An Experienced Leadership Team
Jerry Schill, Co-Owner & President
Jerry holds a B.S. in Business Management from Glenville College where he played football as a wide receiver. He is passionate about his family and serving others in the community. He is a youth sports coach in Lorain County, Ohio and the founder of Holiday Feast, an annual charity event that provides free holiday meals for thousands of people in the Cleveland area. He also serves on the board of St. Mary Church in Elyria, Ohio.
Jim Schill, Co-Owner & Executive Vice President
Jim Schill has had a long career in the commercial landscaping industry. After graduating from Malone University with a B.S. in Business Management, he brought his business and sales expertise to Schill. With extensive experience in sales and operations — including the Sandler Training program — Jim has helped Schill reach new clients and customers throughout the Cleveland market.
Jim is a former Board member of the Ohio Landscapers Association (OLA). Outside of his role at Schill, his interests include coaching football and spending time with his family.
Bill Malin, Vice President of Operations
Bill brings a unique, customer’s perspective to Schill’s day-to-day operations. He was the vice president of operations and real estate for Discount Drug Mart and oversaw the operational needs of the chain’s 60 stores as well as corporate and warehouse sites. Bill’s management responsibilities included construction and maintenance projects, contracting in professional services, budget preparation, contract negotiations, as well as staff training, development and scheduling. In 2005, he stepped down from that position to help run his family restaurant in Vermilion.
Prior to starting at Schill, Bill was the operations/purchasing manager for EMH Regional HealthCare Systems. There, he excelled with a lean management approach, which focuses on improving efficiency and quality through incremental changes in workplace processes.
Rick Izold, Branch Manager of North Ridgeville
Rick Izold has been a member of the Schill Grounds Management team for over 21 years. He is ASCA-certified in Snow and Ice Management and is a graduate of Glenville State College. Rick enjoys spending his free time on the waters and beaches of Lake Erie and following the local professional and college sports teams.
Britt Stanz, Operations Manager Strongsville/Cleveland Branch
Britt Stantz runs all daily production at the Strongsville branch. He started out as a field supervisor and has been a member of the Schill Grounds Management team for 4 years. He was a 2002 graduate from Owens Technical College with an associates degree in turf management and plant science. He has been in the green industry for 16 years serving as an assistant and head golf course superintendent for 10 years. He is ASCA certified and a licensed pesticide applicator. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events and coaching his son’s athletic teams. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his son, daughter and wife!
Keith Clapper, Enhancement Manager of Operations
Keith has 18 years in the green industry specializing in design and landscape construction. Before joining Schill, Keith owned a landscape construction company specializing in patios, water features, landscape installation and custom decks. He is also an ASCA certified professional. Keith is a fan of all the Cleveland sports teams and also enjoys hunting, fishing, comedy clubs, bowling and spending time with friends and family.
Jay Lemasters, Client Care Specialist
Jay Lemasters is a Client Care Specialist who previously served as manager of operations and as a field supervisor. Before joining Schill Grounds Management, he was director of operations for a regional grounds management company and owner of a local business.
Jay holds ASCA Certification in Snow Management.
Robert Griffin, Location Manager/Client Care Specialist
Robert Griffin is a Location Manager and Client Care Specialist serving the Sandusky region. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Professional Golf Turf Management. This life-long Catawba resident comes to Schill with 20 years of experience in golf course management and construction and is ASCA certified.
Robert was manager at Kalahari Resorts, and served as the superintendent for Catawba Island Golf Club.
Travis Conner, Client Care Specialist
Travis Conner is a Client Care Specialist who brings a sales and business background. He is ASCA certified and has bachelor's degree in sales and marketing from the University of Toledo.
In his spare time, Travis enjoys playing golf, soccer and snowboarding in winter.
Chris McGhee, Client Care Specialist
Chris works closely with the Operation Managers and Foreman to ensure we meet all contractual commitments and that all work is clearly communicated to our team in the field. Chris is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University ATI. He has over 10 years of experience in the field doing a wide variety services. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, 3 children and friends. He enjoys watching Ohio State football and the Cleveland Indians. Other interests include many outdoor activities and listening to music.
Sam Craven, Business Development
Sam comes to Schill Grounds Management as a recent graduate from Ohio Northern University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Communication. Along with his degree he has extensive experience in retail sales. Sam will be responsible for the coordination and execution of new business development efforts for all of SGM’s Northeast Ohio locations (Strongsville, North Ridgeville, Sandusky). In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing sports and spending quality time with his family.