The TruNorth Management Staff 2018-08-16T16:02:09+00:00

The TruNorth Team

Doug Bonnell

General Operations Manager

With over 30 years in the Green Industry, Doug specializes in landscape maintenance and management of commercial and private residential properties. With a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Doug’s responsibilities include staff hiring and management, project estimating and management, developing budgets, and monitoring job costs and profits.

Patti Bonnell

Office Manager

Patti has worked as an administrator for a wide range of industries, helping to build successful businesses.  With a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Patti’s responsibilities include Managing Accounting, Human Resources, Payroll, and Marketing.

Mark Polinko

Landscape Architect

Mark is a registered landscape architect with over 30 years of design/build experience specializing in the design and project management of commercial and private residential projects. Marks drawings offer our customers a clear understanding of design principles and how they are incorporated into successful landscape designs.

Emily Elshoff – Administrative & Accounting Asst.

Emily graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture with a focus in Design, Construction, and Management. She has spent the past 3 years in the area working as an agriculture consultant for tree fruit and wine grapes and is looking forward to a change back into the landscaping business.

Cysilia Schaub – Design & Sales Asst.

Cysilia worked for three years as a private Gardener for Northport Pointe Service Company and has been in the Landscape industry for several years. She has a degree from Northwestern Michigan College in Plant Science, with a Professional Certification in Landscape Management from Michigan State. Cysilia is working alongside our Landscape Architect, building her skills in design and sales.  Cysilia is a Michigan Associate Certified Green Industry Professional.

Jeff Elshoff – Project Manager

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design, Construction, and Management from Michigan State University, Jeff brings an excellent skill set, varied experience, and a broad range of knowledge in the landscaping field.  He is a Certified Green Industry Professional and a Natural Shoreline Professional and has worked in the field as a landscape construction foreman for many years. Jeff’s ability to understand complex landscape designs and effectively manage people makes him a valuable Project Manager.

Zach VanDyke – Landscape Foreman

Zach is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, specializing in Landscape Design, Construction, and Management. Zach is a Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP) and has many years experience in the landscape industry, both in the construction area as well as in a nursery setting. Zach’s strong character and work ethic are outstanding.

Taylor Kratochvil – Landscape Foreman

Taylor is a Suttons Bay/Traverse City native who has several years of landscaping experience in the Northwest region of Michigan. Taylor holds a Michigan State University Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, specializing in Landscape Design, Construction, and Management. He also is a Certified Green Industry Professional. Taylor’s even disposition, flexibility, and strong work ethic make him a successful Foreman.

Tyler Wilken – Landscape Foreman

Tyler first began working in the Green Industry as a teenager in the maintenance area. He subsequently gained experience in both hardscaping and equipment operation.  After moving from Ohio to the Traverse City area Tyler continued expanding his knowledge and skills in landscaping and now leads a landscaping crew.

Brent Wilken – Landscape Foreman

Brent started in the Green Industry in Ohio at the age of 16, working over the summer at a landscaping company. Following graduation, Brent was promoted to a maintenance foreman position.  After moving to Michigan  Brent joined TruNorth working on both maintenance and landscaping crews and is currently a foreman of a landscaping crew.

Chris Sobeck – Landscape Maintenance Supervisor

Chris comes to TruNorth from Southeast Michigan after spending the last 20 years in the private golf course sector, including time at Warwick Hills Country Club, Oakland Hills Country Club, and Pine Lake Country Club. Chris carries a certificate in Turf Grass Management from Michigan State University, along with a Bachelor’s of Science concentrating in Outdoor and Environmental Recreation from Central Michigan University.