Phil is the original founder of Capital Landscaping, he started his career in Landscaping at Des Moines Seed and Nursery when he was in high school. After 8 years in the army and several years working in the corporate settings he went back to his first love of landscaping. While stationed in Berlin, Phil met his future wife Katharina. Their son recently graduated from college in St. Peter, Minnesota. Phil is an active member in several parishes here in Des Moines as well as a supporter of various youth sporting events.
Katharina Glaser - Office Manager
Katharina grew up in Berlin, and moved to the United States in 1987 after meeting Phil while he was stationed there with the U.S. Army. She has been involved in the office of the company from the start. Katharina takes care of billing, calls to the office, employment applications, and number of other office functions. She loves animals and has 6 cats counting Zero and Bones, the office cats.
Kate Jones- Landscape Designer
Kate is an Iowa State University graduate with a degree in Horticulture and is a certified Rain Gardener. She and her husband live in Ankeny with their yorkie, Reece. Kate loves designing landscapes because she gets to combine her love of plants and art to create beautiful outdoor spaces for all to enjoy. In her spare time, Kate enjoys remodeling her house, reading books, and playing with her dog.
Natalie Jensen - Landscape Architect
Natalie is an Iowa State University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. She loves landscape architecture for the creative outlet it provides and the ability to work outdoors. When Natalie isn’t working, she loves to run, paint, and hang out with her friends.She is also a coffee and donut connoisseur.
Rene Ibarra - Construction Supervisor
Rene has been with Capital for 10 years. He handles all construction services ranging from concrete to pergolas, decks, and fireplaces. He is married with 4 kids and in his free time enjoys salsa dancing.
Grant Van Kooten - Turf Manager
Grant has 10+ years of experience in lawn care and snow removal. He is a family man with a 3 year old daughter. Outside of spending time with family and friends, Grant enjoys spending time outdoors playing sports (especially softball), hiking, fishing, and camping.
Jerry Conway - Handyman Services
Jerry is the project manager for home remodel and handyman service side of capital. He was born and raised on a farm in southern Iowa near the town of Melrose (Iowa’s “Little Ireland”). He has lived in the Des Moines area since 1973 and has two grown sons. His eldest son is in the Army National Guard and works at Hy-Vee, his youngest son is at DMACC part time and while working management at Target. Jerry also has two cats living with him that just magically showed up.
Matthew Glaser - Project Coordinator
Matthew graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in Economic Analysis and Philosophy. The son of Phil, he has been around Capital at various times throughout his life working on landscape crews and in the office. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, reading, and playing guitar.
Zero and Bones - the Shop Cats.
Zero showed up at the shop in 2015. After checking in with the animal shelter and getting him checked out, he's been living at the office ever since. He enjoys chasing the occasional mouse, smelling flowers, and lounging around the office in his favorite places.