Our Team

Our dedicated team plays a vital role in supporting our landscape design and building endeavors. Each one of our team members unique skillsets allow us to ensure seamless operations and provide exceptional customer service for each project. With their creativity and expertise,  innovative ideas are brought to life, turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary landscapes making our team one-of-a-kind. 

Ownership

Jason Cromley

Owner and Founder
jc@2thecreek.com

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Jason Cromley

Owner and Founder

Started in: 1998

Years of experience: 33

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The results of the hard work that get to be appreciated by all to see.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Staying active and being with my family.

My happy place is:
Vacationing with family and enjoying the outdoors.

Matt Seiler

Owner and Founder
ms@2thecreek.com

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Matt Seiler

Owner and Founder

Started in: 1998

Years of experience: 28

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is: Being able to learn, create, problem-solve and teach every day is why I love what I do. Seeing the creations I have built over the years, and the work the team has created fills my soul. Seeing that “ah ha” moment on a team member’s face or a client’s face when they finally “get it” and understand what we are teaching or creating, motivates me to come to work every day and recreate that experience. If I am using my mind to learn new traits, problem-solve, create solutions and teach someone what I have learned, it’s a fantastic day.

In my free time, I am passionate about: Family, and anything outdoors.

My happy place is: Spending time with my family, typically camping and boating.

Leadership Team

Erin Daly

Chief Operating Officer
edaly@2thecreek.com

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Erin Daly

Chief Operating Officer

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 26

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I love helping clients create beautiful outdoor living spaces.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
When not working, I love being an Auntie to my three nieces, three nephews and my dog-niece, Cali the cavapoo. I also enjoy playing tennis, pickleball, golf, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I am a big OSU Buckeye football fan, and I love visiting wine country. Someday, I would love to travel to Hawaii.

My happy place is:
Athens, Ohio.

Ken Kuntze

Director of Operations
kk@2thecreek.com

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Ken Kuntze

Director of Operations

Started in: 2019

Years of experience: 21

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I enjoy the transformation from the start of a project until the end.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending quality time with friends and family.

My happy place is:
Anything outdoors.

Finance/Office Management/HR Team

Cindy Morley

Financial Controller
cmorley@2thecreek.com

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Cindy Morley

Financial Controller

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 41

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Putting all the pieces together and seeing the results.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Hanging out with my family for celebrations!

My happy place is:
Sitting on the dock of our new lakehouse.

Jason Barham

AP/AR Associate
jbarham@2thecreek.com

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Jason Barham

AP/AR Associate

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 15+

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
That there is constantly something new to learn.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Making memories with my wife, children, and grandchildren.

My happy place is:
Watching the sunrise on a deck overlooking the Atlantic in Outer Banks, NC with a good cup of coffee.

Kristi Lease

Assistant Controller
klease@2thecreek.com

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Kristi Lease

Assistant Controller

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 12

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Flowers

In my free time, I am passionate about:
being outside, walking or boating.

My happy place is:
the beach

Leslie Kiraly

Project and Improvements Officer
lkiraly@2thecreek.com

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Leslie Kiraly

Project and Improvements Officer

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 15

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Being able to contribute to the growth of a company that offers creative solutions and improvements to property owners.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My family, coaching others, and golf.

My happy place is:
Nature

Adrianne Martin

Office Manager – Pool Division
amartin@2thecreek.com

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Adrianne Martin

Office Manager – Pool Division

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 18

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Being a part of making clients’ dreams come true.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending time with my family and friends.

My happy place is:
My Jeep

Jennifer Walton

Office Manager
reception@2thecreek.com

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Jennifer Walton

Office Manager

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 20+

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I love the variety of people that I get to speak with on a daily basis, and two days are never the same for me.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
I love playing tennis and hiking whenever possible.

My happy place is:
In the kitchen, preferably baking, and trying new recipes. But, I am even happier if someone else is washing the dishes.

Meghan Cromley

Employee Activities Coordinator
mcromley@2thecreek.com

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Meghan Cromley

Employee Activities Coordinator

Started in: 2020

Years of experience: 2

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I enjoy working with hard working people who have a vision and are able to create beautiful outside spaces for everyone to enjoy!

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My family, my friends, and traveling.

My happy place is:
On vacation.

Sales and Design Team

Nick Berger

Sales Manager Design/Build
nbe@2thecreek.com

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Nick Berger

Sales Manager Design/Build

Started in: 2019

Years of experience: 16

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The ability to change a family’s life by what we design and what our craftsmen build in the field.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Experiencing my daughter grow up, traveling the world with my family, a great glass of scotch and a wonderful cigar.

My happy place is:
I’m pretty happy when visiting Italy. There is a lot of happiness in Italy!

Craig Jones

Sales Manager Maintenance Division
cj@2thecreek.com

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Craig Jones

Sales Manager Maintenance Division

Started in: 2017

Years of experience: 35

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Providing horticultural solutions to problem landscape environments.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Family, fishing, and fun

My happy place is:
A fish on the line

Jim Turner

Sales Manager Pool Division
jturner@2thecreek.com

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Jim Turner

Sales Manager Pool Division

Started in:

Years of experience:

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Creating outdoor spaces where families and individuals can relax, unwind, and enjoy their time together.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending time with my family.

My happy place is:
Anywhere outdoors.

Monette Friedlander

Design Build Sales
mfriedlander@2thecreek.com

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Monette Friedlander

Design Build Sales

Started in: 2020

Years of experience: 26

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
There is never a dull moment. There are always puzzles to solve.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending time with family and friends, and being involved in my community.

My happy place is:
The outdoors

Mark Stalzer

Design Build Sales
mstalzer@2thecreek.com

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Mark Stalzer

Design Build Sales

Started in: 2021

Years of experience: 5

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Providing a life-changing product and experience to our clients.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Fishing and golf

My happy place is:
On a boat

Ryan Hyslop

Maintenance Account Manager
rhy@2thecreek.com

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Ryan Hyslop

Maintenance Account Manager

Started in: 2018

Years of experience: 15

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
My favorite part of this industry is the ability to take something that looks dull and worn, and bring it back to life.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
God, family, and The Ohio State Buckeyes!

My happy place is:
Anywhere with my family!

Nick Paolini

Maintenance Account Manager
npaolini@2thecreek.com

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Nick Paolini

Maintenance Account Manager

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 12

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Working with clients, being outside, and watching beautiful landscapes as they progress through the different seasons.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My family.

My happy place is:
In my backyard, tossing the baseball with my kids.

CC Bargar

Maintenance Account Manager
cbargar@2thecreek.com

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CC Bargar

Maintenance Account Manager

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 3

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I love the creativity that it allows me to have in creating designs, and I love forming relationships with people.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My church, spending time with friends and family, hiking/being outdoors, and listening to music.

My happy place is:
In a room with all of my friends and people that I care about!

Marc Duff

Design Manager
mduff@2thecreek.com

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Marc Duff

Design Manager

Started in: 2020

Years of experience: 8

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Creating spaces that provide comfort and enrichment for their users.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Being with my family, watching movies, and learning to play piano.

My happy place is:
The mountains

Jeff Haussler

Design
jhaussler@2thecreek.com

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Jeff Haussler

Design

Started in: 2021

Years of experience: 3

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Getting to be creative, seeing my visions come to life, and helping to provide clients with their dream backyards.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending time with my family, spending time outdoors and tending to my yard.

My happy place is:
Camping

Michael Crommes

Design
mcrommes@2thecreek.com

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Michael Crommes

Design

Started in: 2018

Years of experience: 38

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The satisfaction of creating and seeing a project from conception to completion.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Spending time with my family and with my dog, Ada.

My happy place is:
Outdoors, eating, sleeping, and taking naps.

Letha Imler

Design
limler@2thecreek.com

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Letha Imler

Design

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 2

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I love that I get to work on a variety of projects and every day is different. I am always learning something new!

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Exploring new places, taking photos, and reading.

My happy place is:
Walking in the park with a cup of coffee in my hand.

Jerry Diodore

Operations Manager Pool Division
jdiodore@2thecreek.com

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Jerry Diodore

Operations Manager Pool Division

Started in: 2021

Years of experience: 37

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Bringing dreams from plans to reality.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Playing golf and exercising.

My happy place is:
Sitting behind a full glass of bourbon.

Luke Gerken

Design Build Sales
lgerken@2thecreek.com

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Luke Gerken

Design Build Sales

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 9

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The relationships we build with clients.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Golf and yard work.

My happy place is:
My patio in our backyard.

Nora Kepes

Design Build Sales
nkepes@2thecreek.com

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Nora Kepes

Design Build Sales

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 35+

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
I love making an idea into reality, and the whole construction process.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My family, sustainable living, cooking, walking, reading, and true crime!

My happy place is:
With my Skye in the woods.

Operations Team

Ryan Miller

Operations Management Maintenance Division
rmi@2thecreek.com

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Ryan Miller

Operations Management Maintenance Division

Started in: 2018

Years of experience: 5

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The day-to-day challenges and seeing the fruits of your labor.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
The outdoors, physical fitness, and woodworking.

My happy place is:
In the mountains.

Tim Reeves

Project Manager
tre@2thecreek.com

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Tim Reeves

Project Manager

Started in: 2015

Years of experience: 45

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Creating and building spectacular outdoor spaces.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
My family, carpentry, and Ohio State football.

My happy place is:
At home with my wife and grandson

Doug Fortkamp

Project Manager
df@2thecreek.com

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Doug Fortkamp

Project Manager

Started in: 2014

Years of experience: 20

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Being outside.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Travel

My happy place is:
with my family

Ron Malloy

Irrigation Management
rm@2thecreek.com

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Ron Malloy

Irrigation Management

Started in: 2013

Years of experience: 18

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Solving lighting and irrigation issues for clients

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Automotive

My happy place is:
Sitting around a fire with family and friends

Milan Mihajlovski

Project Manager
mmihajlovski@2thecreek.com

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Milan Mihajlovski

Project Manager

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 12

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Making properties look amazing for our clients.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Motocross, hunting, and fishing.

My happy place is:
Being with my family

Brandon Rodriguez

Project Manager
brodriguez@2thecreek.com

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Brandon Rodriguez

Project Manager

Started in: 2022

Years of experience: 16

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Building things from the ground up. Starting out with only an idea and seeing it grow into a reality is amazing.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Building my house out in Mount Perry; I love construction in all its forms/trades.

My happy place is:
With my wife/family. A close second is smoking a cigar with a glass of wine.

Duke Hughes

Project Manager
dhughes@2thecreek.com

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Duke Hughes

Project Manager

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 23

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
The transformation of a project.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Fishing, and going to Columbus Crew games with my daughter.

My happy place is:
Spending time with family.

Mike Simon

Project Manager Pool Division
msimon@2thecreek.com

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Mike Simon

Project Manager Pool Division

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 25

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
There is always something new everyday. I feel like I am part of a team.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Family and boating.

My happy place is:
Lake Cumberland

Shavon Smith

Procurement Manager
ssmith@2thecreek.com

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Shavon Smith

Procurement Manager

Started in: 2023

Years of experience: 9

My favorite aspect of working in the landscaping industry is:
Plants have been my passion ever since I was a little girl growing up on my grandpa’s farm. Plants make me happy, and being a part of transforming outdoor spaces is very satisfying to me.

In my free time, I am passionate about:
Being physically active in the gym and spending time with our three huskies outdoors. My husband and I got married in Alaska on a glacier due to our love of the outdoors and mountains. I also have over 100 houseplants that I adore taking care of and enjoy propagating.

My happy place is:
We’ve recently purchased an 11-acre property where my husband grew up and it quickly has become our happy and safe place. Sitting on the back porch in the early mornings looking into the black walnut trees, listening to the birds, and watching the deer pass by are some of my favorite weekly moments. Most of our time is dedicated to maintaining the property and starting the first steps of creating our dream homestead.

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Join our dynamic team of landscape design and build professionals at Hidden Creek! As the leading landscape design company in Central Ohio, we are always seeking passionate and skilled individuals to contribute to our mission of creating extraordinary outdoor spaces that inspire and enrich lives. Be a part of our driving force behind success and apply to join our talented team today!

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