We Are Lawn Butler

Our favorite compliment is to hear that we have great people. Our team of dedicated, highly skilled, passionate, and highly trained professionals have the authority and freedom to serve our customers well. We focus on being safe and doing the right thing for our customers. Each employee receives continuing education and training every week. With over 150 years of industry experience, our management team sets up our team for success. Our team members quality of life and doing the right thing for our customers comes before profit every time.

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Our People

Becky Johnston

Controller

Becky, a North Knoxville resident and public relations graduate of The University of Tennessee, has been with Lawn Butler since May 2012.  As Lawn Butler’s financial administrator she watches the company’s money like a hawk and is the mother hen to the employees.  Outside of her Lawn Butler family, she is wife to Sam, mother of two, grandmother of four, and plays “butler” to her beloved dog Dozer. She enjoys hiking, gardening, her church, and being with family and friends.

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Debi Gunter

Office Administrator and HR

Debi, a native of Memphis, moved with her husband to Knoxville in 1995. After twenty years in East Tennessee she feels her blood definitely runs orange now.  The newest person to join the office team in June, she brings several years of administrative assistant experience to Lawn Butler.  Debi handles a multitude of tasks including our human resource, customer calls, and social media.  Debi enjoys reading and traveling, but believes the best part of any trip is coming home to her two dachshund’s Zena and Charlie.  Despite Debi’s hair color it takes a lot to get her frazzled.

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Kelly Corum

Maintenance Client Representative

Kelly, a Knoxville native, has been with the Lawn Butler for a total of about 2 1/2 years. He first worked in the field as a Landscape Foreman and now as a Maintenance Account Manager, with a brief time away in between. Kelly attended the University of Tennessee and received a B.S. in Plant Science, with a concentration in Landscape Design and Construction. His favorite part of the job is working tirelessly to provide the best experience for all Lawn Butler customers. Kelly is married to his wife Marion, who he met in college. He enjoys traveling, having the best looking hair at Lawn Butler, and believe it or not working in the yard.

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Josh Benson

Maintenance Client Representative

Josh was raised in the Smoky Mountains, and after a three-year hiatus in Boston for graduate school, he moved back to Tennessee in 2009.  Shortly thereafter, he came to Lawn Butler, bringing with him a decade of experience in the ‘Green Industry’.  His greatest pleasure is seeing folks find happiness in their customer experience and landscape enhancements.  Meeting folks from all different walks of life keeps things interesting and fun as well.  He is married to Ashley, and has two daughters. In his spare time, he is always outdoors; usually finding peace in the gracefulness of a well-cast dry fly where water and stones tell transcendent stories.

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Mike Burke

Maintenance Client Representative, Mulch Specialist

Michael spent most of his life in Florida and moved to Tennessee shortly before joining the Lawn Butler team in 2007. As an Account Manager Michael approaches his position with professionalism while paying close attention to personal touches. In addition to being a Maintenance Account Manager, Mike is in charge of our mulch division. He has worn many different hats at Lawn Butler including mulch blower truck foreman and mechanic. Michael is a gearhead at heart and enjoys, taking off-roading trips, talking slowly, and loves any chance to take the less traveled road.

Brian Lowery

Hardscape Construction Client Representative

Brian Lowery has been in the Hardscape and Landscape industry since 2001. He has worked on both residential and commercial hardscape projects. Brian started coordinating field work and now executes big construction projects. He is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute (ICPI) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA). Brian has been a construction/installation manager at Lawn Butler Inc. since 2012. Brian is married to Samantha and they have three daughters. Brian enjoys camping with his family and grooming his beard.

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Eric Hill

Landscape Construction Client Representative

Eric, a Knoxville native, started with the Lawn Butler in 2007. He gained his knowledge and love for plant material in the landscape industry by working at a local nursery. Eric manages customer relations from the beginning to the end of a client’s project. His goal for the construction side of Lawn Butler is to be known as the premier landscape company in Knoxville. He married his wife Ashley in 2015 and they have two dogs. Eric is an outdoors enthusiast and spends much of his spare time on the water fishing, kayaking, on the golf course, or working on his tan to enhance his blue eyes.

Daniel Haynes

Construction Operations Manager

Daniel began working in the landscape/hardscape industry in 2010 as a laborer on an installation crew. He loved the industry and worked his way up to leading crews and managing projects. He has worked at Lawn Butler since 2013.  He was promoted to lead the operations for the construction/installation division at the Lawn Butler. Daniel and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children, and they enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains.  Daniel also enjoys not accepting excuses or anything short of perfection.

Alex Schneider

Production Manager

Alex began his journey in the landscape industry in 2009 and found his place on team Lawn Butler in 2012. Alex started as a maintenance foreman and quickly proved himself to be excellent in all facets of his job. Continuing to excel in his position of foreman Alex was promoted to maintenance production manager in fall of 2017. In his free time Alex enjoys adventuring outdoors with his dog Tyson. Alex enjoys adding a tinge of awkwardness to serious situations with his socially awkward, low-key, and sarcastic humor.

Brian Sprowl

Maintenance Operations Manager

Brian, a Knoxville native, left the area to play baseball in college at Shelton State community college and Tennessee Tech University.  Brian started as a maintenance laborer in 2009 for The Lawn Butler and has worked his way to be the Maintenance Division Leader. He loves learning about the green industry and growing the Lawn Butler Inc. into one of the premier landscape companies in Knoxville.  Brian is married to Heather and they have three children.  He loves spending time with his family and stargazing at night.  Brian has earned the nickname turbo, because of his ability to give 200% effort to any undertaken task.

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Seth Kehne

President

Seth started Lawn Butler in 1999 as a means to pay for college.  He majored in finance with a desire to be a financial planner.  After growing the business all through college, Seth realized that he loved the landscape industry and greatly enjoyed interacting with customers and the community more than just having a “get through college” job.  Seth spends his time focusing on Lawn Butler being an industry leader for service, professionalism, and knowledge.  He works hard for Lawn Butler to be a destination company full of exceptional team members.  Seth is married to Katie and they have three children.  Seth enjoys running and boating in the hour of free time he has a week.

Brandon Burnett

Turf Care Director
Brandon, a lifelong Knoxville resident, has been with Lawn Butler since 2014. Starting as a foreman in the hardscapes division before moving into his current position as head of the Turf Care Director. Brandon is currently working towards finishing his degree in Business Administration. Brandon has been married to his wife Shannon for eleven years and can almost field a basketball roster with their four kids. Brandon enjoys golfing when he can and coaching his kids in the various sports they play.

Grant Rice

Fleet and Facilities Manager

Grant came to Lawn Butler in 2015 and brings with him over fifteen years in the fleet repair and maintenance industry. He is an ASE master certified Technician that brings a vast knowledge of fleet repair and management to the Lawn Butler team. He is responsible for managing all of the equipment and vehicles and overseeing all maintenance and repairs of our facility. Grant is a key part of our continuous effort to provide a safe working environment for our team and customers.  He manages a fleet of over 25 vehicles and hundreds of pieces of equipment.  He has a wife and two beautiful daughters. On his free time, he serves in his church as a sound technician and enjoys camping and being outdoors, because he is a closet introvert.

Josh Kerns

Marketing Director, Irrigation

Josh came to Lawn Butler in March of 2014 as an irrigation technician and quickly moved into the position of managing the irrigation service division. In 2016 Josh was given the opportunity to put his various design and digital skills to use and become Lawn Butler’s first marketing director. Josh and his wife Jessica have four children. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his family in the mountains. Josh loves the irony of his job title essentially being Lawn Butler's extrovert even though he is the most introverted team member.

Our Company History

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1999

Lawn Butler started out of a gray Station Wagon.  With plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Seth began Lawn Butler as a way to put himself through college debt free.

2000

Seth hired his first employee.

2001

Seth purchased first landscape truck, initiating Lawn Butler’s infamous yellow fleet paint choice. The color code is actually called “Lawn Butler Yellow” at the paint store.

2004

Moved into Bob Gray location.

2005

Started mulch blowing division.

2007

Started landscape installation division.

2009

First Christmas light display alongside the interstate.

2009

Moved into Omni Lane property..

2010

Raised Santa and reindeers displayed above Lawn Butler sign along I-40.

2011

Lawn Butler obtained their charter from the state of Tennessee to offer a turf care program.

2013

Lawn Butler obtained their charter from the state of Tennessee to offer a turf care program.

2015

Lawn Butler purchased and moved into its current 9 acre location at Jackson Road.

2017

Lawn Butler featured as the magazine cover story for Landscape Management’s April issue.

2017

Lawn Butler won the NALP Gold Safety Award!

2018

Lawn Butler started onsite recycling of organic waste to continue to improve our green footprint.