Matt Esch, President

Matt Esch

Matt is the founder and owner of Esch Landscaping, LLC.  Matt began mowing lawns at the age of 13 under the business name “Matt’s Lawn Care”.  After graduating from Laker High School in 1995, Matt attended Michigan State University to study landscape design.  Matt continued his lawn care business while attending MSU.  After completion of the two-year program, he was well on his way to having a successful landscape company.

Matt is passionate about providing the best quality of work and customer service to his clients.  In addition, he sees the importance of maintaining a happy and healthy work environment for his employees and strives to become an employer of choice in the area.

Matt is a Certified Green Industry Professional (CGIP).  His work was selected as a Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association 2016 Industry Award Winner in both Residential Landscape Design and Installation and Commercial Landscape Design and Installation.  Esch Landscaping, LLC was also featured in the January 2015 issue of Lawn & Landscape Magazine. In 2013, his work earned Hardscape North America’s (HNA) Project Award winner and was voted the “Best of the Best” landscaper for 2013 by Huron County View Readers.

Matt enjoys hunting, spending time with his family, coaching his children’s ball teams and cheering on his Spartans.


Lisa Esch, Owner, Administration

Lisa Esch

Lisa and Matt got married in 2001. Lisa has 15 years of experience working in the accounting area of the business. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Education. Lisa taught at Laker Schools for 2 ½ years before deciding to help her husband, Matt, run the business and raise their two children.  When she is not working, she enjoys time with their children, family and is active in their children’s sports.


Steve Kaufman, Operations Manager

Steve Kaufman

Steve joined the Esch Team in April 2008 as our irrigation specialist. His duties have continually increased due to his diverse skills and knowledge. Steve oversees all divisions, as well as manages our fleet of vehicles and equipment. He is a valuable support to the daily accomplishments of our team. A few of Steve’s passions include snowmobiling, hunting, golfing, bowling, canoeing, and also enjoys spending time with his dog, Diesel. 


Michelle Shaw, Office Manager

Michelle Shaw

Michelle Shaw joined Esch Landscaping in March of 2016.  She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.  Before coming to work for Matt & Lisa, she worked at a local financial institution for 15 years starting in the bookkeeping department and working her way up to Bank Officer, Corporate Training Director.  Michelle’s duties include bookkeeping, some human resources, and office administration.  She has enjoyed hosting Foreign Exchange Students for the last 7 years and has hosted students from Spain, Germany, France, Slovakia, Finland, Belgium, Colombia and Italy.


Travis Youatt, Landscape Design and Sales

Travis Youatt

Travis Youatt joined the Esch Landscaping team in May of 2016. Travis from a young age started in the green industry and found himself drawn to the industry after college, graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration. He believes that the most important aspect of his work is to translate his client’s ideas into a reality with a thoughtful design and plan, that compliments their outdoor living dream. Travis has a true passion for client involvement, understanding and satisfaction through the design and build process.  In his spare time, Travis spends time with his fiancée’ Teila, his family and 2 Goldendoodle’s Zoey and Nala. He also loves spending time on Lake Huron in the summer months and coaching basketball in the winter months. 


Jesse Bair, Hardscape Team Leader

Jesse Bair

Jesse joined Esch Landscaping in May of 2003.  He is a talented and creative hardscape specialist who is certified by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).  Jesse’s dedication to detail and a job done right have gotten his work featured in Total Landscape Care Magazine in October of 2011 as well as numerous state awards.  He is an integral part of the landscape division due to his vast knowledge of construction and years of experience. In his spare time, Jesse spends time with his two daughters, Kaylen and Kinslee and enjoys fishing and boating.


Jeff Dhont, Assistant Operations Manager

Jeff Dhont

Jeff started his work at Esch Landscaping in February of 2013. He has since shown his hard work and has been a great addition to our team. Jeff started as an Irrigation Foreman and has progressed his way to Assistant Operations Manager. Some of Jeff’s interests are going to the drag strip, working on recreational vehicles in his garage, and spending time with his Shih Tzu, Buster.