Leadership Team

BWS landscapingBrad Swortzel – Owner

As owner of BWS Landscaping, Brad believes families and friends connect in extraordinary ways when their outdoor home is welcoming, elegant, creative, entertaining and fun.  Growing up in Virginia, some of his best memories were created spending time outdoors with family and friends. He spent his summers in high school and college working in the landscape industry. After several years in the commercial construction industry, Brad realized there was an opportunity for him to build a successful hardscape and landscape business. Brad believes integrity, leadership, and building relationships with customers and employees are the core principles for success.

Brad graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. He serves on the board of directors for UnBoundRVA and the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

 

Kyle Ennis – Sales ManagerBWS landscaping for Lauren Sweeney

Kyle joined the BWS team in 2014 as sales manager. Kyle’s major role is business development and customer advocacy.   Kyle is a native of Richmond. He began his landscaping career on Nantucket Island during summer breaks while in college. After serving as Operations Manager for a landscape firm in Nantucket, Kyle moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the nation’s leading commercial landscape maintenance firm. Kyle moved back to Richmond to serve as Residential Services and Horticulture Manager for a regional landscape firm.

Kyle graduated from James Madison University with a degree in History. He also completed the mini MBA program at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business.

 

 

Kyle Johnston – Project ManagerBWS landscaping

Kyle Johnston manages the hardscape and landscape projects for BWS. Kyle is dedicated to transforming properties to reflect the customer’s vision. This commitment makes him invaluable to the team. Kyle’s interest in the industry began at a young age as he grew up working in his family’s nursery and landscape company in Delaware. Kyle became a member of the BWS team in 2015.

Kyle graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture. He is also a Virginia Certified Horticulturist.

 

 

 

Josh Barbe – Landscape Supervisor

BWS landscaping

Josh manages the landscape maintenance and plant installation crews for BWS.  Prior to joining the BWS team in March 2015, Josh spent five years working in East Asia. His career also includes a position in Houston, Texas as Horticulturist and Garden Manager at the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park.  Since moving to Virginia, he has been recognized as a Virginia Certified Horticulturist.

Josh graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture.

 

 

 

 

Lorraine Klepacz – Business Development & Sales Professional 

Lorraine is a business development & sales professional at BWS. She genuinely cares about people and animals. She is an avid dog lover and professional horse trainer in her spare time. Lorraine has served the Richmond community in the non-profit, wholesale nursery, and landscape management spaces. She loves art, nature and the outdoors, and this is why she’s such a great fit at BWS, as the mission is to help clients create and maintain outdoor spaces where memories are made. Lorraine helps our customers see a vision in their outdoor space that enhances their outdoor living experience.

Lorraine studied Art History at Sweet Briar College, and graduated with a BA from George Mason University.  She is also a Virginia Certified Horticulturist.

 

Whitney Neal – Administrative Professional

Whitney is the Administrative Professional for BWS Landscaping. Prior to joining our team, Whitney spent seven years working in Children’s Ministry.  She enjoys helping people of all ages, and is in our office to help answer your questions.

Whitney graduated from Radford University with a degree in Sociology