Morrisville, NC (July 31, 2023) – Yardnique, the fastest growing full-service landscape company in the nation, has appointed Blair Keeter as Chief Operating Officer. Blair will report directly to Brian DuMont, Chief Executive Officer, and will lead all landscape service delivery teams to drive operational excellence across all aspects of landscape maintenance, installation, and enhancements.
Blair is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of operations and supply chain expertise managing and leading integrated project teams. Most recently, Blair spent over ten years at Cleaver-Brooks, North America’s leading supplier of commercial and industrial manufacturing boiler products, where he led global operations and supply chain management. He is known by his peers as a skilled professional for developing strategic service delivery, cost management, and quality control initiatives that drive productivity and maximize Profit and loss performance.
“Blair’s operational knowledge and insight will be invaluable to our continued growth,” said Brian DuMont, Chief Executive Officer. “His diverse commercial experience and disciplined approach to operational excellence will contribute to our ability to deliver unmatched service to our customers while improving our bottom line performance.”
Blair began his career as a purchasing manager at MBM corporation and spent almost six years with GE as a multi-site plant manager and supply chain and materials manager. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and over his tenure at MBM, GE and Cleaver and Brooks, Blair played an instrumental role to establish and manage processes and procedures for efficiency and quality improvements of plant operations, product delivery, and tools and technology development.
“Yardnique presents a unique opportunity to play an integral role in expansion and to cement its position as one of the nation’s leading landscape organizations,” comments Mr. Keeter. “I am excited to be part of the Yardnique team and look forward to continued growth across the southeast with high-quality landscape maintenance services.”
Yardnique began operations in 1997 when Brian DuMont, the company founder and CEO, was a junior at North Carolina State University pursuing his horticulture science degree. Today, Yardnique stands as one of the fastest growing landscape organizations in the nation, currently ranked 23rd by Lawn and Landscape magazine. Specializing in commercial landscape maintenance, design, and installation, the company operates under its flagship brand Yardnique as well as through various wholly owned landscape brands including Landmark, Naturescapes, Phoenix, NativeGreen and Creative.
Headquartered in Morrisville, North Carolina, the company has established operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The company employs over 2,500 grounds care, design, and horticulture professionals with its trademark orange trucks delivering quality landscape maintenance service for commercial properties, HOAs and multifamily communities across the southeastern United States. Future plans are to expand southwest from Alabama to Texas and north to Virginia and Maryland. All in the Yardnique family of companies share common goals and values with an unyielding commitment to protect the quality and environmental standards of the communities where we operate.