Phil Glaser – General Manager
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. 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.
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.
John Swanson – Landscape Foreman
John has over 20 years of experience in the landscape industry from working on crews, to leading them, and currently managing and guiding them through their projects. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs, watching the NBA, and growing his own peppers.
Cole Conway – Irrigation Manager
Cole has been with Capital for 3 years, starting out on a landscape crew and holding different roles and positions since. He is now our irrigation expert, handling all our irrigation and water feature needs. Cole grew up in Waukee and in his spare time enjoys playing video games and working on his car.
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 lives in Colorado with his wife, his youngest son is works here at Capital. Jerry also has two cats living with him that just magically showed up.
Matthew Glaser – Project Coordinator
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.