NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OHIO — Feb. 7, 2022 — Schill Grounds Management (“Schill” or the “Company”) has hired seasoned executive Bob Stopar as Chief Financial Officer to enhance performance and efficiencies as Schill drives consolidation in the highly fragmented commercial landscaping and snow and ice removal industry.
Stopar will oversee financial controls, reporting, capital structures, cash management, financial performance and progress on key merger integration targets as Schill acquires other landscaping companies in the Upper Midwest and beyond.
Stopar brings several decades of executive leadership and financial experience to Schill. He was most recently the CFO of Rohrer Corporation, a packaging solutions manufacturer that transitioned from a family-owned business into a professionally run organization while going through two acquisitions by private equity firms.
In that role, Stopar helped lead Rohrer through four strategic acquisitions as revenue more than doubled and the company expanded to eight locations, two of them international. In addition to his CFO role, Stopar also led financial, human resources and legal due diligence, populated the data room, created and delivered management presentations and coordinated change in control. He also led corporate development during and after integration to harvest savings, meet synergies goals and achieve financial targets.
“Bob has extremely valuable experience with merger integrations, complex multi-location operations, and sophisticated corporate processes and controls that will help Schill achieve a new level of maturity as our business grows,” said Jerry Schill, Founder and CEO of Schill Grounds Management.
Earlier in his career, Stopar was a Division Controller at PTC Alliance Corporation and he held increasingly senior roles at FLEX (formerly Solectron Corporation), The Kennedy Group Inc., Trinitech International Inc., BDO (formerly SS&G Financial Services) and Applied Industrial Technologies.
He served in the United States Army and in the Army Reserves before switching to a career in business. Stopar holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Cleveland State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
“When I met Jerry, I was immediately drawn to the warm and inviting culture at Schill and I’m excited to join a team with an ambitious vision for growth through consolidation,” Stopar said. “Schill has already adopted best-in-class platforms for enterprise resource planning, HR/payroll, sales and customer relationship management, and other core functions, which create a powerful backbone for a fast-growing company to realize more efficiencies and automations as we expand.”
Stopar is building out a financial management and corporate development team for Schill Grounds Management.
Schill recently hired Patrick Quinlan as Corporate Development Manager to manage the acquisition targets pipeline, prepare business case analyses, track deal progress and merger integration milestones, document and manage closing action items, drive accountability on deadlines, and help keep management teams focused on running smooth operations during the integration.
Quinlan was formerly an Investment Banking Associate at VRA Partners, where he worked on more than a dozen sell-side mergers and acquisitions and managed all aspects of transactions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in business administration and politics at Washington and Lee University.
Schill has made five acquisitions in the past year and a half as it builds a “house of brands” through consolidation in an industry that’s dominated by small local and regional family-owned operators. The acquisitions are: Enviroscapes, Ward + Thornton Landscapes, Fredericks Landscaping, Ohio Valley Group, and McCoy Landscape Services.
Schill continues to actively seek to acquire additional landscaping and snow and ice removal providers of all sizes in the Midwest and beyond.
ABOUT SCHILL GROUNDS MANAGEMENT
Schill Grounds Management is a leading provider of year-round landscaping and snow and ice removal services for multi-family, retail, office, mixed-use, healthcare and industrial properties of all sizes in the Upper Midwest. The Company, which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, was founded in 1993 by Jerry Schill, who still serves as President and CEO. Over the last three decades Schill has grown from a single branch operator in Northeast Ohio to a 13-branch operator serving thousands of properties across Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In 2020, Argonne Capital Group, LLC made a majority investment in Schill as part of a strategic plan to consolidate the fragmented commercial landscaping industry. To learn more, please visit schilllandscaping.com.
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