Meet Our Team
Jimmy Tompkins | Founder & Operator
Jimmy is the owner and operator of JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care. His love for working outdoors and enhancing landscapes naturally drew him to the landscape industry. He founded this company from modest beginnings and it has turned out to be his life’s passion. Jimmy has been working in the landscape industry for over 14 years. He has worked diligently to grow his company into a success by maintaining a small business feel while continuously staying competitive with the corporate industry. Jimmy attended North Carolina State University studying Landscape Design, Turfgrass Management, and Horticulture. Jimmy’s creativity and enthusiasm has lead to designing and installing some the most noticeable landscapes in North Carolina. His daily responsibilities are to oversee all landscape maintenance accounts as well as directly coordinate and oversee all landscape design and installation projects. With a close attention to detail of all work performed by his employees, Jimmy ensures the highest quality with 100% customer satisfaction.
Desiree Kerstine | Executive Administrator
Desiree grew up in Brooklyn, NY. Being from a close-knit Italian family, she relocated to Raleigh, NC to follow her extended relatives. Shortly after, she started a family of her own. She holds degrees in both Accounting and Business/HR Management. Known as the “voice“ of the company, she is the communication hub for both employees and customers. Desiree’s daily responsibilities consist of everything from scheduling and coordinating jobs to ordering job supplies to accounts payable and receivables. She brings to the table ten years of accounting and business experience. Her favorite things are her five beautiful children, Disney World, owls and the fall!
Evan Barrows | Director of Landscape Management Operations
Evan started his career in the landscape industry at the age of 16 as a crewmember on a mowing crew. Over the next two decades plus he has spent time as a small landscape business owner himself in coastal Rhode Island, taking care of high-end residential clientele. In 2003, Evan and his beautiful fiancée (now his beautiful wife) moved to California and became the branch manager of the San Francisco Peninsula branch of an award-winning commercial landscape company, servicing high-profile corporate campuses, private schools homeowner associations and municipalities. Into 2011, after eight years in California, Evan and his wife, Laura Jean, and their two children Maxwell and Olivia packed up and moved back across the country to North Carolina where they eventually found Wake Forest and knew they had found the right place. Outside of work, Evan loves to spend time with his family, go to his kids’ sports activities, and go to the range for target practice!
Mike Cole | Irrigation & Installation Production Manger
Mike is a jack of all trades. He helps out with installation sales and designs as well as the Irrigation division. He moved to Wake Forest in 1981 and has been watching the area grow and grow for years. He graduated with a degree in Landscape Gardening in 1998. Afterwards, he then took a job with the company he had completed his internship with in south Raleigh and worked there until 2001. Next, Mike worked at a local garden center in their landscaping branch until it was closed in 2005. He also ran his own company until coming to work for JT's Landscaping in the spring of 2015. Mike brings many years of experience with design, irrigation, hardscapes, lighting, grading and plantings. He and his wife, Emily, have two wonderful children: Taylor Anne and Anderson. The family spends a lot of weekends on Kerr Lake and enjoys hiking, fishing, and kayaking.
Edgar Valdes | Maintenance Operations Coordinator
Edgar Valdes is the Maintenance Operations Coordinator here at JT's Landscaping. Being born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Miami, FL., he comes from very diverse background. Edgar is fluently bilingual in English and Spanish. After graduating from Clayton High School in 2003 he relocated to Nashville, TN to peruse a career in Audio Visual Engineering. After securing a degree in the field he was selected for a competitive internship position at one of the most prestigious recording studios on Music Row. After years in the field he decided to make a change and relocate to North Carolina where he worked in customer service and construction management. Currently Edgar resides in Clayton, NC with his beautiful fiancée Ashley and their two dogs Vito and Porthos. Using his extensive knowledge and experience in management and employee relations he coordinates the daily operations of the maintenance division. He is also involved with multiple aspects of the Human Resources department.
Kristin Tompkins | Accounting
Kristin has been with the company since its early years and over the years her role has changed but has been involved in every aspect of management within JT’s Landscaping from ordering, scheduling, permitting, accounting tasks, payroll, human resources and beyond. Today Kristin’s primary focus is on the daily accounting operations, she works very closely with our outside accountant on all accounting tasks. She is also responsible for overseeing AR and AP. She has been an unbelievable and supportive wife to Jimmy in helping his dream become a reality and building a strong and successful company. Outside of work Kristin stays very busy with their 4 children who are very active and involved in many sports and activities. When Kristin is not working and driving kids around wake county she loves to spend her free time exercising, attending concerts and boating at the Lake or the Beach.