Meet The Team

Tracy Bertog, Founder

Tracy started Bertog Landscape Co. in April of 1974 while attending Glenbrook South High School. He attended Triton College and completed all the courses offered in the Horticulture program. Tracy develops and directs team and company goals and is responsible for short and long term planning. In addition, he monitors the processes and progress of the management team and confirms that their goals and expectations are consistent with those of the company. Tracy serves on the Board of Directors for both the Glenview Chamber of Commerce and the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Bertog, CLP, CSP, President

Robert graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. He also completed the required courses to earn an Associate’s Degree in Investment Economics and Analysis. Robert has become a National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Certified Landscape Professional (CLP), a level of certification that fewer than 1% of landscape contractors have achieved. He has also completed the required exams to become a Snow and Ice Management Association of America (SIMA) Certified Snow Professional (CSP). In order to stay abreast of the changing laws that affect the industry, Robert keeps his Turfgrass and Ornamentals Pesticide License current. He is the Past President of the Illinois Landscape Contractor’s Association (ILCA), and has chaired and been involved on several committees for the Association.

Art Marti, President of Production and Operations

Art began his career with Bertog Landscape Company in the spring of 2000 as an Installation Foreman. His organizational and leadership skills were immediately apparent, and today, Art directs all aspects of production and operations. Art is a Master Chef, and in his spare time, he enjoys cooking, hunting, and is also an avid sports fan.

Steve Bertog, Irrigation Director

Steve Bertog began building the irrigation business in 1986, and has continued to provide quality irrigation and lighting installation to residential and commercial properties for over 20 years. In April of 2000, Steve was recognized by the Irrigation Association as one of the “nation’s best and brightest” irrigation contractors when he was included in the Top 100 Plus for a superior reputation and quality work. He is an authorized Irritrol WeatherTrak Irrigation Controller Installer. While managing the irrigation division, Steve helps monitor job progress and site conditions and is also responsible for hiring, training, and supervising the irrigation crews. Steve is available to meet with clients to discuss new irrigation installation plans, or changes to an existing irrigation system.

Howard Carren, Landscape Architect

Howard’s interest in landscaping began while pushing a lawn mower in the neighborhood at the age of 12. He followed his passion for landscaping and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Landscape Architecture. Howard has experience in commercial projects, large residential projects, highway projects and single family homes. He has been in the industry for 45 years specializing in single family homes in the north shore in all aspects from design/build to maintenance.

Paul Collins, Technology Consultant

Paul has both a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science as well as an M.B.A. He has provided technology support for the company since 2005, and has worked with the company to build and maintain its technology infrastructure. Paul has extensive experience in workstation, networking, security, and applications support, and excels at their support and alignment with the business needs of the company. Paul has worked in a number of different environments, including for-profit and non-profit organizations, and has wide-ranging experience in a number of technology deployments.

Greg Roos, Certified Landscape Technician (CLT), Construction Manager

In 1994, Greg began his career with Bertog Landscape Co. as an Installation Foreman. Over the years, Greg has trained numerous laborers, and as a result of his exemplary teaching, several of these laborers have become foreman. His responsibilities include hiring, training, and supervising our installation crews. Greg monitors job progress on a daily basis, and meets with clients to advise on the conditions and status of the work in progress. Since the year 2000, Greg has been a CLT committee member, and acted as a site coordinator. He is also a member of the I.L.C.A. Leadership Council, and has been a Certified Interlocking Concrete Paver Installer since 2005.

Jose Martinez, Construction Supervisor / Project Manager

Jose started with the company in June of 2000. Over the years, Jose has become one of our most accomplished leaders in the field and his attention to detail and work ethic are of the highest quality. He has been promoted from a laborer to foreman, and most recently, a Construction Supervisor. Jose enjoys interacting and training the crews in the field. His strong character and dedication to quality work will help continue his development as an integral part of Bertog’s Management Team.

Jose Rodriguez, Maintenance Manager

Jose began his career at Bertog Landscape Company as a laborer and has been with the company since March of 1999. He has worked his way up the ranks and is currently the maintenance manager. Jose works closely with Art Marti scheduling crews and in account supervision. In addition, Jose assists with the interviewing and hiring of our staff for the maintenance crews. He is also in charge of coordinating personnel for our snow program.

Armando Arroyo, Maintenance Supervisor

Armando started his career with Bertog as a laborer back in March of 2004, and very quickly displayed leadership qualities that he uses today in his role as a maintenance supervisor. Armando works closely with Jose Rodriguez with account supervision and helps manage our crews in the field. Armando is also an account supervisor during snow events.

Cyndi Larucci, Purchasing Manager

Previously, Cyndi worked for 11 years in the landscape industry.  Cyndi's roles included administrative executive support and systems, purchasing, and A/R and A/P management. Cyndi enjoys spending time with family, baking, and reading.  Cyndi is responsible for purchasing all plant and hardscape material and oversees the care of this material.

Jose Escobedo, Fleet Manager

Jose joined our team in 2008 and brings over 14 years of vast experience and training in the automotive industry. He is A.S.E. (Automotive Service Excellence) Certified and I.M.A.L.CA. Certified (International Mobile Air Conditioning Association). Jose received his Associate’s Degree at Oakton Community College. He has earned numerous awards, such as, the A.T.A. Award (Automotive Technology Apprenticeship) and Outstanding Achievement Awards for over 140 hours of advanced training. He has completed courses for over 240 enhanced emissions, arsenal diagnostics and engine performance He is also EPA certified. Jose oversees the maintenance and repairs of our entire fleet, as well as, training and supervision of our mechanics.

Todd Fisher, Account Advisor

Todd has over 20 years experience in the landscape industry. As a former landscape business owner, he is passionate about providing the highest level of customer service to our clients, and helping them make great decisions on enhancing each property. Todd manages and oversees both residential and commercial accounts for maintenance, enhancements, and additional projects.

Mark Opal, Turf & Plant Health Care Specialist and Account Advisor

Mark has over 17 years of experience in the landscape industry. He completed the Indiana Turf Short Course in 2004. He is the current IPLCA (Illinois Professional Lawn Care Association) President and has served on the IPLCA Education Committee. He has also been a past member of the ILCA Education Committee and has been a Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) since 2010. Mark’s passion for both Plant Health Care and Organic and Natural Solutions for pest control and fertilizers have led to various speaking engagements for the Chicago Garden and Flower Show, Glencoe Garden Club, and Safer Pest Control Project. He has also been referenced in many newspaper articles as well. Mark enjoys spending time with his family and friends and listening to live music.

Tracy Johnson, Admin / Accounting and Bookkeeping

Tracy joined Bertog Landscape Company in the fall of 2011. Tracy attended North Park College and studied education. For 10 years, she was a Co-Director and Teacher at the Community Presbyterian Church Parent’s Day Out Program and Pre-School. She adds additional phone support for our administrative department, as well as, assistance with payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, irrigation support, and job costing. Tracy is the the proud parent of three boys.