the catalyst for Kevin’s determination and drive. He excels at creating beautiful, functional and custom outdoor spaces, and strives to stay current with industry advances in environmental materials, and best practices, all while maintaining a classic and timeless design aesthetic.
Born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Marcos began his career as a craftsman in Central America working and honing his skills in the construction industry. He eventually immigrated to the United States under the US Work Visa Program, where he put his construction skills to work becoming a Foreman of a Capital Region masonry company. Marcos then joined GSL Landscaping in 2008 as a Hardscape Supervisor, and through his dedication, strong character and work ethic he has worked his way into becoming GSL’s Operations Manager and a pivotal component of GSL’s success.
Likes: Marcos is very proud of having passed his US Citizenship test, along with enjoying fishing, attending church, and spending time with his family.