Gothic Landscape announced that Roger Zino, currently vice chairman of the company and veteran of the landscape business, has been named the CEO of Gothic Landscape. Jon Georgio, Gothic’s current CEO, will remain chairman of the board, and will continue to be active in his areas of greatest passion.
“Roger’s increasing involvement in our company has confirmed and further energized us all to the fabulous growth opportunities we have in front of us,” said Georgio. “His experience in scaling service businesses, combined with his genuine passion for the landscape profession, comes at the perfect time in our company’s evolution.”
“I am deeply honored the Georgio family has entrusted me with the responsibility of continuing the company’s family legacy as the first non-family CEO,” Zino said. “In working closely with the company over the past 18 months I have been equally impressed with all it has accomplished, as well as the unique potential it has in the coming years to expand its distinctive mark on the industry. The family’s willingness to continue to invest in its future and expand its vision of the company’s leadership, speaks to the multi-generational view the family has of its commitment to this business.”
Ron Georgio, the founder of Gothic’s maintenance division, will assume the role of vice chairman, serving in a key governance and special project capacity. Nada Duna will continue in her role as chief operating officer of the maintenance division.
Zino served as president of ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, CEO of ValleyCrest Companies and as vice chairman of Brightview during the company’s integration. Prior to ValleyCrest, he was a partner at McKinsey & Co. and served a range of diversified businesses.
Zino has a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting/computer science from Georgetown University, an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and is currently a candidate for his Certificate in Horticulture from UCLA Extension in June 2021. His leadership style is known for its deep connection to the skilled front-line landscape professional and for using a Socratic process to support his relentless drive to learn more each and every day he works, and to create an active teaching/learning environment for the continued professional development of all employees.