Brian graduated high school in 1991. While attending Penn State, Brian and Bryan formed “New Castle Lawn and Landscape.” Since that time, New Castle has grown to over 70 employees peak season and offers all aspects of landscape and snow removal services. Brian earned his CLP (Certified Landscape Professional) certification and his ASM (Advanced Snow Manager) accreditation.
Brian’s roles consist of managing the mowing department , meeting with clients and attending community board meetings, and overlooking the company budget and planning processes. Brian also maintains the company network infrastructure, which has grown quite a bit over the years. Brian likes technology and is an avid Philadelphia fan…Go EAGLES!
Brian loves spending time with his wife Dawn, and daughter Lily.
Brad is a graduate of Governor Mifflin High School in 1994. He has been in the green industry for over 25 years. Brad achieved his Certified Landscape Technician recognition in 2004. He is a certified ICPI contractor and a certified NCMA installer. Brad designs larger hardscape and landscape projects along with overseeing all divisions. In his free time Brad enjoys spending time with his wife Tanya and sons Zhane and Phoenix.
I joined the New Castle Team in April, 2015. I graduated from Governor Mifflin High School and bring over 20 years of customer service and office administration experience to New Castle. When I’m not working, I enjoy camping, baking and volunteering at my church. Most of all, I love spending time with my husband Matt and daughters Brooke and Taylor.
Melissa “Missy” Faust
I joined the New Castle Lawn and Landscape family in May 2014. I graduated from PACE Institute with an Associates Degree in Business. I bring to New Castle 20 years of experience in office administration and customer service. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, watching a good football game or experimenting with a new recipe. I believe that every new day is a blessing so I do my best to live my life to the fullest.
Stacey joined the New Castle team in 2014. She graduated Penn State University in 1997 with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture and achieved her “Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist” recognition in 2004. She began her career in the green industry as a greenhouse employee was promoted to Garden Center Manager. Stacey also earned the opportunity to intern at Longwood Garden’s which gave her valuable experience in creating colorful display gardens. Stacey Loves helping clients find plants that added color and year-round interest to the landscape. As New Castle’s Accounts supervisor she works closely with all our account managers to help clients solve their landscaping problems and provide services to enjoy their properties. In her free time she enjoys cooking, camping, and vegetable gardening and spending time with her husband and two busy daughters.
I joined the New Castle family in the spring of 2017. I graduated from Twin Valley High School and attended Penn State Berks for Art History. I have over 30 years customer service experience. When I’m not working I enjoy gardening, the arts, cooking, and spending time with my husband Mark and our cats.
Senior Account Manager / ISA Certified Arborist (#PD-311A)/ ISA Tree Risk Assessment qualified
Andrew became a member of the New Castle Lawn and Landscape team during the winter of 2010. Andrew grew up with an intense interest in the outdoors, and he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Forest Technology from the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2007. Additionally, Andrew has completed coursework sponsored by the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension, the Morris Arboretum, and the International Society of Arboriculture to enhance his tree climbing and maintenance abilities. Additionally Andrew is a Certified Tree Risk Assessor which is a very important certification to look for when researching Arborists as not all companies will be able to provide this level of expertise. He has also completed Basic Wild Land Firefighting training for PA-130, as well as Oregon Chainsaw Certification. When Andrew is not working to assist clients in maintaining safe and healthy trees, he enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, and being outside. Andrew also likes spending time with his family and his wife and children, Attie, Oliver & Eliana, and playing with his pets.
I have been in the green industry for 10 years and started out in the field building patios. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and creating amazing outdoor living areas for clients and their families. I Graduated from Twin Valley high school in 2007 and continued my education at Kutztown University. I Graduated from Kutztown May of 2016 with a bachelor of arts in history. I have worked with New Castle now for 7 years. My first 5 years were spent working in the construction department in the field and the last 2 years I transitioned into our account manager role. I love working at New Castle because everyone here is always having fun and very helpful. It truly is a joy to work for a company that cares so much about its employees and goes above and beyond for all their clients. I enjoy spending my free time with my wife Rebecca and our two girls Olivia and Scarlett. I love music and was the lead singer in a band for five years and when I have the time still like to rock and roll! I am a major history buff and enjoy doing historical research and making connections with what has happened in the past to current events.
Phil has been in the green industry for 20 years. He joined New Castle in the spring of 2012 and is an ICPI & NCMA certiﬁed contractor. Phil began his career at New Castle as a construction foreman. After a few years as a foreman he became the hardscaspe construction supervisor and then became one of the New Castle designers. Along with designing hardscapes and landscapes, Phil also creates all of New Castle’s marketing material. He prides himself in his attention to detail along with excellent vendor and client relationships. Phil is experienced in many aspects of landscaping, hardscaping and graphic design. Although his passion is in creating outdoor living spaces.Outside of work Phil enjoys spending time with his wife Rebecca and their two children, Giada and Noah. He also enjoys hunting, camping and restoring his classic pickup truck.
Tricia joined the New Castle team in 2014. Entering the green industry in 2000, she started out as a greenhouse employee and landscape construction crew member. Tricia then earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting from Penn State, with a focus on Design and Ornamental Horticulture. Her career as a Landscape Designer has taken her to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, the Main Line and Berks County, where she primarily works on residential design and landscape restorations. A highlights of Tricia’s career was co-designing an exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower show that was awarded “Best in Show” and the “People’s Choice” awards. Another rewarding experience for her, was being a guest Lecturer/Designer in a senior level Landscape Design course at Penn State. Tricia loves to share her knowledge with future landscape designers, as well as, friends and family. She will never turn down a trip to go plant shopping or dig in the dirt with a friend! A graduate of Wilson High School, Tricia and her husband are thrilled to be able to raise their three children in the same community that she grew up in. When she isn’t crafting, decorating or playing in her own yard, Tricia and her family enjoy hiking, camping and tackling home improvement projects.
Dan has been working at New Castle since May of 2009 after serving in the Air Force. He has experience in many aspects of landscaping but especially enjoys working on complex projects with many different aspects. Dan works closely with the supervisors to ensure the crews have the equipment and information to best serve our clients. “I enjoy training with the guys to learn about new techniques and materials. The more we know, the more creative we can be and turn any of our clients’ dreams into reality.” When not working Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Ashley, son Roland, and daughters Samantha and Coraline.
Mark has been in the green industry for over 20 years. He joined New Castle in 2008. Mark is also a graduate of Delaware Valley College with a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture. Mark is experienced in all aspects of landscape and hardscape installations. Mark works closely with the salesmen to create accurate and competitive estimates for customers and then creating work orders for the crews.“In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my Kristin and 2 sons Kole and Reid. When time allows I enjoy hunting, helping out on the family farm, and being outdoors” – Mark
Matt joined New Castle in April of 2012. He is a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA where he studied masonry construction. Over the past 11 years, Matt has been involved in many masonry projects including brick and block walls, flagstone patios and concrete work. Since joining New Castle, he has become a certified ICPI contractor and NCMA installer. When not at work, Matt and his wife Candace spend most of their free time watching their son Quentin play soccer.
I’m a 6 year Veteran of the US Army and I’ve been in the Green Industry for 17 years working for both private contractors and state municipalities. While in the Green Industry I’ve had the rewarding experience of being involved in two Extreme Home Makeover projects and The Neighborhood Stabilization Project for Camden, NJ. I’ve completed continuing education programs including Principles of Horticulture, Professional Landscape Management, and Virginia Horticulture Society Crew Chief Certification. Current member of Professional Grounds Management Society. When not working, I enjoy family time with wife Laurie and daughter Caitlyn. I also enjoy hunting, fishing and handyman projects around the house.
I started with New Castle in 2016. I never thought I would be a “landscaper” but once I started, I grew a love for it. I’m an artist by heart, but my medium was painting (acrylic) portraits with an abstract twist. Art comes in many different forms and this is my new form of artistic expression. My other interests are working out, music and food… combine all of these and I have an awesome day.
Norberto Silva Ramirez (AKA, “Beto”)
I have been with New Castle since 2007. I have been married for 12 years to my wife, Guadalupe. I have 3 children, Jesus, Maria, and Juan. I love soccer & and American football. I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan. I am also fluent in both English and Spanish. I just received my permanent residency after a 6 year wait and my family arrived in the United States in 2016. I am very grateful for the opportunities New Castle has provided me.
Jaime moved to Pennsylvania from Chicago, Ilinois over 9 years ago. He became a part of the New Castle Team in 2017. He has two daughters and his girlfriend of 9 years, Rosie. He loves spending time with his family when he is not at work and is an anime fan. He enjoys working at New Castle and is excited for the opportunities that it brings.
Juan is married to Sandra Carmona and together they have three beautiful girls. He has been a resident for over 20 years and joined the team at New Castle following a career at a golf club. Juan loves working at New Castle because of the team atmosphere and is very proud of the work he does.
Devin graduated from Thaddeus Stevens in 2015 and began working in the construction department right out of school. When Devin’s not working he enjoys going to the beach, hunting, fishing and drumming in several bands.
I joined the New Castle family in the spring of 2015 starting as a crew leader with three years’ experience in landscaping and holiday decorating with garden designs and planting and a lifetime of gardening for passion. I believe that landscaping is using nature as art and anything is possible! Since my 5 years as crew leader I took a position as account manager and I couldn’t be happier! I love the one on one relationship building with my clients and really helping to beautify their outdoor spaces. I provide excellent service, one on one with clients, forming a trusting, lasting relationship. I pay attention to details and strive to make landscapes thrive and clients happy. I am in a constant state of growth and change and I’m a firm believer that we learn and grow the most when we listen and help others. When not working, I spend time with my two wonderful children Ellie and Brennen, our sweet dog Star and the love of my life, Rob. I enjoy kayaking, hiking, cooking, singing, and spending quality time with my family. I love surrounding myself with kindhearted people and the team at New Castle is exactly that. I am extremely honored and lucky to be a part of such an amazing company that truly is like family.
Turf & Plant Health Care Department Supervisor | ISA Certified Arborist PD-2591A/ Certified Pesticide Applicator Categories 6 & 7
Lauren recently joined the New Castle team in March of 2018. She is a graduate from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences and a minor in Horticulture. She has been working in the Plant health Care industry since 2008 and is an ISA Certified Arborist. When not working, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, camping, exploring new places and being anywhere outdoors.
Peter has been working in the landscaping industry since 1994. He first worked for New Castle in 1999 until 2011 and returned in February of 2020. His roles include pesticide applications and helping, when needed, in the mowing division. He is a Certified Landscape Technician and just recently passed his exam to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator. He is excited to be back as part of the New Castle family because of how motivating and understanding management is when it comes to the work/life balance.
In his spare time, Pete enjoys working in his shop making home improvement projects, fishing, being a “swim dad” and most importantly, spending time with family. He resides in Mohnton with his wife, Sara, and daughter, Kaylee.
Kevin joined the New Castle Team in 2014 as part of the commercial snow removal team. During the peak seasons, Kevin also works in the enhancements, constructions and lawn care divisions. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his son, hunting, fishing, gardening, geo caching and kayaking.
Chad joined NC in April 2015. He brings with him knowledge in carpentry and home construction. Chad also holds certification by ICPI to install concrete pavers. Prior to joining NC Chad was a sergeant with the Reading Police Department and retired in March 2015 after 30 years of service.
I graduated from Muhlenberg in 2015 and I’ve been working in lawn care services since I’ve been about 15 years old. I joined New Castle in the summer of 2018 as a mowing crew foreman and recently transferred to trees hoping to expand my knowledge and experience in all aspects of lawn care. Before Joining New castle I worked on installing both Landscaping and Hardscaping and worked as a groundskeeper at the Reading Fightin’ Phils, where I still enjoy summer work. I’m currently working on my ISA certification and enjoy my time spent working for a company like New Castle. On my off time I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and being outdoors.
John is a graduate of Wilson High School and Berks Career & Technology graduate with extended certifications in welding. He has been in the landscape truck and equipment repair industry since 2012 previously running his own repair shop. John has a class 7 PA State Inspection License. If it is broken, John can fix it! A cool fact about John is that he drove 10K miles around the US in 9/2016 and ended up back in PA. John enjoys fishing, dirt bikes, friends and family, and working on restoration projects.