Meet Our Team
We are proud of our diverse team of designers, account managers, production managers, administrative personnel, and field experts who all work together to create a robust landscape that engages aesthetics, function, safety and maintenance. Whether the task at hand is creating an entirely new landscape, revitalizing neglected green spaces or simply correcting a drainage problem, Sunrise can help you implement a complete design/build program that fits your budget and your lifestyle.
Joe Markell – President, CEO
Joe is a native of the Northern Virginia area. He was born and raised in Great Falls/Reston and has lived here his whole life. In 1986, Joe started Sunrise Lawn/Landscaping Services with one truck and a mower. He is the driving force behind the company’s growth and success. Joe is a Certified Landscape Professional and recently received his horticulturist certification. In his free time Joe enjoys bass fishing, duck hunting, working in his yard, and playing soccer and football with his kids. Joe currently lives in Leesburg with his wife and four children.
Margaret Hayek-Chief Financial Officer
Margaret was our Financial Consultant for seven years before becoming our Chief Financial Officer in 2012. She currently handles the planning, implementing, forecasting, managing, and controlling of financial-related activities for Sunrise Landscape + Design. Small business accounting is a true passion for Margaret; the diversity of duties appeals to her entrepreneurial spirit. Margaret earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Marymount University. Her career began in public accounting with an emphasis in tax preparation. She then spent eighteen years self-employed which allowed her to service clients in a number of industries including construction, nonprofit, mortgage banking, magazine production, graphic prepress, and retail. Margaret, her husband, and two children enjoy swimming, biking, and volunteering for TheBurke Civic Ballet and A Forever Home Dog Rescue.
Alexandra Spare – Landscape Designer
After completing her undergraduate studies in Landscape Horticulture at the University of Maine, Alex said goodbye to harsh winters and expanded both the growing season and her plant palette by moving south. Alex began her career in Annapolis, Maryland as a production manager before working her way into Landscape Design, Management, and Business Development.
For nearly 15 years Alex has been working along the East Coast. In 2012 Alex earned her Master’s Degree in Business Management. Alex’s passion for gardening has kept her interests focused on residential design build and the infusion of beauty with practicality. New to Leesburg, she is enjoying settling in to the area with her husband and daughter.
Pablo Mejia-Design Build Division Production Manager
Pablo has been with Sunrise since 2005. Pablo’s personal mission is to provide quality above and beyond the industry standards, and he believes that getting a job done right is the highest priority. Pablo has been working in the landscape industry for over 10 years, and is constantly expanding his knowledge through ICPI, CLT, and other landscape certification courses. He is bi-lingual and hails from El Salvador. In his free time, he enjoys spending quality time with his tight knit family and friends.
Nick Channing- Account Manager
Nick comes from a military family and as a result he grew up all over the US and the world. He has been in the DC metro area since the early 90’s. Nick went to school at Keystone College in Scranton, PA and ESF Environmental School in Syracuse, NY. He started in the landscape industry in 1996 and has traveled all over the country working on everything from residential maintenance and design build to multimillion dollar projects like the 9/11 Memorial in Washington DC and the Borgata Casino in Atlantic city. Nick is key to Sunrise as the liaison between the office and the field. Nick currently lives in Sterling, VA with wife and their two dogs. Nick enjoys shore fishing, camping and distance shooting in his free time.
Leon Lowe-Mechanic and Shop Supervisor
Leon has always enjoyed working on vehicles, ever since he graduated from Herndon High School. Graduation from the Virginia Machinist Apprenticeship Council, and ten years working as a machinist in the aircraft industry also gave him an appreciation for precision in workmanship. Now, as one of our mechanics at Sunrise, Leon keeps our equipment running safely and properly, which allows our crews to work more efficiently. Leon enjoys the outdoors, with hunting and fishing at Lake Anna as his favorite pastime.