Our Team

Bob Landers

Bob is originally from the Cleveland Ohio area.  Bob attended Nordonia High School and upon graduation attended Ohio Northern University.  Bob began his career in the truck equipment industry.  Bob has lived in the Northern Virginia area for the past 28 years.  Bob is one of the three original founders of Elite Landscaping and serves as President of Elite. Bob has a Class “A” Contractors License, holds ICPI and NCMA certifications for pavers and segmental retaining wall construction and is a Licensed Commercial Pesticide Applicator.

Bob is married (to his high school sweetheart) and has one daughter who is a graduate of Stony Brook University and is a Store Manager for Target on Long Island. In his spare time Bob enjoys movies, exploring new restaurants and riding his Harley.

 

Bill Fortman

Bill is originally from the Cleveland Ohio area.  Bill attended St. Peter Chanel Catholic High School and upon graduation attended Akron University. Bill started his career in landscaping during summer breaks from college with Commercial Landscaping.  Bill then went on to employment with The Davey Tree Expert Company and attended the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences in Kent Ohio.  Bill then moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1991.  Bill is one of the three original founders of Elite Landscaping and serves as Vice President & General Manager of Elite.  Bill holds a Commercial Pesticide Applicators License.

Bill is married and has one daughter. In his spare time Bill enjoys visiting Craft Breweries and is a diehard Cleveland Browns fan and is hoping they make the Super Bowl in his lifetime.

 

 

 

 

Tracy Fortman

Tracy is originally from the Cleveland Ohio area.  Tracy attended Nordonia High School and upon graduation took classes at Cuyahoga Valley Community College.  Tracy began working in the landscaping industry in high school when she worked part time in the office at Nied Garden Center and after high school at Kurt O. Laubinger & Sons Greenhouse.  Tracy moved to the Northern Virginia area in 1991.  Tracy is one of the original founders of Elite Landscaping and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer.  Tracy is in charge of the day to day office activities and specializes in marketing the business.

Tracy is married and has one daughter. In her spare time Tracy enjoys visiting Craft Breweries (with Bill), cooking, reading and taking care of her two Pugs–Cobalt and Bandit.

 

 

 

Gessler Santos

Gessler Santos was born in Honduras and spent 16 years as part of the Honduran military. Santos received a lot of his military training in the United States and his dream was to move to the United States and become a citizen.  Santos achieved his dream and became a Untied States Citizen in 2012.   Santos has been with Elite Landscaping for the past 16 years. Santos started on a mowing crew and has worked his way up to Hardscape Manager.  Santos is ICIP certified in paver construction.

Santos is married and has two children. His son is currently attending college at Virginia Commonwealth University and his daughter and grandson are living in the Northern Virginia area. In his spare time, Santos likes to watch movies, enjoys trying different restaurants/foods and surfing the internet.

 

 

Erin Fortman

Erin grew up coming to work at Elite Landscaping with her mom and dad. Erin worked for Elite during summer vacations during both high school and college. Erin is a 2012 graduate of West Springfield High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Mary Washington in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology. Erin began working full time at Elite in the summer of 2016 as a Sales Representative/Landscape Designer. In addition to working full time, Erin is currently enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College taking classes towards her Associates Degree in Landscape Design.

In her spare time Erin enjoys reading, hiking and taking care of her rescue dog Chance.