Meet Our Team

Ty Ullman

President/Landscape Architect

Ty Ullman
Ty grew up in Billings, MT and moved to Spokane in 1986. He graduated from Central Valley High School in 1988 and Washington State University in 1993. Ty started Clearwater Landscape in 1996, passed his Landscape Architect Exam in 1997, and then merged his company with Summit Landscape in 2000 to create the infamous group you see below. So who is he, you ask? Well, as he tells his kids, he plants flowers for a living. But as we all know, it’s a bit more complicated than that. He chose this career after spending his first year at WSU in the Mechanical Engineering program. Part of the problem is he probably didn’t do enough thinking that first year, as he may very well have been busy doing other college-type activities. That summer, he returned to Spokane and worked for a landscape company and soon realized how much he enjoyed working outdoors. So he returned that fall, heard about this major called Landscape Architecture, checked it out and jumped right into his DREAM career…

Scott Bucher

Operations Manager

Scott Bucher
Scott graduated from the U of W with an Economics degree in 1994. After graduating, he spent 10 years working primarily on segmental retaining wall and concrete paver projects. For seven of those 10 years Scott owned and operated his own business and in 2005 joined the Clearwater Summit Group team. Scott is currently the operations manager for the company and enjoys working hard every day with some of the best landscapers in the industry.

Brent Schreiber

Senior Project Manager

Brent Schreiber
Brent went to high school in Sammamish, WA and went on to graduate from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in Geography and GIS. Upon graduating, Brent worked in the Seattle area for the next eight years doing landscape sales, design and project management. After a half day visit to North Idaho when visiting family for Christmas in Spokane, he and his wife decided to leave the west-side traffic behind and relocate to scenic North Idaho. Brent quickly found a spot at Clearwater Summit Group in 2007, where he has been estimating and managing a multitude of projects ever since. He has a great passion for seeing new outdoor environments come to life and greatly enjoys working with the team at Clearwater Summit. Outside of work, Brent has his hands full with two young boys, Cody and Colin, and a wild hound dog named Sadie…and he loves every minute of it. When he can find the time, you’ll find him fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, snowboarding and watching sports, but mostly just enjoying any kind of time with his family in this beautiful place they now call home.

Kim Hickman

Commercial Project Manager/Estimator/Plant Procurement

Kim Hickman
Kim grew up mainly in Seattle and S.W. Washington, with stints in Ohio and Los Angeles along the way. She attended Washington State University in the early 90’s, majoring in Environmental Science. She joined Clearwater Summit Group in 2000, working in the field as the service technician until the end of the 2012 season. She was then promoted to commercial project manager and estimator in December 2012. She shares her house with three extremely lazy rescue cats, Noodle, Bert and Ernie. Kim is an avid Mariners, Cougar football/basketball and Gonzaga fan, hoping every spring that this is the year the Mariners finally make it back to the playoffs. Kim loves any activity in the outdoors. Kim spends the bulk of her free time volunteering at CDA Ironman, camping, hiking, snowshoeing, attending an eclectic variety of music events and going on spontaneous road trips.

Aaron Rietze

Landscape Architect/Project Manager/Sales

Aaron Rietze
Aaron grew up on the ski slopes, mountain trails and soccer fields of Boise, ID. Attended the University of Idaho where he spent some time studying landscape design in Italy and went on to earn a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1998 (and fall in love with a cute college girl). Kristi and Aaron lived and worked in Boise & Portland, OR where Aaron learned the business of landscaping working for big firms in both cities. This experience led him to his landscape niche & passion working on “Custom Residential Design/Build” projects. Married in 2002, they made the big, permanent move back to Kristi’s hometown, Coeur d’Alene where a large village of family could help them raise a family. Aaron joined Clearwater Summit Group in 2004 and thoroughly enjoyed the diverse experience and team atmosphere for six years. In 2011 Aaron fulfilled a dream of starting his own small company which taught him more about the business of landscaping than any higher education ever could have! Most importantly he learned the value of working with a team of professionals and being a part of a bigger company to best serve client’s needs. CSGI gives Aaron the opportunity to walk more closely alongside the client through the process and focus on attention to detail rather than wearing the many varied hats he wore as a small business owner. He will also have more time to focus on the brood of (4!) kids he and Kristi joyously raise – 3 girls and a boy who love the ski slopes, mountain trails and soccer fields as much as he does. As of 2016 Aaron is very happy to be back with the CSGI team!

Curtis Morin

Landscape Architect & Design Manager

Curtis Morin
Curt joined the Clearwater team in early 2013 as a Landscape Architect. Originally from Spokane, his career began at Washington State University, where he received his degree in Landscape Architecture in 2003. After graduation, he moved to Savannah, GA for a change of scenery and pace. In addition to Savannah, he spent parts of the next eight years working as a Landscape Designer/Architect in the beautiful cities of Hilton Head, SC (where he met his wife Jessica) and Charlotte, NC. He became a registered Landscape Architect in the fall of 2007. He had his first child, Vaughn, in September of 2008, and soon after that, he headed back home to Spokane to raise and expand his family. Another boy, Reece, joined the party in August of 2013. In his off-time, Curt enjoys doing projects around the house (of his own mind, not his wife’s), growing massive amounts of tomatoes that nobody in his family (including himself) even likes, hosting cornhole tournaments/bbq’s at his home with his friends, and hanging with his two dogs, Frank and Beans.

Luke Schauer

Landscape Architect & Residential Project Manager

Luke Schauer
Luke grew up in little Leavenworth, WA. He graduated in 2008 from Cascade High School where he had a passion for athletics. While living in Leavenworth he was a lead Greens Keeper for the Enzian Falls golf course, a field technician for Deeproots Landscaping Inc., and a community service leader. Luke developed a love for the outdoors and enhancing the space around the home from his father who had owned a landscape business in the Midwest. He attended Washington State University from 2008-2012 and graduated with his degree in Landscape Architecture as well as a minor in Horticulture. When Luke isn’t working, he spends time with his family and three dogs, camping, hiking, hunting, and enjoying all things outdoors.

Carlos Lima

Commercial Project Manager/Estimator

Carlos Lima
Carlos was born and raised in North Idaho, and graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 2007. At a young age Carlos developed a love for drawing and playing soccer. His love for drawing soon turned into a passion for design. His athleticism earned him a letter in High School Soccer. He continued his education at the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture. Upon graduating Carlos accepted a position with Gothic Landscape Inc. in Southern California. During his two-year tenure he managed both large and small-scale housing developments specializing in the fields of grading and drainage. A Northwest native at heart, Carlos found himself eager to return to Coeur d’Alene and pursue his career in the design field. In his free time Carlos enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with family and friends while enjoying everything that North Idaho has to offer.

Darrin Hatfield

Maintenance Operations Manager

Darrin Hatfield
Darrin Hatfield is a Spokane Valley native now living in Hayden, Id. He has been involved with Golf Course Maintenance and Landscape Maintenance for the past 25 years. His past history includes Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and The Club at Black Rock. Darrin has also served as the Landscape Manager at Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club. He received his AS degree from Western Texas College in Golf Course Management. Darrin has a wonderful loving wife named Drue and two fabulous daughters named Ellie (twelve years) and Halle (two years). His family is his life and they support him in everything he does. Darrin enjoys playing golf and just being outdoors. He completed his first ever triathlon in 2011 where he ran a Half Ironman in Boise and later participated in the Coeur d’Alene Ironman in the same summer. When it comes to doing a service for our customers, Darrin strives for things to be done right the first time and give the customer what they expect.

Ruby Nee

Controller

Ruby Nee
Ruby received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting degree from Eastern Washington University in 2004. She has worked in the construction and mining industry for more than 30 years in various positions relating to the accounting field. She has been with CSGI in the capacity of Controller for 16 years. Ruby grew up on the Colville Indian Reservation in the very small town of Keller, Washington. She is married, has two children and enjoys time with her family, watching college sports and attending as many yoga classes as she can fit in.

Nicole Kahler

Business Development Specialist

Nicole Kahler
Nicole was raised in Moscow, ID and graduated from the University of Idaho with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Landscape Architecture (2010/2012). Upon graduation, Nicole served as the Executive Director for CDA 2030, a community engagement and planning organization for greater Coeur d’Alene. Nicole joined Clearwater Summit Group in 2022 to assist with plant procurement, marketing, sales, and software implementation. Nicole enjoys spending time adventuring with her husband, Derek, and sons, Easton and Coen. She spends most of her spare time boating Coeur d’Alene Lake, traveling, and collecting plants.

Kevin Zirker

Mason/Special Projects Foreman

Kevin Zirker
Kevin grew up in Moscow, Idaho, where he mowed lawns with his siblings during high school. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a degree in Fine Arts. He and his family lived in the Denver area for 11 years; for seven of those years he operated his own residential landscape company. In 2013 they returned to the Inland Northwest where he began working for Clearwater Summit Group. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and currently volunteers on the City of Post Falls Urban Forestry Sub-committee. El habla mas espanol que Ty pero menos que Sergio! Kevin and his wife, Lisa, have been married since 2000 (easy for him to remember his next anniversary) and are in the middle of raising four kids. They keep busy with church activities, Boy Scouts, sports, and enjoying the lakes of North Idaho.

Chuck McMillen

Shop Manager

Chuck McMillen
As the shop manager for Clearwater Summit Group, Chuck has literally kept the company running for the past seven years serving as our lead mechanic and Safety Program Supervisor. In addition to Chuck’s mechanics skills, he is also an accomplished fabricator helping create decorative railings, gates and any other amenities the designers might dream up. Chuck was born and raised in Ohio, and after graduating high school, he stayed in-state to attend Bowling Green University. After college, he headed for the warm weather and sunny beaches of Florida, where he met his wife Darcie. Leaving Florida, he and his new bride made their way to the Pacific Northwest, where he decided to forego a career in business management, his area of study at Bowling Green, and turn his mechanic ability into full time job. While in Spokane, Chuck and Darcie gave birth to their only child, Danae, a recent graduate of Central Valley High School. In his off-time, Chuck is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing being his main activities. And when he’s not getting enough of it at work, he likes to tinker in his own shop at home.

Mike Gilbert

Senior Project Foreman

Mike Gilbert
Mike has done custom residential and commercial landscapes with Clearwater Summit Group for over 20 years. He has been involved in all phases of landscape and is currently a landscape foreman. Currently his role in the company is installing landscapes that bring the designers’ and clients’ vision and creative concepts to life. His focus is using the finest materials and practices in the industry to enhance the value and appearance of each individual project. Mike’s love and passion for plants and their layout is demonstrated in every job he is involved with. Mike is a native to the Spokane area with his wife Jennifer and their daughter, Olivia. They all love walking, playing, and spending their free time enjoying the landscape that Mike has put together at his own home. Mike’s home landscape design and installation has been awarded the “Best Landscape of the Month” by the Inland Empire Gardeners, and has been showcased on their landscape tour. His yard has also been featured in the Spokesman’s Review.