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.
Jose Lopez-Gonzolez, Residential Foreman
“I appreciate all the opportunities I have had working for Legends.”
Jose started working in landscaping in Reno in 1997. He has worked in maintenance, as a landscape laborer and is now a foreman. Jose is certified in landscaping and Osha 10.
Rene Flores, Residential Foreman
“I enjoy the team I work with and the variety of different projects.”
Rene has worked in the landscape industry for 14 years. He has worked as a laborer and now serves as a residential foreman. He is certified in heavy machinery operation and Osha 10.
Rodrigo Fernandez, Commercial Foreman
“What I enjoy best is planting and working with my boss, Kerry.”
Rodrigo started landscaping in 2007, working at the Cabela’s project in Reno. After beginning as a laborer, he is now a foreman for Legends. He specializes in irrigation systems, planting and keystone walls, and is Osha 10 certified.
Ismael Sanchez, Commercial Landscaping
“I like the way our team communicates and the variety of work we get to do.”
Ismael started landscaping in Reno in 2005. He has worked as a laborer and foreman and also has extensive construction experience. His certifications include equipment operator, underground utilities, and Osha 10.
Pete Schuhmacher, Driver
“I like working outdoors and being on different job sites with different challenges.”
Pete started working in landscaping in Reno in 1981. He has experience as a laborer, foreman, superintendent, and equipment operator, and is now a driver for Legends.
He holds a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and heavy equipment certification.
Jose Mendoza, Reno/Sparks Maintenance Manager
“I take pride in being a phone call away to beautify my client’s landscape needs”
Jose has worked in the landscaping industry for the last 25 years. He has taken over as our Reno/Sparks Maintenance AreaManager. He is a certified water-smart contractor with Southern Nevada WaterAuthority (AWWA) and a Back Prevention Assembly Tester (AWWA). Jose is bilingual and he is experienced in all trades of landscaping. He has run crews in new construction as well as enhancements and renovations for many years. Along with his extensive knowledge of irrigation systems, Jose has plenty of experience as a leader in the industry for many years.
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.