Our People

We are blessed to have a great team of people who love what they do and are committed to the highest values and standards of decency, workmanship and integrity.  We make these standards a reality by employing strict standards of conduct including drug testing and criminal background checks, professional uniforms, and no foul language, smoking, or loud music on any jobsite.  We invest in continuous training and have the latest certifications in all areas of our operation.  We do this so you can be comfortable and confident of our performance when we are working on your property. 


Our team has some of the most talented people in the industry and we look forward to putting our skills to work for you.  Crafting a landscape is not an exercise in one single skill, but rather, a matter of understanding the entire process and ultimately placing all of the skills together that will bring a project to life.  Over time, the result becomes a reputable company with award winning and innovative designs, career oriented team members and a growing company delighting the customers they serve.  


Ryan Howard, Co-owner & President

Ryan and his wife Kati are the owners of Creative Landscaping & Design, a company with 45 years of history helping to build beautiful, healthy communities in Southwest Michigan.  Ryan's goal has been to firmly position Creative as the premier landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Southwest Michigan while positively impacting everyone the company comes into contact with.  He is dedicated to providing growing opportunities for employees to use their God-given skills.  He currently serves on the board of Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce and in his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, church activities at The Chapel in St. Joseph, and enjoying family vacations with Kati and their two kids - Caleb and Karli.  


Kati Howard, Co-owner & Customer Care/Design Lead

Kati is the Lead Designer for Creative and is gifted in client service and creating well-thought-out outdoor living environments that help create memories for families and friends.  Kati has earned both a Bachelor's degree and Master's degree from Michigan State University in Education.  She and her design team are tremendously skilled in the area of landscape design having the ability to create digital CAD layouts and 3-D renderings for a professional and realistic experience.

Kati and Ryan have been married 22 years and have two teen-aged children who are active in their business during the summer months.  During the winter months she works part-time and focuses on home-educating their kids while contributing to and taking in regional and local cultural attractions and activities. 


Dave Hamlin, Operations Manager 

Dave has overall responsibility for all of our crews and works to ensure projects are completed with the highest quality.  Dave has over 15 years of experience owning his own landscaping business prior to joining Creative.  His caring nature and professional demeanor towards both employees and customers are a tremendous asset to the team. 

Dave has earned his Bachelor's degree from Daytona State College and his M.B.A. from Liberty University.  Dave also has his landscape design certification from Ashworth College and is certified through both the National Association of Landscape Professionals.  Dave and his wife Becca have three children who all attend St. Joseph Public Schools.  They enjoy adventure family vacations and are busy with kid's sports activities.

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Jen Sommer, Landscape Designer

Jen is one of our talented designers who is passionate about plants and creating unique and beautiful outdoor spaces.  Jen prides herself in carefully listening to her clients to professionally meld their ideas and personal criteria with sound, experienced design practice.  


Jen and her husband Dan have two children.  They enjoy spending time as a family and watching the latest superhero movies together.

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Adrian Campos, Estimator and Landscape Designer

Adrian is a native of the city of Curitiba/PR in Brazil.  He has a Bachelor's degree in architecture and urban planning with more than 10 years of experience in residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Adrian and his family moved to St. Joseph in 2018 due to his wife's relocation with Whirlpool.  His pastime includes spending time with his wife Marcella, their young daughter born in 2019, and sports activities.  

For Adrian, landscape design is the connection of artful composition and spatial organization to create attractive and functional spaces visually pleasing to the eye.

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Josiah Dubs, Maintenance Coordinator

Josiah has been with Creative since 2018 and has gained increased responsibilities in the area of softscaping and maintenance.  He provides overall leadership and accountability for our maintenance crews.  He enjoys being able to turn happy install customers into ongoing happy maintenance customers by ensuring the highest of quality and customer service.

Josiah has his Associate's degree in Landscape Management from the Southwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University partnership.  He enjoys spending time with his siblings and taking in Star Wars movie marathons in his spare time (originals and prequels only :) ).


Sandy Major, Office Manager

Sandy keeps our office processes organized and is often the first person you will talk with when calling our office.  She handles billing as well for the company and plant ordering activities. 

Sandy is a proud veteran of the armed forces, serving in the U.S. Army for many years.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and enjoys and her 3 dogs - Gidget, Gunner and Gabby. 


Creative Landscaping & Design is a full-service design, construction, and property maintenance company founded in 1976 by Peg and Scott Bormann in Berrien Springs, Michigan.  Through the Bormann's perseverance, dedication and genuine love of all things "green", they grew the company into a well-known and respected organization within the community over four decades. 


We will always be grateful to Scott and Peg for their hard work, dedication, love of plants, and the culture they helped establish over the years.  We are proud that many of the same crew members are still part of the team and learning and growing further as a family. 

Upon the Bormann's retirement and the sale/transfer of the company, the Howard's along with their dedicated team of professionals have worked to build upon the Creative brand and ensure a positive impact on all those that come into contact with the company.  In June 2018, they moved the business from its previous location on Hinchman Road in Berrien Springs to its' current convenient location on M-139 in south St. Joseph.