Everyone at Blake Landscapes takes great pride in serving our customers, and a big reason for that is that Blake Landscapes is a great place to work! Most of our employees have been with us for 10 years or more and some for more than 20.
Blake Landscapes is a company where hard work and loyalty pay off. We offer health insurance to our employees and their families as well as vacation, sick leave and retirement plans. We also participate in the federal governments E-Verify program, ensuring that all new hires are legally eligible to work in the United States.
John K. (Jay) Frye, Jr., Principal and Co-Owner
B.S. in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, The University of Tennessee (1994)
Jay came to Blake Landscapes from the golf course management and agronomy industry in 1994. He started as a field manager and became an owner in 1998. Jay has more than 20 years of experience in landscape construction, maintenance, irrigation, sales and client service. A Loudoun County native, Jay lives with his wife and four children in Leesburg, Va.
Bradley M. Yurish, Principal and Co-Owner
M.S., B.S., Biological Sciences (emphasis in plant ecology), Marshall University (1993)
Brad joined the company in 1999 after four years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Research Service Research Center. Brad is a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He manages all landscape maintenance and construction activities for Blake, and assures compliance with the highest standards of landscape care for our clients. Brad and his wife and two children live in Round Hill, Va.
Tom Tyler, Residential Services Manager
B.S., Recreation Management, Shepherd University (1993)
Tom assumed management of Blake Landscapes residential services in 2005. He started his career as a superintendent with the County of Loudoun, where his responsibilities included the landscape and equipment maintenance and operation of all park facilities and athletic fields in the county. Tom’s friendly personality and knowledge of transition zone landscapes help him provide our homeowner clients with the highest possible level of service.
Cesar Villatoro, Account Manager
Certified Landscape Technician (CLT)
Cesar started at Blake Landscapes in 2002 as a crew foreman and is experienced in all aspects of our services. This experience helps Cesar in his role of supporting our account managers and projects teams. Cesar oversees landscape projects, inspects our clients’ properties, and ensures that any issues are taken care of quickly and efficiently. He takes great pride in his work and is committed to providing the highest levels of service, quality and expertise to our clients.
Andrew Fleischmann, Controller
B.S. Business Administration, Shenandoah University (2012)
Andrew joined the company in 2012 as an intern. After completing his degree in Business Administration at Shenandoah University, he joined the staff full time as a Project Manager. Now as the controller his main responsibilities include accounting, business and contract management. A Maryland native, now lives in Brunswick with his 2 children.
Jonathan Friend, VP of Operations & Strategy
B.S. Business Management, Binghamton University (2012)
Jonathan came to Blake Landscapes from a larger commercial landscape company based in Maryland. He started as a field manager and became an account manager in 2015. His main responsibilities include landscape enhancements, property inspections, client service and business development. A New York native, now lives in Bluemont with his wife and 3 children..
Paul Tilley, Fleet Manager
ASE Certified Mechanic, OTC Diagnostic Certified
Paul Tilley began his career at Blake Landscapes on a part-time basis servicing our equipment and trucks in 1994. He became our full time mechanic in 1998. Prior to joining Blake Landscapes, Paul worked in the automotive parts and supply industry. His responsibilities include planning, organizing and directing functions and activities related to the procurement, servicing, operation, maintenance and repair of all Blake-owned power equipment.
Patrick Doniff, Account Manager
Patrick (a.k.a. “P.D.”) joined Blake Landscaping in 2022 after 7 years in commercial construction as a field superintendent where he honed his client relationship skills. Patrick brings an agricultural and horticultural background to Blake from his prior experience working for a local plant nursery and the Town of Leesburg. He is a Loudoun County native and enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with his wife.
Patrick Frye, Account Manager
Patrick is a Loudoun County local, and joined Blake as an account manager in 2021. Previously, Patrick served as the Property Manager and Horticulture Specialist for a Non-profit retreat for veterans and first responders in Bluemont, VA. Along with 10 years of experience in Landscaping and Property Management, Patrick brings a passion for farming and regenerative agriculture to the team, in addition to strong customer service. He and his wife enjoy living in Leesburg and tending to their backyard chickens and ever-growing gardens.