Director of Marketing and Business Development
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Southview Design is one of the largest and fastest growing landscaping companies in MN. With more than 125 employees during the landscape season, Southview is expert in planning, construction, landscape design, and landscape care for Minneapolis and Twin Cities area residences. Founded in 1978, Southview has completed over 7,000 landscaping projects. Listed among the top 25 fastest growing landscape firms in the U.S., Southview's landscape designs have garnered awards from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, the Minnesota Chapter of NARI, the National Association of Landscape Professionals ( formerly PLANET), and Professional Remodeler Magazine.
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Southview design is ranked on Landscape Management Magazine's 2017 Top 150 List: #15 on the list of design/build firms | #25 on the list of residential firms
One of the largest and fastest growing landscaping companies in Minnesota, Southview Design has been designing and building residential landscapes all over the greater Twin Cities area since 1978. Southview has been recognized as a Top 25 Design/Build Leader in the country by Landscape Management Magazine.
Headquarters: St. Paul, MNPhone: (651) 203-3000Founded: 1978Primary Business: Landscape design and construction for Twin Cities areaOwnership: Privately heldEmployees: 60 during the winter months; more than 150 during the landscape installation seasonCustomers: Over 7,000 customers throughout the Twin Cities areaWebsite: www.southviewdesign.com
President & CEO: Chris CliftonVice President and General Manager: Ryan SlipkaLandscape Design/Partner: Josh KollerMarketing & Business Development: Karen FilloonDirector of Landscape Care: Johannes Louwers, PartnerController: Susan LarsonHuman Resources: Paula Aakhus
see award-winning projects
NALP Silver Award of Excellence (National Association of Landscape Professionals) – Classic Back Yard and Swimming Pool
NARI MN (National Association of the Remodeling Industry-Minnesota) Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Classic Back Yard and Swimming Pool
MNLA (Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association) Landscape Design Award for Excellence in Landscaping – Backyard National Forest
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design – French Quarter Courtyard
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Mid-Century Makeover
NALP Grand Award – Private Lakeside Paradise
NALP Grand Award – Vermillion Vista
NARI MN CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – French Quarter Courtyard
NALP Grand Award – French Quarter Courtyard
NARI MN CotY award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Lakeside Jewel
NALP Grand Award – Lakeside Jewel
NALP Merit Award – Mid-Century Makeover
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Pool with a View
NARI North Central Region CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Pool with a View
NARI National Award Winner – Pool with a View
MNLA (Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association) Excellence in Landscape Design – Thinking Outside the Deck
NARI Mn CotY Silver Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul
PLANET (Professional Landcare Network – now NALP) Recognition Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul
Professional Remodeler Magazine Silver Award – Swimming Pool Overhaul
PLANET National Landscape Awards of Excellence, Merit Award – Northwoods Inspired Backyard Design
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Edina Classic
NARI MN Honorable Mention – Laid-Back Back Yard
PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Recognition Award – Lakeside Award-Winner
Professional Remodeler Magazine – Gold Award – Lakeside Award-Winner
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Lakeside Award-Winner
NARI MN CotY Award for Landscape Design $60k and Over – Lakeside Award-Winner
NARI MN North Central Region Award for Landscape Design – Lakeside Award-Winner
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Janet and Paul’s Award-Winner
MNLA Excellence in Landscape Design Award – Hillside Forest Retreat
NARI Mn CotY (Contractor of the Year) Award for Landscape Design over $60k – Award-Winning Small Yard
MNLAExcellence in Landscape Design Award – Award-Winning Small Yard
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association
MNLA Landscape Design Award – Historic Reflections
MNLA Landscape Design Award – Northwoods Magic
Southwest Metro Magazine, Best Landscaper, 2014Edina's Best Landscaper, Edina Magazine, 2015, 2014 Eagan's Best Landscape, Eagan Sun Newspaper, 2016
Best of Houzz – Design 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013Best of Houzz – Service 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Top 100 2018, Southview Design #93
Fast 50, October 2015
A typical project begins with an initial meeting with the homeowners to determine their goals and budget and answer questions about Southview’s design-build process and fees, warranty, experience and qualifications.
After measuring the property, the designer produces concepts incorporating desired landscape elements such as a patio, water feature, retaining walls, walkways, and planting beds to name a few along with a preliminary estimate of what it will take to build it, general information about construction methods, and initial suggestions for materials.
Once the homeowner approves the preliminary budget and design, the designer refines the design and layout. If the design includes a deck, pool or other structure, Southview obtains the necessary permits and approvals for the work.
Projects are built in the order of when contracts are signed. Many projects can be built in a couple of days while more complex projects can take a few weeks. The weather can also affect the timing.
On the day the project is completed, the Southview project manager or designer takes the homeowners on a guided tour of their new landscape, providing information about how to care for their new investment.
Chris has been president and CEO of Southview Design since 2009. Since Chris took ownership, Southview Design has grown its revenues by more than 550 percent, ranking it among the largest design-build landscape firms in the U.S. Chris attributes this growth to the fact that he took a solid organization with good people and good visibility and continued to invest in marketing the Southview brand, even during the downturn.
Southview uses a different employment model than the majority of privately owned landscape firms. Most of these firms require its employees to wear several different hats – landscape designer, salesperson, crew and supply manager, accountant, etc. At Southview, employees have specialized roles that enable them to work in their area of competency.
Chris is a proponent of the idea that, while product excellence and customer service are important, nothing is more important than providing a great work environment for people who want to thrive and grow in the landscape business. Southview now has more than 50 career landscape professionals whose compensation is tied with revenue growth and profitability, so they’re incentivized to help the company grow.
Chris bought Southview Design only after looking at several different companies that were in related but similar fields to facilities management, a field he had worked in for 24 years. Of all the companies he considered buying, Southview Design was the most well put-together company in terms of the systems, processes and quality of staff.
Originally from the Dallas area, Chris holds a BBA in finance from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MBA from Minnesota State University.