Our Team

We’re Not Just A Vendor. We’re Part of the Community.

We take a lot of pride in the quality of our work. When we join your team, we become a part of the community, not just a service provider. This means we are accountable, responsible and invested in caring for your property. You’ll have a dedicated member of our senior leadership team on site who will develop and supervise a customized care program to meet your specific needs. This will include detailed daily, weekly, monthly and annual processes, as well as regular reports keeping you abreast of all work planned and in progress. More importantly, you’ll have direct access to provide insights, suggestions and concerns with prompt, responsive service. Finally, you and your residents will have peace of mind knowing all members of our team are trained professionals certified by the Arizona Landscape Contractors’ Association who adhere to the industry’s most rigorous standards.

Matthew Pennica, Director of Landscape Services

As the leader of BlueStar’s landscape portfolio, Matt focuses on balancing growth for tomorrow with exceptional performance for clients today. He's enjoyed an impressive 20-year career during which he held top management positions with the nation’s largest landscape companies. Matt has a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State and owned his own landscape company before moving to Arizona.

Park McDonald, Senior Landscape Division Manager

A 3rd generation farmer from southern Colorado, Park grew up working on his family’s 1,200-acre farm, becoming president of McDonald Ranches and Sahara Farms. After the farms were sold, he began a career in landscape design and install with RMT Golf & Sport, where he worked with high-end clients including the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Colorado Rockies, Cherry Hills Golf Club, and University of Colorado. He later became a superintendent on projects in Nevada, California, and Arizona. Park joined Bluestar as a landscape maintenance superintendent overseeing Encanterra C.C., which was awarded the ALCA Award of Excellence in 2010.

Kenny Cortes, Landscape Superintendent, Trilogy at Vistancia

Kenny began his career with Gold Canyon Landscape in 2004, working his way up from laborer to foreman. He later joined ISS Ground Control in a management role where he oversaw several large accounts, including campuses of GoDaddy, American Express, USAA, Honeywell, and Mesa Community College. Following this tenure, Kenny joined BlueStar, where he's in charge of the care and maintenance for Trilogy at Verde River. His passion for excellence and desire to remain at the industry’s leading edge spurred Kenny to become certified in Sustainable Landscape Management through the Associated Landscape Contractors of Arizona.

Luke Sydnor, Landscape Superintendent, Trilogy at Vistancia

Luke is an award-winning landscape superintendent with an exceptional track record of service among high-profile properties in Arizona. In fact, Luke was part of the team that won the Earth Award from Professional Landscape Network for the landscape design and maintenance at Scottsdale’s Optima Camelview Village. He passionately pursues continuing education opportunities through Associated Landscape Contractors of Arizona to remain current on latest trends and state-of-the-science in the landscape industry, and actively trains his team to employ the latest techniques, ensuring the best possible results for his property.

Michael Bennett, Landscape Superintendent, Encanterra Country Club

Michael came to BlueStar Landscape following a successful tenure as a superintendent with DelRay Landscape Companies and has been overseeing the care and maintenance of Encanterra Country Club since his arrival. He has earned his certification in Sustainable Landscape Management and is certified with the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association. When not on the job, Michael volunteers his time supporting several local non-profit organizations including Toys for Tots, St Mary’s Food Bank, and Destiny Sober Living, which assists men in early recovery from substance abuse.

Tim Steckbeck, President

Tim is a strong organizational leader who oversees all aspects of BlueStar’s operations. He is the company’s licensed contractor and works closely with the landscape group. He also is in charge of Board relations. Tim helped create BlueStar in 2005 after senior management roles at many of the most recognizable resorts in the world.

Kirk Kokoska, Senior Vice President

As BlueStar’s Senior Vice President, Kirk is a disciplined leader with broad agronomic expertise gained through his career in golf development and management. Through methods such as a proprietary site audit system and hands-on training sessions with management and front-line teams, Kirk is able to ensure the teams provide a consistently exceptional level of service while also meeting financial targets. Kirk is a 30+ year member of the PGA of America.

Location

8777 N. Gainey Center Dr., Suite 135
Scottsdale, Arizona USA 85258

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