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Vernon Hills, IL—


James Martin Associates (JMA) is pleased to announce that Brian Stanley has joined their team as Chief Business Development and Operating Officer.

With continued growth in the Chicago and Boulder metro areas, and with the recent purchase of Schwake Stone and the seven acre facility in Mundelein, Stanley will be directly responsible for operations with a focus on business development at James Martin Associates, LID Landscapes, and Schwake Stone.

“With his extensive industry track record, Brian is an ideal candidate to help support and lead the executive management team,” said Jim Martin, President.

Stanley has deep industry experience working with multiple branches in multiple states, including Rentokil Initial, Moore Landscapes, BrightView (formerly The Brickman Group), and most recently, Synagro.

In these positions, ranging from COO to Regional Vice President, he was responsible for profit and loss management, operational performance, organizational health, sales leadership and development, finance operations, and more. Stanley also earned an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.

“James Martin Associates has created strong client-centered relationships through the delivery of high-quality design and service in landscape design, residential maintenance, commercial maintenance, and snow management,” said Stanley. “This reputation throughout the marketplace has been earned through the incredible tenure and experience from the field and management personnel. I’m humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and contribute to the growth of James Martin Associates into the future.”

Martin added that Stanley fit in well culturally with the company. “His character and core values aligned with a well-established set of beliefs and disciplines at JMA,” Martin said.

In addition to working day-to-day with executive management, Stanley will partner with the executive team to create strategic long-term goals that will set the company up for success into the next decade and beyond.

“He’s someone who has the experience, wisdom, and judgement to make both me and the team better,” Martin said. Stanley began his tenure effective October 29, 2018.


About James Martin Associates, Inc.

James Martin Associates, located in Vernon Hills, celebrates over 40 years providing commercial and residential customers with comprehensive landscape management services. The company is an industry leader in commercial snow management and specializes in providing innovative and award winning landscape design, installation and maintenance. For more information about James Martin Associates, please visit www.jamesmartinassociates.com.



Ashley Atkinson-Leon

James Martin Associates


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