MEET YOUR TEAM
Discover the potential of your yard with an outdoor living space that extends the boundaries of your home. We partner with our clients to design, build and install landscapes, hardscapes, water features and more that invite your family to enjoy the outdoors all year.
(Yes, even in New England.)
Our team includes experienced landscapers and skilled masons who bring your vision to life through careful communication, seamless execution and the highest standards of professionalism.
Founder & President
Mike is a Watertown, MA native, graduating from Arlington Catholic High School in 2000 and going on to attend UMass-Boston for Business Administration and History. He founded Wollaston Development, a full-service landscape construction company, in 2011, as the next generation of his lawn maintenance company, Grassmasters Landscaping of Belmont, MA. Prior to that, Mike worked in his family landscaping business for many years before launching his own company and has spent years delivering a tailored client experience.
With over 25+ years of industry experience, Mike has developed meaningful professional and personal relationships with many vendors and industry peers across the region and is constantly seeking innovation to deliver premier customer service and improve Wollaston Development's company culture.
Mike and his wife, Meredith, and their children reside in Medford, MA and are active in their local community.
Owner & CFO
Meredith is a Quincy, MA native and earned a BS in International Business with concentrations in Finance and Spanish from Northeastern University. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Boston College and the CFA charter. She is fluent in Spanish.
She began working with Mike on the transition of Grassmasters Landscaping to Wollaston Development in 2010. With a background in finance, Meredith leads the back office effort and strategic planning for the company.
In her free time, Meredith enjoys spending time with her family and visiting Cape Cod.
Director of Operations/Landscape
Maintenance & Installation
Joey was born and raised in Burlington, VT. He began working in the landscape and construction trades at age 16. After graduating high school he moved to Denver, CO where he continued working in construction at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, a 15,000 acre site that was used during WWII, which Joey helped restore as a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. Joey went on to become a Firefighter/EMT in New Hampshire for five years, during which he continued working in the landscape field. He eventually realized that he enjoyed landscaping more, and went to work for a large national company for seven years where he focused on commercial plant installation, irrigation and snow removal.
Over the years Joey has taken classes in landscape design and layout, irrigation design, equipment operation, snow/ice management, and equipment hauling.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Alison, and their children, golfing, fishing, snowboarding, boating, snowmobiling, and hunting.
Bilingual Quality Control & Productivity Engineer
Patricia Franco is an Industrial Engineer who graduated from Instituto Tecnologico de la Laguna in Torreon, Coahuila Mexico. Her role at Wollaston Development is to improve organization promote company culture. Additionally, her fluency in Spanish helps the multi-cultural team feel more connected to one another and the leadership team.
Prior to working at Wollaston Development, Patricia spent one year as an engineer in Autosistemas de Torreon, helping to improve productivity, organization and making changes to develop the plants and increase productivity numbers. For six years Patricia was the main engineer of production of chemical products at a large chemical company where she assisted in multiple departments.
Director of Operations/Hardscape Masonry
Hailing from Newbury, MA, Joe is a twenty-year veteran
of the Landscape Construction industry and has spent most of his career as a heavy equipment operator and construction supervisor. Joe owned his own hardscape
and masonry construction company for nine years and
has broad industry experience from site supervision, excavation, utility work to machine operation. With expertise in construction planning, all the way through
to the finished product, he delivers customer value throughout the landscape construction process. He also has extensive experience in snow plowing and removal.
Joe holds a number of professional certifications, including his Ma. 2a 1C Hoisting License, as well as both NCMA and ICPI certifications.
Outside of work, Joe enjoys spending time with his wife, Katelyn, and their son and daughter. Joe enjoys coaching his son’s football team and playing the drums.
Assistant Landscape Maintenance / Equipment Maintenance Director
As the newest member, Zachary joined the team in April 2021. An Arlington, MA native and graduate of Arlington High, Zack went on to earn his BA in business at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Zachary come to Wollaston Development, with several years experience as a licensed mechanic. As a veteran of the US Marine Corp. Zachary learned the importance of leadership in developing a strong team - a skill he demonstrates with his crews.
Zachary’s past experience along with his flexibility and quick learning has allowed him to shift and handle many different responsibilities including driving heavy equipment, learning irrigation, masonry and all aspects of landscaping.
Outside of work, Zachary’s greatest interest is car racing and rebuilding his vintage car. He loves spending time with his family and his beloved German Shepherd.
JUAN ESTEBAN VILLAMIL
Assistant Hardscape Masonry
Juan hails from Colombia where he graduated as a chef and joined the team in June 2020. With years of construction and masonry experience, Juan started working with Wollaston Development due to his interest in the field which he got from his father. As a chef Juan learned the importance of leadership and teamwork.
Juan’s past experience along with his flexibility and quick learning has allowed him to shift and handle many different responsibilities at Wollaston Development including learning project management, masonry and all aspects of construction. Outside of work, Juan’s favorite interest is riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family.