We are a sum of our parts — great people make for a great company.
Mike Schuhmacher, Owner “It is personally rewarding to change the face of an area.”
Mike started in the landscaping business 35 years ago. In 1992, he launched Legends Landscaping which has been a fixture of Reno landscaping for more than a quarter century. As founder of the company, Mike has held every position along the way, from laborer to landscape designer, heavy equipment operator to foreman. He built Legends with an approach unique in the Reno market — do it all and do it all well. Legends was among the first Reno landscape companies to offer start-to-finish design and installation, including curbing, pavers, irrigation, water features and decorative concrete. He is proud of his company’s commitment to quality work delivered on-time and on-budget.
Carrie Cowan, Owner “I am so grateful and proud to have the opportunity to help grow a company that I have been dedicated to for so many years. I have passion for creating incredible landscape environments, solving problems with creative solutions, and building long-standing relationships with clients.”
Carrie’s first job was working in the nursery department when she was in high school. The job ignited her passion for plants, people, and working outside. She has worked in every aspect of landscaping since, including residential estimator/designer, superintendent, commercial superintendent, commercial estimator, and project manager. In her 23-year career, she has been certified as a nurseryman, certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, OSHA 30 certified. Carrie also holds a degree in construction management, her C-10 landscape license, and a C-5 concrete license.
Erik Miller, Commercial Estimator “It is a great joy to begin with a blank canvas and exceed my clients expectations with the end project”
Erik joined Legends Landscaping in July of 2020 as a Commercial Estimator. He has been involved in the landscape industry since 1983, starting a neighborhood maintenance business while in school. After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1997, Erik made his passion of exceeding client expectations his full-time career. Erik’s experience with landscape design, estimating, and construction, both residential and commercial, has made him a valuable Estimator as he has the knowledge of what it takes to build a project from start to finish.
Todd Barnes, Commercial Superintendent “I love working with and taking care of people”
Todd has been in the Landscaping Industry for over 6 years. He is an excellent leader who is always willing to go the extra mile for his teams and our clients. His favorite thing about his job is seeing the finished product come together. Todd is certified in landscaping & has his OSHA 30.
Rodrigo Fernandez, Commercial Superintendent “What I enjoy best is planting and working with my boss, Carrie.”
Rodrigo started landscaping in 2007, working at the Cabela’s project in Reno. After beginning as a laborer, he has worked his way up to Superintendent. He is both humble and incredibly knowledgeable. He specializes in irrigation systems, planting and keystone walls, and is OSHA 10 certified.
Joel Hammeke, Residential Superintendent “Hard works pays off”
Joel joined the Legend’s family this Summer and has extensive leadership experience and is a certified paver & block wall installer. He leads by example and spends a lot of time nurturing relationships with both his teammates and clients. He loves being able to transform a blank canvas into a work of art.
Lacey Russell, Residential Estimator “My favorite part about my job is making a friend out of my clients.”
Lacey has been with Legend’s Landscaping for almost 3 years. With a background in design – she is an amazing asset to our estimating team offering her innovative and original ideas to ensure her designs are picture perfect.
Craig Stolo, Residential Estimator “Landscaping is a great way to get creative”
Craig has been in the Landscaping Industry for 30+ years! He loves working with a team to make all of his client’s dreams become a reality. He is a creative genius who enjoys the design process the most.
Justin Ramirez, Maintenance Superintendent “I am very proud of the work I get to do every day.”
Justin has recently taken over our Maintenance division. He is bilingual and experienced in all trades of landscaping. He runs several crews and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when a job needs to be done.