Landscape Design Team

Hawks is your Milwaukee area source for creative landscape design services and the finest quality landscape installation. Our staff is experienced, knowledgeable and capable of handling projects of any size or difficulty. We would like to introduce some of them to you.

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Joe Kresl R.L.A.

Registered Landscape Architect and Owner/President

Joe earned his Landscape Architecture degree from UW-Madison. His many accomplishments over his 40 year career have given him extensive experience in all phases of landscape design and construction. Joe has won numerous landscape awards as well as community service awards. As a strong civic leader, he encourages his staff to be good neighbors and supporters of the community.

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Gary Urban R.L.A.

Chief Operating Officer / Landscape Architect

Gary has been a part of Hawks since 1992. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a state registered Landscape Architect, Gary is knowledgeable in all areas of residential and commercial design and installation. His interests are in the area of lake property, low maintenance and natural landscape projects, as well as patio and masonry features in the garden.

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Steve Hyland R.L.A.

Landscape Architect

Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a state registered Landscape Architect. In the landscape industry since 1976, Steve has been with Hawks Landscape since 1983. As a senior member of the staff, Steve has been successful in developing creative and innovative landscape solutions for homeowners as well as commercial clients. His main focus has always been to develop artistic, yet functional spaces that people can live in, be inspired by, and enjoy.

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Cindy Schultz

Landscape Designer

Since 1997, Cindy has been helping Hawks customers achieve their landscape goals. She enjoys the challenge of modifying landscapes to create dynamic living spaces that complement her clients' lifestyles and personality. Cindy pays attention to the smallest details and excels at adding the finishing touches that extend a home into the surrounding landscape.

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Lynn Carlson

Landscape Designer

Lynn has been in the green industry in the Milwaukee area since 1991. A graduate of the Horticulture program at MATC, she has been with Hawks since 1994. Lynn's long-time love for plants began as just a hobby, but soon grew into a successful career. From full renovations to small self-installs, she enjoys working with the client from start to finish.

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Steve Wegner

Landscape Designer

Steve has been designing landscapes since 1995, when he graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He enjoys working with homeowners in creating or renovating outdoor living spaces, and beautifying their property through planting design. Steve is committed to focusing on the needs of his clients, enabling him to customize a design that fulfills their needs and fits their lifestyle, with the goal of making the process an enjoyable experience.

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Amy Willard

Design-Build Sales Manager/Landscape Designer

Amy graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She joined the Hawks team in 2013 with over 20 years’ experience in the landscape industry. Amy is committed to designing landscapes that facilitate and encourage activity and reward the senses. Amy’s specialty projects include outdoor patio’s and kitchens, fire pits, rain gardens, perennial gardens and shore line renovations.

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Gary Hillwalker

Landscape Designer

Gary has been involved in the landscape industry since 1989 and has worked in virtually every aspect of the industry from nursery grower, hardscape installer and maintenance supervisor, to designer and contractor. The previous owner of a successful full service design build company, he has done residential, commercial as well as government work. He brings with him a wealth of horticulture experience, how to knowledge and flair for creating beautiful landscapes. With a formal education in Geology, he has chosen this career for his love of the outdoors and passion for landscapes. He enjoys bringing the satisfaction of quality, detailed workmanship and top notch service to every client.

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Ryan Trochil

Landscape Designer

Ryan has been in the landscape industry since 2010 with a background in graphic design and horticulture. Ryan enjoys working with clients through every step of the process to make sure that they love the end product. His favorite part of the profession is getting to see the dramatic before and after result of every job. Originally from Appleton, he moved to the area to join the Hawks team and is enjoying the beautiful Milwaukee area.

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Alex Mathison

Landscape Designer/Project Management

Alex has a Landscape Design & Turf Services degree from Blackhawk Technical College. In the landscape industry since 2001, Alex has worked in every aspect of the industry. As a previous business owner, Alex specialized in elaborate patios, walls, and outdoor rooms. He loves taking people's ideas and enhancing them to create the outdoor space of their dreams.

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Sean Vang

Landscape Design Support

“Sean graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. After graduation, he moved to Wisconsin to explore his career in landscape design and joined the Hawks team in 2017. His interests include residential design, sustainability, and graphic production. As a new professional, Sean is excited to learn the ins-and-outs of the landscape industry and hopes to become a state registered Landscape Architect.”

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