Meet the Team
In 1980, Paul made the move from Annapolis, MD to Cape Cod, and started Ponderosa Landscaping. For over 40 years the company’s signature red trucks have covered the Cape, transporting plants and soil, stone and tools, and all the materials – and workers! – needed to make every unique project shine. Paul’s great love for the outdoors, his enthusiasm for meeting and working with people, and his artistic passion for color and creativity have helped make Ponderosa what it is today.
Peter McKendree is a native Cape Codder who has worked with Ponderosa Landscaping for 22 years. Peter has a passion for stone. His two favorite jobs to date include: first, the atrium space outside of the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, which features a swirling pattern with stone from Mexico, and second, a pool and spa in Chatham worked with stone from India, a beautiful and rare material at the time of the project. Peter and his wife Laura have two great Australian shepherds, and love to hike and go to the beach. Pete’s love for dogs extends to all four-legged creatures, including a couple cows which he helps milk and take care of at a nearby barn. He’s also an accomplished singer (baritone) and trumpet player, and by his own admission has two addictions: chocolate, and the New England Patriots.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN & SALES
Ali Thompson hails from Braintree, MA, but years ago, after years of vacationing on the Cape with her family, she decided to make it home. Ali has been with Ponderosa since 2005. Ali has a heart for understanding what clients want and how to guide them, seeing the big picture of projects while taking care of all the tiny details. She keeps up with educational and professional standards, and is a Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional. As the manager of our Fine Gardening division, she oversees garden design and installations, renovations, and container gardens. Ali and her husband have a daughter and a son, who both love “helping” mommy in the garden. After work, you can find Ali spending her free time in her own garden, where she grows not only perennials and vegetables, but also hops, which she and her husband harvest in the fall and use to make home-brewed beer.
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULING MANAGER
Ryan Torres originally born in New Jersey, moved to the Cape at the age of 4 and has been a local ever since. Ryan began his landscaping career in 1999, and has been with Ponderosa since 2009. He thoroughly enjoys working in the outdoors and being in nature and helping create beautiful landscapes with the crews. Nature and the outdoors greatly impact his life outside of Ponderosa as well. Ryan and his wife, Kristin, are co-owners of a safari company in Tanzania Africa, where their company provides tours of the Serengeti and other national parks as well as donate and give back to the local communities over there as much as possible. These ventures have also led Ryan to his hobby of nature photography.
A native of Philadelphia, Charles Wentz finally made it to the Cape (via Boston) in 1991. That same year he went to work for Ponderosa Landscaping, and has been faithfully beautifying grounds and properties all over the Cape ever since. Charles’ passion involves jobs within a conservation area: explaining to the client the philosophical reasoning and methods for the job, devising a plan that’s acceptable to the conservation commissions, and then executing it to everyone’s satisfaction. With his extensive knowledge of plants and horticulture, his professional expertise and artistic eye – and the help of his co-workers – Charles takes pride in helping to create desirable environments for people to enjoy. Outside of landscaping, Charles has two grown children, three grandchildren, and loves walking, observing nature, photography, and helping kids.
A true Cape Codder, Scott Anthony makes his home in Brewster, and has been with Ponderosa for 11 years. Being reliable, trustworthy, and working with a good sense of humor are all high on Scott’s priority list. His favorite Ponderosa challenge so far was rebuilding a beach in his home town of Brewster, after a N’easter had destroyed it. And no wonder – next to his two daughters and his dog Campton, Cape Cod Bay has captured Scott’s heart, and lobstering is one of his major passions!
Lynn grew up in all over New England, and after graduating was honored to have served her country in the US Navy, stationed in Japan. After returning to the states and living in Charleston, SC she found herself back in Maine. She came to Cape Cod “on vacation” in 1988 and never left. She has lived in Brewster and now North Eastham with her husband Joe and their 2 cats for almost 35 years. She loves shoulder seasons on the outer Cape, traveling, but her true passion is her grandchildren.
Deb, a nearly 20-year resident of the Cape, first discovered Brewster as a child with her family. A “summer brat” for many years, she was fortunate to spend summers working various jobs and enjoying the bay beaches with her friends. Fast forward to 2003 when Deb moved full-time to Brewster from Northern California after a long career in advertising. Fortunate to have called Brewster, Orleans and now Wellfleet home, she couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. The beauty, serenity and amazing nature inspires her daily. Deb enjoys long walks on the beach, kayaking, visiting with friends and the uniqueness of living on the Outer Cape.