Meet Our Team
David studied geotechnical engineering at The Ohio State University. While a student at OSU, he was offered and accepted a scholarship to Samford University in Birmingham. David graduated from Samford with a degree in business administration.
Soon after graduating, David became interested in applying his background in geotechnical engineering and his degree in business administration to a new course of study in ornamental horticulture, in which he earned state licenses in Landscape Design (LD), Horticulture (SLP) and Ornamental Turf Pest Control (OTPC).
In 1983, David started his own landscaping business which has grown into DSLD Land Management that he operates alongside his three sons.
Mark has an undergraduate degree in accounting from Villanova University, an MBA in Finance from Drexel University and a Master Certificate in Six Sigma and Lean from Villanova University. Mark is responsible for the finance and accounting group and also works with the management team on strategic planning.
In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling with is family. Mark and his wife, Valerie, reside in Birmingham with their two children.
VP of Engineering
Fred DeLeon has joined the firm as Vice president of Engineering. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology and civil engineering, as well as juris doctor degree in law. He is a registered professional engineer and professional geologist in numerous states, as well as a licensed attorney in Alabama. He holds numerous professional certifications, among those is the ASCE Academy of Geoprofessionals board certification as a Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists certification of professional geologist (C.P.G.). He has over 30 years of combined geological, engineering, and legal experience. He will oversee DSLD’s engineering department and provide counsel to the firm.
VP of Construction
Zach has grown up learning the family buiness from the ground up. Upon graduating high school, Zach received the Millennial Scholarship from Troy University where he studied biomedical science for two years. After deciding that the family business was where his passion lay, he transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham and graduated with a degree in civil engineering. Zach has been studying for several industry wide certificiation exams, which has recently paid off as he became a state licensed landscape designer. Next, Zach looks forward to acquiring the Municipal and Utilities Contractor License.
VP of Operations/ Analytics
Austin started his career at DSLD as an intern where he was exposed to every facet of the company’s many service offerings. He came on full-time in 2019 after completing his degree and graduating Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in mechanical engineering. Through his time at DSLD, Austin has also become a state licensed landscape designer, a licensed residential home builder and a licensed general contractor.
Jason manages the collection and processing of all survey information needed for DSLD projects. He holds an associate degree in engineering technology and a Bachelors of Science in civil engineering from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Jason has been in the construction/civil engineering field for 25 years working in surveying, project management and design. He recently relocated to Alabama from northern Illinois.
Stephen is DSLD’s senior landscape designer. Stephen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in landscape architecture and has since been designing and providing oversight on landscape projects throughout the southeast. He has proven himself to be a great asset to DSLD’s service-oriented team. His expertise allows him to serve in all facets of the business.
Andy is from Auburn, Alabama, and holds a degree in landscape architecture from Mississippi State University. Andy spent the summer of 2020 as an intern with DSLD and is also a licensed landscape designer in the state of Alabama.
George is a senior CAD operator for DSLD Land Management where he designs, lays out and completes site plans, easements and permit drawings. He also prepares construction drawings for site, storm, sanitary and water improvements for all residential and commercial projects.
George is a graduate of Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in industrial technology. He enjoys being a father and husband and spends his time away from work enjoying DIY projects.
Information Technology CAD Associates
Ricky works in our I.T. department and plays an integral role in the design team; he provides topographical maps, site plans and pilots our Mavic Pro 2 Drone. Ricky is also a CAD operator and utilizes drone deploy and civil 3D to integrate information for our landscape designers and engineers.
In Ricky’s free time, he enjoys playing video games and staying active through soccer and going to the gym.
Information Technology CAD Associates
Jakob works in our I.T. department alongside Cole and Ricky, playing an essential role in our design process. Jakob provides topographical data and site plans to our landscape designers and engineers.
Chief Information Security Officer and Production Manager
Growing up alongside his father, Cole is the oldest of three boys and one girl and has learned the family business from the ground up. He attended Jefferson State Community College where he studied horticulture and computer science. Today, Cole is fully engaged in the day-to-day operations of DSLD from production to providing technical support for the company. Cole has his Class A, Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Cole resides in Birmingham with his wife, Amy, and his three sons.
Assistant Production Manager
Growing up alongside his father, Miles has learned the family business from the ground up. Since 2016, Miles has excelled in the excavation and construction side of the business. Miles holds a state license in Landscape Design (LD) and Horticulture (SLP) and has his Class A, Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Miles was recently promoted to Assistant Production Manager.
Swimming Pool/ Construction Superintendent
Brett is married and has two great kids. He has built pools since he was a teenager in Wisconsin. He has enjoyed working at DSLD for over 20 years and is an expert in just about every aspect of residential construction. His passion is creating amazing backyards!
Client Relationships Executive Assistant
Noelle is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She was a naval officer and has also volunteered as a mentor for young women and as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL).
Noelle enjoys spending time with her family, kayaking at Oak Mountain State Park and hiking new places with her husband, Martin.
Kelly was born and raised in Ohio and attended Miami University. She holds a degree in graphic design and closely guards the company’s logo and advertising.
Kelly is a recent transplant to beautiful Alabama with her husband, Brian, and their four children.
Hailing from the great state of Texas, AshileeMarie spent her formative years on an emu and ostrich farm. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Information Science at the University of Alabama. AshileeMarie puts her strong communication skills to work as DSLD’s Procurement Manager. Beyond her professional pursuits, AshileeMarie enjoys working out and is an avid dog lover who enjoys spending quality time with her two canine companions.
Aubrey grew up in Florida where she attended Jacksonville University and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental sustainability. Since working for DSLD, she has acquired her Landscape Design (LD) license.
Aubrey works in the accounting department where she brightens everyone’s day.
Amy joined the DSLD team as an office assistant. She loves being a part of the family owned business and lending her organizational skills to keep the business running smoothly. “I love the team mentality David has integrated into everyday office work.” she says.
AquaScapes Store Manager
Angel graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree. Angel manages the DSLD AquaScapes and Desjoyaux Pools store on Hwy 280 across from Lee Branch. Angel is married to Zach and together they like to spend time with their son, Barrett, and their dog, Asher.
Helen is the backbone of DSLD, keeping her husband, David, and three sons, Cole, Zach and Miles, pointed in the right direction. She has worked as a homemaker raising their three sons as well as a daughter, Danielle McKenzie. Helen has worked side-by-side with David in every facet of the company since 1994.
Today Helen enjoys helping out at the AquaScapes retail store on Highway 280.