The foundation of any successful endeavor is based on having excellent people. High Prairie Landscape Group continues to excel because we surround ourselves with people dedicated to our core values.

  1. Do the right thing. ALWAYS.
  2. Over-achieving is a way of life. Why be average when you can be amazing?
  3. People matter. We have a collaborative team-work mentality. We build each other and push each other to reach new limits.
  4. Innovation and Growth: We dedicate ourselves to a life of always learning and growing both personally and professionally.
  5. We serve others first. Our unique culture works because we’re all servants at heart.

Meet The Team

Robyn Schmitz
Owner/Founder

Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have four adopted dogs.

Since founding High Prairie Landscape Group in 2010, Robyn and her company have been selected by some of the most luxurious communities in the Mid-West to design, consult, and install landscapes. In 2015, High Prairie Landscape Group was named as Kansas City’s Landscaping Experts by the national magazines of Elle Décor and House Beautiful.

Robyn has been selected as an educator to speak at several trade organizations about increasing the professionalism of the Landscaping Industry. In 2016, Robyn was hired to create a webinar series where she teaches other landscapers how to make Professionalism a Key Performance Metric in their company with her own analysis scoring sheet and 5 Part Process.

Robyn’s career in landscaping began humbly as a landscape crew member while she worked her way through college. As she learned and grew, she worked her way up from crew member, to crew lead, and eventually to designer for that company. Since Robyn has worked on both maintenance and installation crews, she has a clear understanding of what it takes to create top-notch spaces.

Bret Schmitz
Owner/CFO

Bret is a Graduate of Kansas State University with an accounting degree. Bret is also a legal C.P.A. He grew up in Baileyville, Ks. and has eight older brothers. Prior to completing college, Bret played football at Butler County Community College where they competed for their divisional National Championship. Bret handles all of the accounting for High Prairie Landscape Group and is also a large part of the Landscape Production team. Bret can often be found behind the scenes helping get everyone prepared for the day.

Bret’s landscaping career started while at K-State as he worked to help pay for college. Bret worked on an installation crew at the same company Robyn worked for. Bret’s unique combination of experience between accounting and construction make him a valuable part of the team.

Prior to 2016, Bret worked full-time doing financial analysis and accounting for some of the largest financial portfolios in the city. During that time, Bret spent his evenings doing the all-important accounting tasks for the High Prairie Team. In January of 2016, Bret joined the team full-time and has been a huge asset.

Tyler Banken
Design/Sales Manager

Tyler’s work experience includes working in Australia, New Zealand, and America. Tyler graduated with his Masters of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and a Bachelors in Marketing from University of Missouri. While at Texas Tech, Tyler was an instructor for the Site Engineering class and heavily involved in a Lubbock, Tx. community rejuvenation project.

Tyler joined the High Prairie family in 2015 and has quickly carved a spot as an invaluable team member. Tyler has worked tirelessly to bring our signature “High Style Design” to Kansas City. When he’s not taking care of our customers or creating grand designs, he can be found helping any team member that needs a boost. Tyler is a team player at heart with a true talent for listening to what people need and delivering something above and beyond their expectations.

Tyler grew up in Cape Girardeau, Mo. where he’s still very close to his family. Tyler is a talented golfer and loves to travel.

David Jeannin
Maintenance Division Manager

David is a graduate of the Horticulture program at Iowa State University. David grew up in Lone Jack, Mo. and is an avid sports fan. He keeps the Landscape Maintenance division running smoothly and is exceptionally talented at trouble-shooting any problems that may arise. David’s mechanical acumen, attention to detail, and horticultural education make him another key team member.

David helped start the maintenance division for High Prairie Landscape Group and has been a huge part of setting the high standards we hold for landscape maintenance teams. Ironically, David’s path towards landscape maintenance started several years ago when he and Robyn worked together at another company. Robyn and David were working to start a landscape maintenance division for that company before the company fell on hard times. David continued growing his maintenance experience at UMKC Grounds Maintenance before joining High Prairie Landscape Group.

David is a certified Lawn and Landscape Chemical Applicator in Kansas and Missouri and a certified Techniseal applicator.

Shane Steelman
Construction Division Manager

Shane is a Horticulture alum of Kansas State University and grew up in Ottawa, Ks. While at KSU, Shane was a crew leader for the Thockmorton Plant Sciences Center landscape and patio installation. Shane manages the crews responsible for creating the amazing spaces High Prairie Landscape Group has become known for. He utilizes his construction knowledge, horticultural experience, and resourcefulness to keep the entire installation division executing plans seamlessly. Execution is a huge part of our equation for distinctive landscapes and Shane is the person behind the scenes making that happen.

Shane embodies the team mentality and has created a cohesive team of installation specialists who continue to thrive and grow.

Shane is a certified installation specialist for the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute and a certified Techniseal applicator.

Paula Jackle
Seasonal Color Manager/Director of First Impressions

Paula graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with a Horticulture Degree and grew up in Liberal, Ks. Paula married her high school sweetheart, Dillen in 2009 and they have two dogs in Olathe. Paula and Dillen are active members of their church community and Dillen is a teacher and football coach. Paula divides her time between creating impactful seasonal displays and supporting the HR needs of our growing team. Paula’s meticulous attention to detail and precise nature make her a natural fit in both areas.

Paula dedicates her time to learning and knowing the most innovative seasonal color developments each year and to brining those new cultivars into Kansas City’s landscapes. For high impact, cultivar selection matters and Paula helps make that happen.  This dedication has helped High Prairie Landscape Group carve a niche for seasonal color that isn’t the “cookie cutter” offerings of many competitors. We contract grow our seasonal color so that we’re not shopping where everyone else is.

Paula is also the face new staff meet first as she helps Robyn with interviewing, hiring paperwork, tracking attendance, and reporting time off requests. She is often behind the scenes helping other managers during the months her seasonal color divisions isn’t active.

Aaron Schmitz
Maintenance Specialist

Aaron’s experience with High Prairie Landscape began in 2010 when he spent his summers between college classes helping install landscapes. He’s been with the company since the humble beginnings of an old Jeep and a small trailer. Aaron’s education comes from Cloud County Community College and Kansas State University.

Today, Aaron is helping grow a successful landscape maintenance division. Aaron’s well-rounded experience makes him incredibly valuable to the team. He’s experienced with large and small equipment operation, landscape installation, and landscape maintenance. Aaron can often be found leading a landscape maintenance team.

Aaron is a talented craft cocktail creator and enjoys fishing and watching the Kansas City Royals.