President & CEO
Gary Moss is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Moss Landscaping, Inc. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has over 35 years’ experience in the landscape business. Gary is a native of Houston, where he and his wife have raised their three children. The descendant of Greek immigrants, he is very proud of his Greek heritage, and currently serves on the board of trustees for the Annunciation Orthodox School and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Memorial Park Conservancy, the board of the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and the advisory board for the Houston Botanical Garden.
Chief Operating Officer
Joey Canahuati is the Chief Operating Officer of Moss Landscaping, Inc., charged with responsibility for the company’s day-to-day operations. Joey began working in the landscape business shortly after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He joined Moss Landscaping in 2002 as a designer and has held various leadership roles in the company prior to assuming his current position as Chief Operating Officer. Joey is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Texas, and is licensed as a landscape irrigator and backflow prevention assembly tester. When he is not at work, you can find Joey spending time with his wife and three beautiful children.
Chief Financial Officer
Jamie Mitchell is our Chief Financial Officer, responsible for our accounting, administration and facilities management teams. Jamie has worked for Moss Landscaping since 2003. He received his degree in accounting from Auburn University in 1985. Jamie is happily married and the proud parent of two adult children. When he’s not at work or with his family, you can find Jamie cheering on his Auburn Tigers or traveling with his border collies for sheep training and trailing.
Senior Vice President – Construction
Brian Lokey joined Moss Landscaping in 2016 as a landscape designer and project manager. In this position, he worked with our clients on the design, planning and management of their landscaping projects. Now, as our Senior VP of Construction, Brian oversees and leads the Construction, Design and Build Departments to ensure every project is implemented efficiently and according to plan. A native of Springdale, Arkansas, Brian earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas in 2011 and has worked in the landscape business since 2012. Brian and his wife live in Montrose and are proud parents to two boys. Brian and his wife enjoy the many attractions Houston has to offer. They love the outdoors and can easily be found at a park enjoying the weather, hiking and camping through National Parks, biking through Montrose, or anywhere else adventure may take them.
Construction Project Manager
As a Construction Project Manager, Fernando oversees the implementation and completion of our landscape installations. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, a licensed landscape irrigation technician and has been with the Moss Landscaping team since 2010. Fernando was previously with our Maintenance division where he managed over 50 client properties ensuring each landscape remained healthy and beautiful. He recently made a transition over to our Construction division where he can use his experience to help manage the overall installation of our landscape designs. Fernando loves to travel with his wife and spend quality time with friends and family. We are thankful to have him on our team!
Construction Project Manager
Originally from Hempstead, Long Island, Wilfredo has lived in Houston since 2006. Wilfredo has worked in the landscape industry since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. As a Construction Project Manager, Wilfredo schedules upcoming projects, procures materials, and communicates with our Designers throughout the entirety of each job. In his free time, Wilfredo enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and going to local breweries.
Landscape Architect & Project Manager
A native Houstonian, Kaitlin graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Landscape Architecture and recently became a registered Landscape Architect. Following graduation, Kaitlin began her landscape design career in Anchorage, Alaska before returning to her home state of Texas. With several years of design-build experience in the Houston area, we are thrilled to have her on the Moss Landscaping team. As a landscape architect and project manager, she oversees every step of the landscape process, from conceptual design to installation. Customizing a client’s garden to fit their needs is what Kaitlin loves most about her position and she enjoys helping clients re-imagine their outdoor space to add comfort and versatility to their daily routine. When she’s not designing, Kaitlin loves golf, swimming and spending quality time with family and friends!
Landscape Designer & Project Manager
While from Oklahoma originally, Jon has lived in Houston for 12 years. He attended Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture. As a part of Moss Landscaping’s design team, Jon works closely with our clients to design and implement master planned gardens. His responsibilities include project management, hand and digital rendering and coordination with our irrigation, drainage, and planting departments to oversee the installation of each project. When he’s not working, you can find Jon traveling – either to Oklahoma to see his family, or to Mexico to go scuba diving!
Landscape Designer & Project Manager
Ed is originally from Parma, Ohio but has lived in Houston since 2000. Ed has two undergraduate degrees and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. His favorite thing about Moss Landscaping is the ability to work with other creative-minded people just like himself! Ed works closely with clients and subcontractors to design and implement his plans, which includes tree service, irrigation and drainage, lighting, hardscaping and landscaping. Ed enjoys riding his bike and playing softball during his free time. When he travels he loves to explore historic properties and gardens. We are excited to have him!
Enhancements & Sales Manager
With over 25 years of experience in landscaping, Carrie brings a wealth of plant knowledge to our team. She joined Moss Landscaping in 2014 after spending 17 years at True Green where she served as a regional sales rep, marketing director and taught agronomics. At Moss, Carrie is our Enhancement Specialist, which is a term we use to describe any garden improvement that does not require a formal design plan. You can find Carrie installing everything from new seasonal color arrangements to planting rows of trees. Carrie renovated a client’s dry creek bed which corrected a drainage issue while adding new visual interest to their wooded backyard. Originally from Memphis, Carrie moved to Houston in 1981 with a background in business. Carrie is a trained wedding photographer and owned her own portrait studio for many years before finally making the transition to her true passion, gardening. Her greatest joy is building close relationships with her clients and “making things perfect and beautiful.” She has been accused by her neighbors of trimming her lawn with scissors. Great gardens require great care and we are lucky to have a talent like Carrie working so hard for our clients.
Landscape Sales Consultant
Originally from Rochester, New York, Nicholas lived in Dallas for 15 years before moving to Houston. As a landscape designer with over 20 years of experience, Nicholas brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our design/build team. As a Landscape Sales Consultant, Nicholas works on enhancements to properties as well as creating landscape designs. Working closely with his team and homeowners are what Nicholas appreciates most about his position. When he’s not at work, Nicholas enjoys spending time with his wife and their golden retriever, Lexi. They also enjoy anything outdoors, including (but not limited to) hunting, fishing, boating, golfing and relaxing on the beach!
Landscape Sales Consultant
Larry has been in Texas for 35 years, 24 of those being in Houston. He started in the landscape industry very young, mowing yards at age 12! He has had a vast career in the industry, from owning his own landscape installation business to the vendor and nursery side of things. He strives to provide the best client experience as a sales consultant with Moss, and enjoys being able to learn and work as a team within the company. When not working on a landscape project, you can find Larry spending time with his “beautiful and incredibly intelligent” wife, playing the drums with his church, traveling, or riding his motorcycle!
Originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico, Francisco has lived in Houston since 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Urban Landscaping. Francisco has been in this industry since 2015. As a Design Associate, he works in AutoCAD, assists the design team in production, and designs and collaborates with the team. When Francisco is not working, he loves to spend time with his wife, sisters, and parents.
RICHARD “BEV” RANEY
Bev has spent 20 years in Houston, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In those 20 years in Houston, he has been involved with various nurseries and the plant selection process of the landscape business. He strives to select the best quality materials and have them arrive at our projects in the most timely manner. When not finding our plant materials, you can find Bev spending time with his wife and two sons, plus all of their furry friends. He enjoys working in his yard, grilling, listening to some tunes, and having some of his own home brew!
ANASTACIO “TACHO” BETANCOURT
Originally from Mexico, Tacho has lived in Houston for more than 30 years. He is a licensed irrigator, certified backflow tester and has been with Moss since 1998. As our Drainage and Irrigation Manager, Tacho leads the foremen each morning to discuss and plan current projects. He also works closely with the designers during the initial phases of each project to develop accurate budgets and irrigation plans. Tacho and his wife are the proud parents to three daughters and a son. In his free time, Anastacio enjoys hunting, playing pool and watching soccer.
Irrigation Service Supervisor
As our Irrigation Service Supervisor, Gerardo schedules client services, assists technicians on-site, proposes irrigation modifications and ensures our customers receive the best in irrigation maintenance and care. Known as ‘Jerry’ by clients and friends, he has been a part of the Moss Landscaping team since 2014 and a licensed irrigator since 2004. Gerardo’s passion for his role stems from his love of the outdoors and the joy he finds from maintaining strong gardens. Our team appreciates his commitment to quality and his dedication to providing superior customer service. In his free time, Gerardo spends time with his family, is an active member in his church and loves watching sports.
Tree Care Supervisor
Oscar has been in Houston for 8 years, originally from El Salvador. He has been in the tree business for a long time, with many years spent as a tree climber. He brings this experience and skill to his new position as tree care supervisor, running the crews and managing the quality of all the trees on each one of our properties or projects. One thing Oscar loves about his job is getting to drive and be outside for the majority of the day. When not at work, you can find him spending time with his family and fishing.
Seasonal Color Specialist
Hilary joined Moss Landscaping in the spring of 2013 as our Seasonal Color Specialist. Her love of gardening and ability to choose complimentary colors and textures make her a great asset to our team as well as our clientele. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in forestry. During her undergraduate years, she served as a teaching assistant in the dendrology class (tree identification) and loved exploring the wild forests of the region learning about the natural history of the area. After college, she spent a semester in Baja, Mexico studying natural history with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), then attended a wilderness medical course to become a First Responder. Hilary is an ISA Certified Arborist and has worked for the City of Houston as an Urban Forester. Hilary and her husband have three beautiful children and enjoy playing sports and visiting the Houston Arboretum. Her children are very comfortable riding atop bags of soil and making room for the extra flat of flowers that always seem to be in the car.
Junior moved to Houston in 2014 from sunny California! In college, he studied horticulture and landscape design and has worked in the garden industry since the early 2000’s. As a maintenance supervisor, Junior is responsible for ensuring his properties are well maintained and cared for. Junior’s favorite part about his job is being a part of the team that makes our projects come to life! He jokes that he took his first steps as a child at the Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano, California and has been in the landscape world ever since. Junior and his wife, Arianna, have three daughters (the youngest of which are twins) and they love playing soccer, riding bikes together and spending quality time with friends and family
Nicolas began his career in the landscape industry in 2014 and brings a wealth of valuable experience to our team. As a maintenance supervisor, he is responsible for ensuring each of his properties are well-maintained and details of each home are managed. When he’s not at work, Nicolas enjoys spending family time with his wife and two daughters.