Staff

Our Company’s Team

One of the key reasons Lifestyle Landscapes maintains its hard-earned reputation for designing and installing exceptional outdoor living spaces for Puget Sound homeowners is the incredible skill and experience of our hardworking team of professionals. Many of our team members have been with Lifestyle landscapes for more than a decade and some since its inception in 2002. All of our team members work hard to create spectacular yards and happy customers.

Roger Franklin: Founder and General Manager

Roger has a BA in Mathematics and Physics from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. Mr. Franklin began his career as a scientific computer programmer for Martin Marietta Corporation working on the Gemini and Apollo space programs. In 1969 he joined General Electric Computing System in Seattle, Washington as a computer systems analyst. In 1973 Roger joined Boeing Computer Services (BCS) as a Program Manager. In 1978 Mr. Franklin was appointed manager of a research program within the BCS Advanced Technology and Applications Division where he led the development of a comprehensive microcomputer software system known as the Boeing Intelligent Terminal System. In 1983 Roger left BCS to found Syntax, a computer software company. Over the next seventeen years he led the growth of Syntax to be an international company providing communications software to the world’s largest corporations and government agencies. In 2000, Roger sold Syntax to one of its customers, LSI Logic Corporation. In 2002 Mr. Franklin founded Lifestyle Landscapes in 2002 after the extended completion of a major landscape design and installation project on his property by a landscape services company. Roger quickly recognized the need for a landscape design and installation firm that provided quality landscaping services to discerning homeowners throughout the Puget Sound. He assembled a team of senior landscape professionals and business managers to form Lifestyle Landscapes and has functioned as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and General Manager.

Noelle Bennett:Senior Landscape Designer and Consultant

Noelle has a BS in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Noelle joined the Lifestyle Landscapes team four years ago, after moving to the Pacific Northwest from Louisiana with her husband. With more than twelve years of experience designing and managing professional landscape installations Noelle takes pride in her ability to provide Puget Sound homeowners with beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. Noelle is an effective consultant and sales representative. She quickly establishes professional ties with prospects and customers. Noelle is a talented landscape designer and CAD technician. Noelle works independently, while collaborating with her team members. She has been responsible for the majority of Lifestyle sales since joining the company. For seven years prior to joining Lifestyle Landscapes Ms. Bennett was employed by two design-build and maintenance landscape companies in New Orleans, Louisiana that specialized in high-end residential and commercial projects.

Stephanie Buman: Landscape Designer and Consultant

Stephanie has a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. Stephanie has been with Lifestyle Landscapes six years, excluding an 8 year break in tenure. Stephanie is an mid-level consultant and sales representative. She is a capable landscape designer and installation manager. Stephanie works independently, while also collaborating with her team members.

Yuan (Ryan) Chen:  Landscape Designer and Consultant

Yuan has a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. Yuan joined the team at Lifestyle Landscapes earlier this year. He is an entry-level consultant and sales representative as well as a developing landscape designer. Yuan is guided by Noelle Bennett, while collaborating with his team members to help design breathtaking landscaping for Puget Sound homeowners.

Eloy Valdez: Landscape Installation Lead

Eloy has more than twenty years of experience working in all aspects of residential landscape construction and has been a part of the Lifestyle landscapes team since the company’s inception seventeen years ago. He is a team leader dedicated to productivity and quality of work, always striving to exceed customer expectations. While being skilled at all aspects of landscape construction he is especially skilled at demolition and planting project finish work. He is an exceptionally skilled equipment operator.

Juan Castillo: Hardscape Installation Lead

With more than twenty years of experience working in residential landscape construction Juan is a team leader dedicated to productivity and quality of work, always striving to exceed customer expectations. Juan has been a part of the Lifestyle Landscapes team since the very beginning. He is skilled in nearly all aspects of landscape construction, but is especially skilled at hardscape (patios, walls, stone surrounds, fire pits) and carpentry work. Juan consistently applies his artistic talent to his work. 

Jose Garcia: Lighting and Irrigation Installation Lead

Jose has more than twenty years of landscape construction experience. He joined Lifestyle landscapes seventeen years ago. Jose is skilled in nearly all aspects of landscape construction. He is especially skilled at and leads irrigation system design/installation and lighting system design/installation. Jose creates exceptional hardscape installations and is a competent equipment operator and  is especially concerned with exceeding customer expectations.

Roberto Garcia: Structures Installation Lead

Roberto has been working in the residential  landscape construction industry for twelve years. He is a very capable worker in almost all aspects of landscape construction and is especially skilled at carpentry work, creating beautiful structural aspects of landscape design.

Walter Valencia: Landscape Installer

Walter has been working with Lifestyle Landscapes for three years and is an effective crew member knowledgeable in most aspects of landscape construction. He is especially capable at demolition and planting project finish work.

Mariano Valencia: Landscape Installer

Mariano has been part of the Lifestyle Landscapes team for fifteen years. While he is skilled in nearly all aspects of landscape construction he is especially skilled at demolition and planting project finish work.