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.  Debi came to Lawn Butler in June of 2016 and brings several years of administrative assistant experience with her.  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 dachshund Oliver.  Despite Debi’s hair color it takes a lot to get her frazzled. Click to hear more from Debi

Allison Lathrop

Operations Administrative Assistant

Allison, a Knoxville native, is a new addition to the Operations Dept.  She brings with her several years of administrative assistant experience, as well as her love for Botany.   She decided as an adult to pursue her college education and graduated from Pellissippi State in December 2019.  She is married to Ben, and they have one son.  They also have a Shichon named Pepper; who is ‘slightly’ spoiled and is definitely in-charge at their house.  Allison loves to read on her back porch surrounded by her favorite herbs, loves gardening, as well as travelling to new and previously visited locations and spending as much time as possible with family.

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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Jamie Berkebile

Jamie Berkebile

Administrative Assistant

Jamie, a native of Michigan, moved to Tennessee back in 2001. The newest person to join the office team, he brings over 20 years of administrative experience, half of which has been in the lawn/landscape industry, to Lawn Butler. Jamie currently splits his time between assisting the construction division with bids & take-offs and the maintenance side with data entry & delinquent accounts. He enjoys traveling, hiking in the Smokies, landscaping, home improvements, and classic/sports cars.

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.

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.

Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Maintenance Client Representative

Patrick, a Knoxville native, came to the Lawn Butler in 2018 bringing over twenty years of experience in the Green Industry.  He has served as a customer representative for over ten years.  Patrick has been serving as the operations manager for Lawn Butler and will now be your Client Representative.  His fondness for nature and the desire to create led him to the landscaping industry in his early twenties. Patrick has logged over three hundred miles of hiking in the Smoky Mountains, spent a week solo on the Appalachian Trail and loves to travel with his wife Meaghan. They have been married for over sixteen years and visited locations from Easter Island to Kathmandu. In his spare time, he seeks the most authentic ethnic restaurants to press his luck on trying new foods.

 

Brandon Burnett

Landscape Production Manager

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.

CJ Hall

CJ Hall

Arborist

C.J. came to the Lawn Butler in May of 2018 to head up our turf and plant health program. Working in the Green Industry since 1989, C.J. has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.  C.J. is a certified arborist and pesticide applicator.  He has a passion for the care and saving of trees.  C.J. has never met a tree, fungus, pest, or disease that he hasn't found interesting.  For fun, C. J. and his wife of over 33 years, Sharron, run a dog rescue called Volunteer State Doberman Rescue. Their house consistently wins the award of least likely home to be burglarized due to routinely having 10 dogs to entertain him at home.

 

Lorenzo Ochoa

Production Supervisor

Relocating to Knoxville in 2001, Lorenzo is a native of Veracruz, Mexico. Starting at Lawn Butler in 2015 as a hardscape foreman, Lorenzo quickly proved himself a remarkable craftsman. Lorenzo diligently worked reliably and efficiently to take on the role of Production Supervisor for the landscape installation division. Lorenzo has been happily married for eleven years to his wife Isidra, and together they have three children. In his free time Lorenzo enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and playing soccer.  Lorenzo has never met a hat of which he is not a fan.

Julian Hernandez

Production Supervisor

Julian is a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, who relocated to Knoxville in 1996. In 2017, Julian joined Lawn Butler. Starting out working in the maintenance division, Julian quickly proved himself to be an excellent addition to the team. His incredible work ethic, job management skills, and efficiency led him to be voted as employee of the year in 2019 by his co-workers. In January of 2020 Julian took on the position of Production Supervisor. Julian has been happily married for seventeen years to his wife Mary Beth and has four children. Julian enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer.  Julian never goes a day without smiling and has the best attitude.

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.

Hunter Venable

Hunter Venable

Maintenance Production Manager

Hunter, a Knoxville native, came to Lawn Butler in February of 2014 into the maintenance division as a laborer.  Through hard work, dedication, and continuous self-improvement, Hunter quickly progressed through the ranks. In August of 2018 he was promoted to Maintenance Production Manager. His focus is on daily training of our team members with an emphasis on safety, quality, and efficiency.  Hunter enjoys playing softball and being with his family in his free time. He is the father of 3 boys and hopes to start his own softball team with his children.

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

Brian Sprowl

Maintenance Operations Manager

Brian is a Knoxville native who played baseball at Shelton State Community College and Tennessee Tech University. He started with Lawn Butler as a maintenance laborer in 2009 and is currently the Maintenance Operations Manager. He has earned the nickname “Turbo” because of the way he fervently tackles a project and does not relent until it is finished. As our operating software guru, Brian has never met a spreadsheet he can't enjoy.  He loves promoting the green industry and training our team.  Brian has shaped Lawn Butler Inc. into one of the premier landscape companies in Knoxville, especially implementing our safety and training days for employees. Brian is married to Heather and they have three children. He loves to be outdoors and spend time with his family. His humor and care are evident in all he does.

 

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.