MEET THE TEAM / CORPORATE DIVISION
Sean Lander

Sean Lander

Chief Financial Officer

ABOUT SEAN

Sean’s experience and education has helped facilitate and support a seamless transition during Empire’s rigorous growth. He continuously strives to build his knowledge and experience within the green industry while sticking to his principals.

Sean joined the Empire team in January 2015 and graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in both finance and accounting.

Blake Bingham

Blake Bingham

Operations Manager

ABOUT BLAKE

Experienced arborist of twelve years with a passion to preserve and appreciate the outdoors and the environment, as well as extensive operating skills with machinery, trucks, heavy and light equipment. Blake’s organization and management capabilities in overseeing and executing environmental plantings, site preparation, environmental restoration, tree care, and clearing projects, have landed him in Empire’s top managerial position as Operations Manager. Blake now oversees every division in Empire while still managing close relations with contractors and ensuring a quality project done to preserve the “Empire Way”.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • ISA Certified Arborist # MA-5717A
  • MD Licensed Tree Expert LTE # 2092
  • MD Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA # 1986
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • SHA/MDE Erosion & Sediment Control Certified RPC004451
  • OSHA 30
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid
Mike Pickett

Mike Pickett

General Manager

ABOUT MIKE

Career professional with 15 years of experience in all phases of environmental restoration. Mike’s new role as General Manager allows him to use his experience, knowledge, and problem-solving skills to keep all the divisions as efficient as possible while mentoring employees at every level. He continues to manage Empire’s fleet, develops quality training protocols and programs and safety is and always will be Mike’s #1 priority.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert LTE # 1961
  • LCA Landscape Industry Certified (CLT)
  • SHA/MDE Erosion & Sediment Control Certified Yellow Card #53753941 / RPC 004451
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • OSHA 30
  • CPR, AED, and First Aid
  • USACE/NAVFAC Construction Quality Management WA9-01-22-500
  • DC OPLA Operating Engineer Construction Equipment
Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens

Safety Manager

ABOUT JOE

Career outdoor and environmental educator, Joe utilized those skills to establish a second career with Empire. He spent his first 3 years as a Project Superintendent and when Empire re-structured into divisions Joe helped establish the human resources position. Empire’s continued growth made it clear that adding safety to the HR position was going to be better accomplished by establishing a separate Health and Safety position. With the addition of our new HR generalist, Joe has been enabled to earn his OSHA 500 (trainer card) and ISA license to expand his knowledge of safe work practices across all scopes of what Empire can offer.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • ISA Certified Arborist MA-7143A

  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert LTE #2265

  • OSHA-500 Trainer

  • CPR, AED, and First Aid
Gianfranco Demichelli

Gianfranco Demichelli

Human Resources

ABOUT GIANFRANCO

With more than 8 years of experience in the business communications and strategy with a strong focus on human resources including executive recruitment and operational/personnel management tools and strategy.

Gianfranco also bilingual in Spanish, joined the Empire team in November 2023 and graduated from University of Lima (Perú) with a bachelor’s degree in science of communication, specializing in business communications.

Zuhal Asadi

Accounting Specialist

ABOUT ZUHAL

Zuhal is an accounting and administrative professional with 5+ years of combined experience in accounting, financial analysis, and office operations.

Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Estimating/Sales Manager

ABOUT KAREN

Estimating team manager including project estimation, business development for new and existing clients and bid management. Dedicated to high levels of client satisfaction and meeting business goals. Karen joined the Empire Team in 2012.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Maryland and an AA Degree in Business Management.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • MD Licensed Tree Expert LTE #2259
  • CPR, AED and First Aid
Camden Kent

Camden Kent

Estimator

ABOUT CAMDEN

Camden came to Empire with an excellent background that includes a degree from UMD in Turf and Golf Course Management, 10 years of experience in commercial landscaping and 5 years working in estimating and construction of stormwater management and stream restoration.  He came back to his Maryland roots after working for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection where he estimated, developed, and managed construction projects.  Prior to that he worked as a project estimator for EQR where he gained valuable knowledge and rose to the position level that many take years to achieve.  He has taken on new challenges with Empire as an estimator for all our divisions of production. Camden has made an immediate impact and we are excited about his future with the team.

Luke Rehr

Luke Rehr

Estimator

ABOUT LUKE

Luke was a welcomed addition to the Empire team in March of 2022.  He has over a decade of project management and estimating experience with companies we have worked closely with including Angler Environmental, R.E.S (formerly Angler) and Bourn Environmental.  With his knowledge of the industry, Luke will take our estimating team to new heights and give us an even bigger footprint in the environmental restoration field.  Luke not only knows our scope of work but will be able to add to it and we are excited to see where his talents take us in the future.

Kelly Maszkiewicz

Kelly Maszkiewicz

Compliance Administrator

ABOUT KELLY

Kelly has been working with Empire for over 10 years and has been a trustworthy and appreciated asset for the office administration. Her history and knowledge about Empire allows the administration to run smoothly and efficiently. She has been handling Certified Payroll, MBE Reporting, and many other reports for Empire, as well as numerous other office tasks that are completed in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Kelly joined the team in May 2011 after graduating from Paint Branch High School and has since gotten an associate degree in Game Design & Development.” We are truly thankful to have Kelly (and her mother!) as integral parts of the Empire team!

Bill Gahs

Bill Gahs

Purchaser

ABOUT BILL

Bill joined the Empire Landscape team in September 2022.  He has been working in the Horticultural Industry his entire life. He grew up in a family-owned wholesale greenhouse business, then in his adult life, he went on to own a garden center, a landscape company, and through 3 decades of experience, he has acquired a vast knowledge of the ‘Green Industry’.  He looks forward to using those skills and knowledge, specifically his experience as a purchaser, as well as the relationships he has forged with vendors and nurseries along the east coast, to make Empire Landscape as successful as can be!

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Training Program
  • Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH)