About Us

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Horticulture Staff


Charles Owen

City Arborist and Horticulturist
Charles Owen grew up in Georgia and earned his bachelors degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia, in 1985. He worked at the Holden Arboretum and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo before coming to Brecksville in 2000. Hobbies include most non-firearm related outdoor activities, but, especially bicycling. He lives and gardens in Parma Heights.

Bryan Holt
Horticultural Assistant

Bryan Holt grew up in Brecksville and earned his bachelors degree in Organizational Communication from Ohio University. He has significant experience in customer service and operations, and owned his own Tree Care Company prior to joining the City of Brecksville Team in 2012. Hobbies include anything outside and supporting The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by fund-raising through his participation in athletic events including triathlons and marathons. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Brecksville.

Jim Kasmarcak
Horticultural Assistant
Jim has been in the horticulture and landscape industry since 1980. He ran his own landscaping business for 15 years, before moving on to work for Monteleone’s Landscaping for 9 years. When he got married and started a family, he decided to work for the City of Brecksville, so that he could spend more time with his family. In 2007, Jim acquired his pesticide applicator’s license.