Christine Howell, Buyer/Project Manager, The Todd Group

Christine joined The Todd Group in March 2016 as a buyer and project manager, bringing with her wealth of experience in landscape design, project management, and field operations. Christine ran her own landscaping company for 24 years, earning accolades for design from Rutgers University. Throughout her career, she has gained additional experience as a designer and project manager for companies such as Evergreen Landscaping , Matterhorn Nursery, and Argus Construction, which focused on commercial installations for parks, schools, multifamily housing complexes, shopping centers, and more. A passion project for Christine was the creation of Xtreme Habitat Recreation, a non-profit organization devoted to developing amateur action sports athletes through the creation of bicycle motocross tracks, skate parks, ATV and motorcycle trails and tracks, and similar facilities. Christine served as president of the organization from 2001 until 2015.

Deep Roots with Christine Howell

Keeping-it-real job title
Wizard of Procurement and Negotiation

What are you passionate about?
Doing the right thing. Enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. And of course, gardening.

Why did you join The Todd Group?
This company is very creative and has excellent customer rapport and attention to detail. The people who work here really enjoy what they do—and that makes for a fulfilling work environment.

What does your own garden look like?
I live on three acres in Northern Passaic County that back up to a 60-acre watershed area. I’ve got lots of perennials going on and I grow many different vegetables. I love living amid nature with the ability to easily go see a Broadway show in New York.

What do you love about your job?
I’ve always loved being outside, and quite honestly, getting my hands dirty! Playing with plants and nurturing them to see them grow and flourish is just joy. Working in this industry is therapeutic.

Five must-haves to do your job well?
A great attitude, knowledge of plant and hardscape materials, a reliable vehicle, a computer, and good rain gear.

What makes a true landscape professional?
Landscaping is much more than mowing lawns! The best landscape team offers services like weed control, insect prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of fungi that can kill plants and trees. They understand the science of good, nutrient-rich soil and how to grow different plants well. That full-service approach is one benefit of working with The Todd Group—few landscape companies can care for your lawn, trees, and shrubs, design a patio and pool area with outdoor structures, and maintain it all beautifully.

What’s your favorite part of working with clients?
I just love making people happy. A beautiful landscape makes people feel good, and the thing I like most about this profession is sharing a finished product that people will enjoy for years to come.

Words to live by
Live life to the fullest and never look back.

Education
BBA, American InterContinental University
Associate of Science, Horticulture, The Ohio State University
Continuing Education Certificates in Park Management and Green Roof Installation, Rutgers University