Meet Our Team

Justin Cotton

Operations Manager / Partner

jcotton@peachtreelandscape.com


Justin is one of this world’s good guys, with strong helpings of creativity, fun, and basketball fanaticism (for his alma mater, the Kentucky Wildcats) thrown in for good measure.  He once dreamed of becoming an NBA star—no doubt hoping to first play college ball at Kentucky.  As that dream faded, another took its place.  He worked for a small landscape company in high school and learned that he had a love for landscape architecture. 

Today, he enjoys speaking with customers and gaining a feel for the outside environment they want to surround themselves with.  He turns their visions into reality, creating spaces that bring joy and refreshment.  This is his favorite aspect of his job.  It’s an added bonus that he gets to do this in the exciting city of Nashville.

Justin is married to Halie; the two of them whip up some of the best meals in Nashville.  (Really!)  Two dogs round out their current family.  Justin likes to paint, and he also volunteers in the children’s ministry at his church.  On the more adventurous side, he bikes on mountain trails, has been skydiving, and plans to soon fly a plane.  But he probably won’t be flying during a Kentucky basketball game.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Landscape Architecture Degree – University of Kentucky
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • US Green Building Council
  • Certified SRW Installer

Paul Thornton

Sales Business Development / Partner

pthornton@peachtreelandscape.com


Paul grew up in the Okefenokee Swamp of SE Georgia.  It was a place of poverty, and his aspiration was simply to one day be a successful businessman.  The swamp was also a fragile ecosystem, and a place of great beauty and mystery.  Paul’s interest in plant life, and an eventual degree in ornamental horticulture, were surely inspired by living in such a verdant world.

Beyond the swamp, the Georgia Bulldogs have been huge in Paul’s life.  (And by huge, I mean really, really gargantuan.)  For 15 years straight, he attended every home football game, and most of the away ones, too!  These days, he’s farther from Athens, so he mostly watches on TV.  He’s not sorry to be in Nashville, though.  Besides all of its well-known attractions, he says Nashville has the kindest people he’s ever met.

He and his wife, Jennifer, recently purchased a farm outside town.  Developing their land—and especially the gardens—has been great fun for them.  They have a variety of projects in the works.  Their 14-year-old son (their 21-year-old daughter is in college) and a “lazy, loving” cat also live on the farm. 

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Degree in Ornamental Horticulture & Golf Turf Management – Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Nic Mcilroy

Account Manager

nmcilroy@peachtreelandscape.com


Nic is drawn by the vastness and variety of our world.  He’s been to all of the states west of the Mississippi, and most of those on the east coast.  International travel is his next goal, and he’s got a unique first stop in mind—his fiancé’s home country of Myanmar.  Balancing history and nature is one of his goals.  His fondness for museums makes travel extra-rewarding.

Nic is also fond of gardening.  This winter, he and his fiancé, Esther, grew crops like kale and spinach in a cold frame/hoop house.  Because the soil at their place is uncooperative, they’ve prepared raised beds for spring vegetables.  If you begin to suspect a horticulture degree, you are correct.  Nic got it in South Dakota, which is one of the five states he lived in before coming to Tennessee.  (The others are Colorado, California, Iowa and Arkansas.)  He is impressed by the balance of natural and urban spaces here in the Nashville area.

Nic enjoys getting to know people and problem-solving.  He strives to enhance lives by bettering the outside spaces in which we spend so many of our hours.

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Horticulture Degree – Southeast Technical Institute

Rob Daugherty

Account Manager

rdaugherty@peachtreelandscape.com


Not many of us grow up to become the thing we dreamed of when we were small.  Rob is one of the few.  He wanted to be a Marine.  After high school, he completed the famously tough Marine Corps boot camp.  Then 9/11 happened; and for years, he saw very little of the States.  As a participant in Operation Enduring Freedom, he visited more than twenty far-off countries—countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe—although, for the most part, he was stationed in Bahrain and Sicily.  Rob particularly liked Bahrain.  He says it’s the most interesting country he’s been to.   

After the Marines, Rob earned a marketing and business administration degree.  He married Becky, and by now they have three kids—Gavin, Eli, and little Natalie.  They also have an Australian cattle dog, named Gunner in honor of Rob’s commanding officer in the Marine Corps.  Rob is an involved dad.  He’s both a Little League coach and a Boy Scout den leader.  

He’s long been partial to the great outdoors.  He grew up on a farm, where they ran cattle and had an apple orchard.  Today, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping.  He also enjoys making properties delightful places for others.  

Educational & Professional Credentials:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing – Middle Tennessee State
  • Honorably Discharged Veteran – United States Marine Corps
  • Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal – Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Commercial Certified Applicator – State of Tennessee

Randy Gillespie

Mechanic


Randy is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been a mechanic for landscaping companies for ten years. When asked his favorite part of working for PeachTree, Randy shared, “You are left alone to do the job you were hired for and the people are outstanding to work with!”

Randy has three grown children. In his free time, he enjoys doing odd jobs around the house, spending times with family and friends, and going fishing.

Daniel Stagg

Regional Vice President South East


Daniel began working, weekends and summers, while he was still a kid in middle school. He wasn’t tossing newspapers, either; he was working cattle,  farming, felling trees, building fences, and doing other similarly challenging tasks. He was well-prepared for hard work when he reached the “real world.” Daniel (who grew up wanting to be a forest ranger) has always preferred being outside. He’s been in the landscape industry since college. His experience in the industry, his great integrity, and his easy, skilled way of dealing with others, have made him an invaluable leader.  Daniel is an avid outdoorsman and a proud husband.  He is involved with his church, and quick to give a helping hand where it’s needed.  Like many a good, native Floridian, Daniel spends fall Saturdays watching college football and yelling for the Gators.