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Meet The Team

At From The Ground Up we are passionate about our industry. We strive to expand our knowledge and skills every single day. That means our customers receive the highest quality service at a fair price. Our diverse and experienced leadership team looks forward to working with you!

Mitchell Mulert

Mitchell Mulert

Owner

In 2014 after recently graduating high school, Mitch decided to take his part time lawn care business to a new level and started From The Ground Up. With a few years of experience under his belt, he branched off on his own full time. Mitch started knocking on doors looking for more lawns to mow and, with his can-do attitude, he branched out into offering more services like: snow plowing, irrigation, landscaping, tree work, and much more. With a growing customer list and an increased workload he started hiring and training employees, the rest is history. When not at work you can find him enjoying the outdoors, traveling to new places, mountain biking, hunting, or golfing.

Matt Kramer

Matt Kramer

Hardscape Design, Sales & Operations

Matt's love for landscaping began at 13, when he started helping on a project at his grandfather's house. He attended MSU Mankato for construction management and went onto work at a lawn care company doing irrigation and commercial snow removal. Matt joined the From The Ground Up team in 2018. Designing outdoor entertainment areas, lighting, and water features are Matt's favorite. He attends classes and seminars, learning all he can to better serve our clients. In his free time Matt loves spending time with his two children and girlfriend, as well as golfing and home projects.

Jodie Meadowcroft

Jodie Meadowcroft

Landscape Design, Sales & Operations

Jodie joined our team in the spring of 2022 as our softscape specialist and adds the extra "wow" touch for each of our clients. Jodie brings over 20 years of professional experience and her passion for all things plants clearly shows. When she is not busy running her Bed and Breakfast, you will find Jodie deep in her own gardens with her two loyal Labrador Retrievers by her side.

Aaron Schrot

Aaron Schrot

Tree Services & Property Management

Aaron Schrot joined the FTGU team in June of 2021, with 10 years experience in lawn care & snow removal. His role is constantly evolving with the growing needs of the company, lending a hand to the irrigation team when needed and come winter is a Snow Supervisor. During the summer, when he's not working you'll find Aaron at the cabin with his family in Hayward, WI. Aaron's family consists of; Wife Ashley, Daughter Payton (9), Son Easton (3), and Son Jaxton (1). Come fall he'll be on the field coaching Medford Varsity Football as the Offensive Coordinator.

Jake Riffe

Jake Riffe

Irrigation Sales & Operations

Jake has been doing irrigation installation and service work for 15 years. He has a passion for serving our customers. Jake gets excited for the snow season and has been removing snow since 2007. He's been married for 5 years and has 2 beautiful children. When not at work, Jake enjoys camping with his family, softball, golfing, and really anything that will keep him outdoors.

Mitch Terpstra

Mitch Terpstra

Lawncare Sales & Operations

Mitch joined From The Ground Up in 2020 with two years of lawn care experience. He also worked seven years as a mechanic. Mitch enjoys helping customers with their lawn care needs and also helping in the shop to keep operations running. When Mitch is not working at From The Ground Up he is also a paid On Call Firefighter for the Owatonna Fire Department. In his off time, Mitch enjoys shooting pool, playing softball, and waterfowl hunting with his friends.

Amber Lacher

Amber Lacher

Human Resources

Amber joined the team in 2021, with seven years of experience in Human Resources, LinkedIn. New to the industry and small business environment, she jumped at the chance to challenge herself and bring her innate passion for serving employees. Amber has taken on many additional roles including, but not limited to, marketing, tech support, shop-mom, and party planner. She stays busy outside of work with her three children who are very active in sports & 4-H. When Amber does find a free moment, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family & friends - doing whatever sounds fun, where there is typically something competitive involved.