MEET THE TEAM

biopic-Agli

AGLI GOXHAJ

FOUNDING CO-OWNER

Agli is a founding co-owner of Simply Green Landscaping. He oversees customer and employee relations, marketing, sales and overall company operations. Agli moved to the US from Albania when he was 16 years old, and spent his younger years in West Virginia. He moved to Charleston, SC in 2005 after graduating from Marshall University where he earned his degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Agli and Josh met on their first week at Marshall University, and have worked together ever since. They founded Simply Green Landscaping in 2007, and continue to work to grow the company. Agli is married with three beautiful children and enjoys outdoor adventures and spending time with his family.

biopic-Josh

JOSH RUTAN

FOUNDING CO-OWNER

Josh is founding co-owner of Simply Green Landscaping and oversees the installations and design team. Growing up in Telluride, Colorado, a ski town in the San Juan Mountains; Josh found his way to the mountains of West Virginia and Marshall University. This is where his friendship with co-founder, Agli Goxhaj, began and the business adventure started. Josh graduated from Marshall University in 2004 and after several years working in the food and beverage industry, Josh and Agli decided to start their own business in 2007. This was the beginning of Simply Green Landscaping where over the years not only has the business grown, but so has their friendship. Josh is also married, and they enjoy hitting the Colorado slopes and ski any chance they get!

biopic-Krysta

KRYSTA MARTINEZ

GENERAL MANAGER

Krysta came to Simply Green Landscaping in 2014 when it was just the owners running the company and crews. Krysta worked closely with Agli on developing systems and growing the business; along with overseeing office operations and customer service. Through her hard work and loyalty to the company over the years, she has proven herself to be the right-hand to the owners and was promoted to General Manager. Her vision for the company is to be the best in the Lowcountry, and in doing that, providing opportunity for growth for those employed at Simply Green Landscaping.

biopic-Brooks

BROOKS SWANGER

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

Brooks was born and raised in the Charleston area and attended Clemson University, where he studied landscape architecture. After graduating in 2004, Brooks worked under Landscape Architect’s such as Sheila Wertimer and Robert Chestnut mainly designing historic gardens. Over the years Brooks has gained invaluable knowledge about plant material and hardscape design and has now brought his passion to Simply Green Landscaping. During your free consultation, Brooks will be the one helping you design the yard of your dreams. To see samples of his work, please visit our Portfolio page.

biopic-Tonya

TONYA McCLELLEN

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

Tonya’s education in gardening started at a young age helping her parents work in the garden. While she saw it as chore as a youngster, through the years it grew into a true passion. In addition to a B.S. degree in Strategic Management, Tonya is also a Certified Master Gardener, Certified Master Rain Gardener and Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor. Before moving to the Charleston area and starting her own gardening business, Tonya worked as a project manager in Atlanta for a large real estate corporation doing commercial build-outs and has over 15 years of project managing experience. But landscape design and getting in the garden is her true calling. Upon moving to Charleston, Tonya started a small gardening business that focused on full landscape design with a specialty in perennials, butterfly, edible and native plant gardens. Which ultimately lead her to Simply Green Landscaping. Where the fantastic crews and staff better enable her landscape designs to become a reality. So, if Tonya is not in her yard, your yard or at your business designing and installing desirable, as well as functional landscapes then it must be raining!

biopic-Jessica

JESS NEWTON

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Jessica grew up all over the US and Canada and has lived in Charleston for over ten years. She attended the College of Charleston where she studied elementary education and communications. She has a background in digital marketing and preschool teaching. She handles administrative tasks like scheduling and customer service. She works closely with Krysta to ensure total client satisfaction and top-notch service. She has a daughter in elementary school and enjoys yoga and making art in her free time.