RTP Staff

(Research Triangle Park Area)

Maintenance Division

Barrett Hines : Branch Manager

Barrett Hines

Branch Manager


Barrett has been a member of Yard-Nique’s Landscape Maintenance division since January 2010. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from North Carolina State University. Prior to working at Yard-Nique, Barrett’s experience in the green industry included retail nursery sales and landscape installation. Barrett lives in Raleigh with his wife Allison, their daughter Cameron, and the family dog Milo. He enjoys the outdoors, golfing and traveling.


Brian Phillips



Brian is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton Ohio. He moved to North Carolina from Des Moines Iowa back in 2000. Prior to joining Yard-Nique, Brian had over 8 years in the green industry, both in production and business development. He joined the Yard-Nique team in June of 2011. Brian is married, and has a blended family with 5 children. He keeps himself busy coaching his children in athletics, and enjoying life with his family! Brian is an outdoorsman and enjoys playing golf and baseball.

Tyler Blanchard : Account Manager

Tyler Blanchard

Account Manager


A graduate of N.C. State University, Tyler worked at Yard-Nique in the late 90’s, and then from 2005 through 2009, as a Project Manager until he moved to the Washington D.C. area. After spending the past five years working in Program Management, specializing in Planning and Scheduling for large Government contracts, he has moved back home and returned to the Yard-Nique team. He lives in Apex with his wife Jennifer and their son Griffin. Tyler has always been involved in sports and spent over a decade coaching high school wrestling. When not working, he enjoys being with friends and family and spending time in the mountains of N.C.

Allen Jones : Account Manager

Allen Jones

Account Manager


Allen joined the Yard-Nique family in July 2015. Originally from Goshen, NY, He moved to the area in 2006. Allen spent 20+ years working on Wall Street and has dedicated his career on providing great customer service. In his free time, Allen enjoys reading, golf, and spending time with his wife and their three children.

Eric Krautheimer : Account Manager

Eric Krautheimer

Account Manager


Originally from Long Island, NY, Eric relocated to the Raleigh area 11 years before joining Yard-Nique in 2019. He has a background in sales and client relations, and enjoys working in customer service industries. Eric loves spending time with his family, is a big sports fan, and is passionate about golf.

Thomas Sanchez : Account Manager

Thomas Sanchez

Account Manager


Thomas joined Yard-Nique team in January, 2019. With over 10 years in the green industry, he has experience in sales, as well as certifications and licenses in turf and ornamental management and pest control. Originally from New York and having a passion for baseball, Thomas enjoys being a softball coach and is a die hard Mets fan.

Scott Brown : Account Manager

Scott Brown

Account Manager


Scott joined Yard-Nique in January of 2016 with 4 years of prior experience in the green industry. Starting out as a crew leader, he was promoted to assistant account in September, 2017. Scott grew up in Lenoir, NC, and in his free time he enjoys the outdoors- hunting, fly fishing, and golfing; and also spending time with his wife Taylor and their dog Gus.

Commercial Install Division

Nic Brown : Project Manager

Nic Brown

Project Manager


Nic is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Contracting. He relocated to Raleigh area from Massachusetts in 2015 and Joined Yard-Nique that summer. Nic came to Yard-Nique with over 7 years in the green industry, having experience in both residential and commercial landscape construction. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, hiking and camping. Nic is also an avid Boston sports fan.

James J. Olson Jr. : Landscape DESIGNER

James J. Olson Jr.

Landscape DESIGNER


Originally from Iowa, James is a graduate from Iowa State University, with degrees in Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, and Philosophy. After a short stent in Memphis, he has made North Carolina his home. James came to Yard-Nique in 2014 with over 20 years of experience in Residential Design/Build. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Nora and son Justin. Most weekends James and his wife can be found rock climbing outside at a local crag.