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.

Phil Johnston, Director of Landscape Operations

Phil brings 30+ years’ experience in the green industry. Early in his career, he was involved in the construction, start-up, and management of three golf courses at Sun City Grand and Anthem Country Club. Following his time with Del Webb, Phil served as General Manager and Regional Manager for a large golf management company in the Phoenix area. More recently, he has held General Manager and Branch Manager positions in the Real Estate and Landscaping Industries. Phil holds a BA in Business Management and an MBA from Western Governors University. He is a Class A Member of the PGA of America, and is a Certified Sustainable Landscape Manager.

Park McDonald, Senior Landscape Division Manager - East Valley

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.

Luke Sydnor, Senior Landscape Superintendent - West Valley

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.

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.


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

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