Houston Landscapes Staff

Dean Carpenter/President and CEO

Dean Carpenter is the President and CEO of Houston Landscapes Unlimited (HLU).  It was evident early on that Dean was a born entrepreneur when he started an auto body shop at age fourteen in his parent's garage.
His work ethic was instilled as a child when he worked on his uncle's farm in North Dakota during summers.  At age twelve, he worked in the construction business with his older cousin.  In 1983, Dean moved to Sugar Land where he founded HLU with little more than a vision and a strong back.
Under Dean's leadership, the company has become one of the area's leading commercial landscaping firms with over 100 employees serving the Greater Houston and Metropolitan area.  The company's recognition includes awards for their work on the Avalon clubhouse and 1401 Enclave.  Dean is a Licensed Irrigator, a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in the State of Texas, and a Certified Landscape Professional through the Planet Network (a national organization).
Some of the largest projects include; The Avalon Residential Community, Aliana Residential Community, Telfair Residential Community, First Colony Commons, Market at Town Center, Sugar Land Town Square, Sweetwater Plaza and Methodist Hospital, just to name a few, and the largest projects to date are NRG Park (Home of the Texans), and BBVA Compass Stadium (Home of the Dynamos).
As an active member of his local business communities, Dean's current affiliations include; Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA), Planet Network, Community Associates Institute (CAI), Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and Central Fort Bend Chamber of Alliance (CFBCA).  Additionally, he has been a member of the Sugar Land Rotary Club since 1989. Dean is also a graduate of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce 1991 Leadership Class and from the CFBCA Leadership Class of 2001.
Dean and his wife Sylvia have three children and they live in Sugar Land. In addition to operating a business and his community activities, Dean has also taught CCE to seventh grade students at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land. In his spare time, Dean enjoys playing golf, ice hockey, biking and camping, and overcoming all the challenges that life brings on.
Dean can be contacted at deanc@houstonlandscapes.com.

Sylvia Carpenter/Vice President and Marketing Manager

Sylvia C. Carpenter is the Marketing Director and provides Marketing and PR for HLU. She is the lead coordinator for events and press releases out to the community and provides communication with potential and current clients. Sylvia is responsible for generating maintenance invoices and daily operational invoices. Along with these important responsibilities she offers assistance to any employee as needed to assure a stress free environment. Sylvia can be reached at sylviac@houstonlandscapes.com.


Juan Tejada/Senior Estimator

Juan Tejada, a US Army Vet,  is a local UH alum and graduate with a BA in Finance.  He has lived in Houston for over 40 years and is a big sports fan, especially all Houston professional teams.  He also loves Texas Hold-Em and going to the movies.  Juan started at HLU in 2006 as the Maintenance Supervisor before becoming the Senior Estimator in 2007. He provides estimating for all HLU services (Landscape & Irrigation Installation, Maintenance & Hardscape).  Juan takes the lead at HLU in establishing and pursuing business relationships with Customers (Owners & Architects), General Contractors and Sub-contractors. Juan can be reached at JuanT@houstonlandscapes.com

Joann Winstead, HR/Payroll Manager

Joann Winstead is the HR/Payroll department of HLU.  Joann is a native Texan who has worked in Human Resources for over 20 years.   Joann worked for a plastics manufacturing facility and an oil and gas company prior to joining HLU in late 2006.  Along with her HR/Payroll duties, Joann also assists with contract administration making sure contracts are processed properly with required documents, signed, and returned promptly to HLU customers.  Joann can be reached at joannw@houstonlandscapes.com.


Rome Alfaro/Maintenance Dept. General Manager

Rome Alfaro oversees all maintenance contracts for HLU.  He has worked in the landscape and irrigation field since 1985.  Rome was born in El Salvador and relocated at the age of 23 to Houston.  He began working in the banquet and hotel industry before joining Dean with HLU that same year.  As time passed on, Rome was soon invited to participate in maintenance, landscape and irrigation seminars and was given the opportunity to cooperate in the growth of the industry.  He emerged with the task to begin training new employees and future leaders.  Today, HLU recognizes Rome as a highly-valued employee due to his leadership characteristics and his commitment to do the best job possible on every commercial project he leads.  He prides himself with delivering the best experience to all HLU's clients and always makes sure they are satisfied.  Rome can be reached at romea@houstonlandscapes.com.

Deborah Winkelman / Horticulture Purchaser

Debora has over 15 years in the landscape industry. She has a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. Deborah has worked in San Antonio, Austin and Houston areas of Texas. She understands the Texas landscape and enjoys working with the variety of climates and plants available here. She is very knowledgeable in seasonal color, perennials and organic landscape practices. As buyer for HLU she will be putting her plant knowledge to good use. When Deborah wears her Account Manager hat she will keep her eyes on details of our client's landscapes. Deborah can be reached at Deborahw@houstonlandscapes.com.

Angela Orduna / Accounts Payable

Angela has 25 years combined experience in Accounts Payable, Procurement and Warehouse Management within the Pharmaceutical and Oil & Gas industry.  May 2016, she has recently received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Colorado Technical University and is continuing her education to obtain her Bachelors.  Her responsibilities with H.L.U. includes handling Accounts Payable with accuracy, efficiency, adaptability and to provide the best customer service to our vendors.  On her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also volunteers for Emergency Response in her community. Angela can be reached at apm@houstonlandscapes.com.

Irene Tufo / Special Projects Manager

Irene has been in the landscaping industry for over 10 years. She also brings 8 years of Project Management practices from her previous work experience in the Oil and Gas Manufacturing Industry. At HLU, she is involved in all of the construction projects and manages all AIA contract submittals. She is actively working in several business processes improvements that promote the latest technology tools to achieve on-time and successful projects. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Irene loves family time, going to the movies and working out. Irene can be reached at irenet@houstonlandscapes.com.

Cesar Tejada/Field Manager

Cesar Tejada is a native Houstonian and has applied his devotion to the Landscape and Irrigation Field for the last 20 years. Cesar works as Field Manager for HLU with dedication and professionalism. He strives to be the best in the industry. Cesar can be reached at cesart@houstonlandscapes.com.


Victor Serrano/Landscape & Irrigation Installation General Manager

Victor has 31 years of experience in the landscape and irrigation industry.  He is OSHA certified in general industrial safety & health.  He is also a Rain Bird Factory Trained Maxicom Technician.  Victor has been a long-time member of the HLU team since 1997.  Prior to HLU, Victor worked with several landscaping companies in Fort Bend County.  He also worked in the Janitorial Industry in the Big Apple (NY).  Victor can be reached at victors@houstonlandscapes.com.


Jeanette Witherspoon/Accounting Department

Jeanette has been a valued employee at HLU for over eighteen years. She keeps the HLU books and keeps HLU growing. Jeanette understands all the nuances of the Accounting Department.  She has always been willing to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done.  Jeannette can be reached at jeanettew@houstonlandscapes.com.


Jo Ann Petrosky/ Accounting Manager

Jo Ann has been the Accounts Payable Manager at HLU since 2010.  A Texas native, she is the mother of four as well as the grandmother of four.  Jo Ann has spent her entire career working in the construction industry.  Before joining HLU as the Accounts Payable Manager, she worked for a lumber company and a stabilized material company. She is experienced in Sales, Management and Accounting.  One of the best work experiences Jo Ann recalls is being able to participate in Habitat for Humanity.  Jo Ann can be reached at arm@houstonlandscapes.com.


Susana Calero/Project Management Assistant / Permits

Susana has worked in Construction and Landscape for over 8 years and provides support to both Purchasing and Operations Department at HLU. She received her Associates Degree at University of Houston in 2013 and will be graduating with Bachelors in December 2015. She brings customer service skills to the table and applies managing tactics. Susana can be reached at: Susanac@houstonlandscapes.com


Veronica Aguilar/Operations Coordinator

Veronica Aguilar is Dean's Executive Assistant with duties including customer relations, handling emails and various office tasks. She also assists with the maintenance operations duties. Prior to joining HLU she worked in customer service for Memorial Hermann and Health Insurance Companies. She attended University of Houston downtown branch in 1998 and is a mother of 4 beautiful children. Veronica was born and raised in Rosenberg, TX and takes pride in her work helping others. Veronica can be reached at VeronicaA@houstonlandscapes.com


Wade Guerra/ Field Manager

Wade Guerra comes to HLU with 9 years of experience in landscape and irrigation construction and maintenance. He is also Wets trained in irrigation systems and OSHA certified. He is responsible for project construction of new irrigation, drainage and landscape. His objective is to do the best job on time and under budget. He is a team player and is committed to the satisfaction of our customers. Wade can be reached at Wadeg@houstonlandscapes.com

Dale Hardin, Jr./ North Branch Manager

Dale Hardin has over 30 years of experience in the landscape construction and maintenance industry. His experience in commercial construction includes irrigation, drainage/grading, civil, hardscapes, best management practices, storm water pollution programs. His career projects include Master Planned Developments, City Streetcapes, Athletic Fields, Commercial Properties and Golf Courses. Having spent 10 years in California, he has returned to his native Houston using his expertise to manage irrigation and landscape installations and landscape management at our North Houston location. He also enjoys fishing, golf and playing the guitar. Dale can be reached at: Daleh@houstonlandscapes.com


Duke DuPonte / North Field Manager

Duke DuPonte was born and raised in Hawaii. He has over 30 years  experience in installation of landscape, designs, irrigation, drainage, lighting, gas torches, hard scape, swimming pools, ponds & fabricated rock boulders.  He is working for HLU in our North office as Field Manager.    Duke has been married for over 22 years with 6 kids & 8 grandchildren, family is everything to him, and he enjoys spending time with his children.  He believes that “We are all here doing a positive thing to our planet bringing oxygen through plants. Duke can be reached at duked@houstonlandscapes.com


Jorge Gonzalez / Project Manager

Jorge Gonzalez has been in the construction business for over 15 years, and has also worked in the accounting/financing industry.  He is a graduate of the University of Miami with a B.A. in Business Administration.  He is a huge sports fan and has lived in Houston over 40 years. He enjoys helping his co-workers making sure our customers are satisfied throughout the entire project from beginning to end.   Jorge can be reached at: pm@houstonlandscapes.com