MEET OUR TEAM
David H. Sharp
Pursuing his life-long interest in horticulture and business, coupled with a background in drainage and soil erosion, DavidSharp was inspired to create the ideal landscape construction company specializing in residential design and installation. This inspiration is now DSLD Land Management Company, Inc., a full service design/build landscape
contractor firm located in Birmingham, Alabama, founded in 1983.
Upon graduation from high school David studied Geotechnical Engineering at the Ohio State University. During his studies at OSU, he participated in a work-study program, which led him to Evanston, Wyoming to work at a gasification plant as a QC Engineer with Cooper and Clark Engineering and later spent two years working back and forth from Washington D.C. to Columbus, Ohio while he was employed at CTL Engineering. While a student at OSU David was offered and accepted a scholarship to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. David graduated from Samford University with a degree in Business Administration and a full-time position with Ground Engineering Company.
Soon after graduating David became interested in applying his background in Geotechnical Engineering and Business Administration to a new course of study in Ornamental Horticulture. After returning to school and obtaining the requisite education in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, DSLD Land Management was launched.
Over the years David has been a speaker at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Public Library’s Lecture Series, and at various garden clubs throughout the Birmingham area. In addition to learning from the environment around him, David has developed a more thorough understanding of various cultural landscape design applications from his travels throughout Europe and Asia visiting gardens and landscapes in over 20 countries.
David firmly believes in the value of family. Not only does he enjoy his family, but also works to improve the lives of families with at risk children. David enjoys coaching soccer and sits on two National BOD’s where he volunteers on behalf of foster and adopted children across the country.
J. Cole Sharp
FIELD SERVICES MANAGER/IT SUPPORT
Growing up alongside his father, Cole Sharp learned the family business from the ground up. After graduating from high school, Cole attended Jefferson State Community College where he studied Computer Information Systems Technology and Mathematics. In addition to his major courses, he took Horticulture courses to enhance his knowledge of the family business. While at Jefferson State Community College he maintained a 3.5 grade point average.
Today Cole is fully engaged in the day to day operations of DSLD; from sales to installation as well as providing technical support for all DSLD computers and electronic devices. Cole is a Certified Rainbird Irrigation Specialist and takes pride in designing irrigation systems. His designs not only offer matched precipitation to botanicals and turf alike, but also highlight his conservation of our clients’ water.
Amy Sharp joined the DSLD team as office manager. She loves being a part of the family-owned business and lending her organizational skills to keeping the business running smoothly. “I love the team mentality that David has integrated into everyday office work,” she said. “When you are working toward a common goal, it gives purpose and life to the task at hand. Also, having been in business for over 30 years and having established themselves as leaders in the land management and landscape design community, it’s inspiring to see what has already been accomplished and leaves me motivated to find ways to leave my footprint and invest in such an inspiring company.”