David J. Frank Landscape hires Joestgen as COO

David J. Frank Landscape hires Joestgen as COO

The new chief operating officer has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in the landscape industry.


GERMANTOWN, Wis. – David J. Frank Landscape Contracting has hired John Joestgen to its newly created position of chief operating officer.

David J. Frank, the company's founder and CEO, passed away in February. His company ranked No. 77 on Lawn & Landscape's list of Top 100 companies in 2018. He was 69 years old.

Joestgen has over 30 years of experience in the landscape industry, more than 20 of those in an executive capacity. As an Illinois-based executive vice president and chief operating officer, Joestgen was in charge of maintenance, construction, irrigation and snow operations for up to five branches. These companies stretched from Milwaukee to Chicago to Indianapolis, with annual revenues exceeding $25 million.

Joestgen graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with degrees in Landscape Architecture and Ornamental Horticulture.  Immediately after graduation, Joestgen started working as a field superintendent and estimator on large-scale commercial landscape projects in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Orlando.

His list of credentials include landscape industry certified professional, certified arborist, certified snow professional, and his 30-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration certification. In addition, Joestgen has lent his expertise to the Illinois Green Industry Advisory Committee and the board of directors for the Illinois Turfgrass Foundation, among others. He also has worked as a consultant for various municipalities, companies and individuals.

It has been estimated that over 50,000 trees have been planted in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas under Joestgen’s management. His understanding of tree biology, soils and fertilization, construction, maintenance, and sustainability led him to teach these five subjects as an adjunct instructor at Triton College.

 “We are pleased to have someone of John’s caliber join our team of experts,” President David R. Frank said. “His experience will be integral in guiding our next generation of leaders to ensure our future success.”