Unique Environments from an
Award-Winning Team

A Culture of Quality, Creativity, and Respect

The Scott Byron & Co. culture is defined by a reverence for quality, innovation, creativity, and mutual respect among our team members and clients. Our team brings you the best experience in the business at every level: design, construction, maintenance, and client service. Our artists, ornamental horticulturists, hardscape artisans, and field staff are best-in-class. And we back up our promise of quality with a lifetime warranty on material. In short, you can relax and enjoy as we transform your dreams into reality.

Award-Winning Environments

Scott Byron & Co. has won awards every year since 2012 from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and Midwest Awards for Outdoor Living. The latest two gold awards were received at the 2021 annual ILCA Awards Gala, with one of the projects earning the coveted Judges’ Award.

Concierge Service

Quality of service can make the difference between an exhilarating experience and one that pushes the limits of patience. Our highly intuitive team of client engagement specialists anticipates your needs and deftly pulls together your vision, keeping the process exciting and fresh throughout. Our white-glove approach guides you with the finesse you’d expect from Scott Byron & Co.

Fearless Design

Dreams are curious things, easy to envision and sometimes impossible to realize—for most. Scott Byron & Co. believes that anything is possible, and we have decades of successful case stories to prove it. So dream without fear, and settle for nothing but the best.

Our History

1983

Scott L. Byron with Andrew Otting found Scott Byron & Co. Creating unique environments and “making sure the land is properly preserved and the design is complementary to the architecture and setting.”

Three weeks later, Andrew Otting creates a high-end, landscape maintenance service that preserves the integrity of clients’ original designs.

1985

Seasonal color expertise was added to enhance the boundaries of design and seasonal color.

1987

Scott Byron & Co. was selected as the premier design/build firm for Chicago Botanic Garden. This relationship culminated in the creation of multiple gardens: Krasberg Rose Garden, English Walled Garden, English Oak Meadow, Sensory Garden, Dixon Prairie, Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden, Visitors Center, and Naturalistic Garden (now part of the Sensory Garden).

1989

Andy Otting named partner of Scott Byron & Co.

1990

The company grows to 100+ associates

1992

Under Scott Byron and Dick Brickman’s leadership, a practitioner endowment fund to provide resources for visiting instructors was initiated at the University of Illinois’ Department of Landscape Architecture.

1993-94

Scott Byron named President of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association

1994

Began design on 700-acre Musha Cay, private island project

1995

Scott Byron named ILCA’s “Man of the Year”

2000

Andrew Otting joins the Openlands board chairing the Policy & Community Engagement Committee. Today, Mr. Otting continues to serve on the Executive Committee.

2000

Andrew Otting becomes president of Scott Byron & Co. Scott Byron & Co. Designs Chicago’s Water Tower Park and Pumping Station Garden

2000

AutoCAD introduced

2001

The company grows to 250+ associates

2009

New Office opens/renovations

2014

3D Rendering introduced

2019

Chicago Branch opens

2020

Culture Committee formed to strengthen our commitment to our clients and strive to make Scott Byron & Co. one of the best places to work.

2021

Wisconsin Branch office opens

Leadership

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Scott Byron

Scott Byron

Chief Executive Officer

Since founding his namesake organization in 1983, Scott Byron has sought to create the most positive outcome for clients while “making sure the land is properly preserved and the design is complementary to the architecture and setting.” Scott’s code of ethics and respect for employees, clients, the environment, and the symbiosis of art and nature continues to drive the culture of the organization’s 200+ associates.

Andy Otting

Andy Otting

President

As co-founder, Andy Otting has done more to shape the service aspects of the organization than anyone. His effectiveness in maintaining operational efficiencies is driven not only by business best practices but also by prioritizing the brand experience of every stakeholder. Understanding that “clients” include not only our valued external clients but also our employees and partners, he prioritizes a culture of equality, decency, respect, and quality. He has always guided the organization toward the goal of meeting the client’s vision as the key to success.

Claire Storti SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Claire Storti SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Director of Human Resources

Claire Storti is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with over 30 years of experience in the service industry. Responsible for establishing the Human Resources department at Scott Byron & Co., Inc. in 1999, she has had the opportunity to work in all areas of HR including recruiting, onboarding, training, employee relations, performance management, worker’s compensation, compliance, ERISA, benefits, and safety. She is currently Chairwoman of the Regulatory and Legislative Committee of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Missouri State University.
Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams

Chief Financial Officer

Ken Williams leads Scott Byron’s accounting and finance team, where he works closely with the other members of the executive team to support the company’s strategic direction. With a focus on creating lasting value for the organization’s stakeholders, Ken is an experienced leader with a proven track record of driving bottom-line growth.

His enthusiasm for developing corporate strategy to drive long-term value stems from his extensive finance leadership experiences in varied industries. Ken has successfully supported carve-outs, acquisitions, and played key roles in the development of liquidity and capital structure strategies.

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Monmouth College, and an MBA from Elmhurst University.

Kristy Sheets

Kristy Sheets

Construction Manager

A great communicator, big-picture thinker, and problem-solver, Kristy is well-positioned to lead the construction team of Project Managers, Foremen, and Landscape Technicians to ensure a beautifully installed landscape project. You can expect to see her leading and motivating all construction team members as well as working with office staff and subcontractors to coordinate successful and on-time installations.

Kristy joined Scott Byron & Co. in 2005 as a Project Manager, spending more than a decade in the field. After gaining firsthand experience in a multitude of construction practices and invaluable knowledge of Scott Byron & Co.’s quality and standards, she advanced to her current role as Construction Manager. In addition, Kristy holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture with a Horticulture emphasis, which she procured from Western Illinois University in 2000.

Gordon Held

Gordon Held

Chief Operating Officer

Gordon’s passion is rooted in building teams—aligning their goals in a way that fulfills our company’s values and culture. He’s energized by helping our people identify and develop strengths they may not have recognized or had the confidence to pursue. He believes that by focusing on team development and company culture in a meaningful way, our clientele receives an unparalleled customer experience.

At every stage of his career, and at every employer and post, Gordon has ensured that employees’ core beliefs and way of doing things align with his philosophies. In Gordon’s perspective, culture and values are the building blocks of a united team of professionals.

“At Scott Byron & Co., I’m afforded the autonomy to bring together a group of master artisans, seasoned professionals, and incomparable talent. And I’m honored to lead them. Together, we’re making a significant difference inside and outside the company and I couldn’t be prouder.”

Jesse Bozman

Jesse Bozman

Director of Property Improvement

Jesse leads and supports the Property Improvement team in a continuous effort to advance the exceptional landscape maintenance and enhancement services Scott Byron & Co. provides for luxury single-family homes, HOAs, and select commercial clients in Chicago, the North Shore, and southern Wisconsin. Jesse brings over 30 years of experience as a business owner, Branch Manager, Sales Manager, and Account Executive.

Jim Kemp

Jim Kemp

Wisconsin Branch Manager

Jim joined Scott Byron & Co. in early 2020 and brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in the landscape industry. Introduced to landscaping at an early age, he has amassed a wealth of practical knowledge in a wide range of landscape best practices including maintenance, design and construction. Jim’s experience in residential landscape design has engendered his appreciation for the diverse universe of architectural elements, channeling his inspiration for designing well-themed landscapes. He believes that listening, learning, and communication are the keys that align the needs of his co-workers and clients to create the most satisfying unique outdoor environments.