As Chief Development Officer, Riekstins leads Landscapes Unlimited’s strategic planning process, translating initiatives into meticulous execution. He also oversees relationships with key external stakeholders, partners and clients to drive business growth. Previously Business Unit Manager and Project Manager for the south region, Riekstins supervised projects’ start-to-finish quality assurance. Prior to joining Landscapes Unlimited nearly five years ago, he managed complex golf course development and construction projects in Canada and China, including creation and implementation of agronomic programs. Riekstins is a graduate of the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada) with a degree in agriculture and a longstanding member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.
Vitek ascends to Chief Operating Officer with ultimate accountability for Landscapes Unlimited’s regional teams’ project planning, scheduling, budgeting, efficiencies, work quality, environmental compliance and other plan adherences. His responsibility extends to developing processes for construction, irrigation, landscape superintendent and other crews. A 23-year Landscapes Unlimited veteran, he assumed various hands-on roles, including Vice President of Construction, Project Manager, Project Superintendent and Foreman. Vitek holds a degree in landscape horticulture from Colorado State University.
“Jake and Brian epitomize the unparalleled professionalism, expertise and culture Landscapes Unlimited brings to every project,” says John Pugliese, CEO of Landscapes Unlimited. “They assemble and oversee trusted, world-class talent that results in delivering golf courses and sports fields on time, on budget and to rave reviews.”
The promotions exemplify Landscapes Unlimited’s modern-day evolution. Combined with significant institutional knowledge and technology advancements to the design-build process and other integrated project deliverables, the company is helping to shape the future of how golf courses and sports fields are conceived, built and managed.
“Landscapes Unlimited is a change agent, from championing grand initiatives that shift paradigms to supporting strategic adjustments that tweak field deliverables,” says Riekstins. “Like no other, we plan with a focus on efficiency, procure with a focus on value, train with a focus on engagement and build with a focus on quality to create operations and developments founded on excellence.”
“We are in a people business,” says Vitek. “It is with great pride that our regional development and construction teams blend systematic, creative, objective, agile and pragmatic methods with a perfectionist mindset – all to provide tremendous value to our partners that meet their desired goals.”