Entrepreneurial success stories strike a chord with most Americans and remind us of the unique opportunities we have compared to people in other areas of the world. Rock Hard Landscape Supply’s story is a classic story of the culmination of passionate hard work and dedication. Brian Feist started his landscaping company as a lawn mowing business during his middle school years. Over the next fifteen years, he grew it from a lawn mowing service company to a landscape installation company. In 2008, he and wife Andrea opened their first landscape supply yard and the business shifted from installation to supply.
In 2010, they expanded and moved the main location to Burnsville, but they still operate the Jordan location seasonally. With the help of knowledgeable, dedicated staff members, Rock Hard Landscape Supply has grown to be a premier hardscape supply yard in the Minneapolis area. We take pride in our quality landscape products and the excellent customer service we offer our customers. Our goal is to make sure our service to our customers is better than the service customers get at other landscape supply companies.
Brian began his career mowing lawns in middle school. He continued to grow his business after graduating from Burnsville High School in 1996, and he founded Brian’s Lawn and Landscaping, Inc. in 1998. He found his niche building boulder walls and later began selling boulders and other stone to landscape contractors. The business began to transition to hardscape supply, and he founded Rock Hard Landscape Supply in 2005. Brian’s role has changed and evolved with the growth of the company, and today Brian spends most days grinding wood to produce mulch. In his spare time, Brian enjoys collecting farm toys, attending tractor pulls, thresher shows, and spending time with family.
Andrea grew up in Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Math Education. She taught two years in CO before moving to Minnesota and marrying Brian. Andrea balanced teaching, coaching, and working at Rock Hard until 2010 when she left teaching to work full-time in the business managing most of the office work. Andrea spends her spare time with their children, Weston (5) and Carolyn (3). She also enjoys gardening, hiking, volleyball, and riding horse.
Rob Kirk has been a sales rep with Rock Hard Landscape Supply since the opening of the Jordan location in 2009. He grew up and graduated high school in International Falls where he met and later married his high school sweetheart Deb. They will celebrate 30 years of marriage in 2016 and have two sons, Austin and Cameron. After completing high school, Rob, his brother in law, and a close friend started a utility construction company in Colorado Springs, CO. The company installed water, electrical, sewer and drainage systems. Rob left the company to pursue a professional degree at Arizona State University. After completing his degree in International Finance, Rob began a career with The Home Depot. He worked across the country as the company grew from 100 to over 2000 stores, and he retired from the company in 1997. In 1999 Rob began a new career in the landscape supply industry with a new company in Farmington, MN. For the next 10 years, he managed two different local supply stores and then joined the sales team at Rock Hard Landscape Supply.
After being involved with both the hardscape and softscape sides of the industry for over 20 years, Rob takes great pride in building and maintaining his relationships with past, present and future customers. Rob strives to be a resource for all aspects of his customers’ business helping them grow and be successful. In his time away from work, Rob enjoys boating, fishing, snowmobiling and adventures with his family.
Ryan grew up in the construction industry. He started doing carpentry when he was old enough to hold the end of a board while working alongside his father. Ryan spent over 15 years as a full-time carpenter and still spends many nights and weekends with a hammer in his hand. Growing up, Ryan worked summer jobs as a laborer for a greenhouse, landscape company, and hardscape installation company.
Ryan has been in sale hardscape supply sales for eleven years and has spent the last seven years at Rock Hard. Ryan specializes in building relationships with contractors and offers vast on-site experience to help assist contractors with estimating and problem solving. Ryan does not fit the mold of the stereotypical sales person; he considers himself to be more of a foreman for his customers helping with all aspects of their landscape install companies. Ryan enjoys helping develop and grow small businesses, and the continuing relationships that result with existing long-term customers. Ryan is also great with assisting customers in the selection of materials in our yard and showroom.
Most of Ryan’s free time away from work is spent refinishing a Chris Craft wooden boat and fixing old cars and trucks. Otherwise Ryan can be found on the lake fishing, out camping, or hunting.
Ryan was born and raised in Minnesota, graduated from Burnsville High School, and went on to the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studied Business Management. Ryan worked in the Landscape and Construction Management industries and later made a move to California to pursue a career with a Concrete Paver producer. Ryan Spent 15 years in southern California in concrete manufacturing where he focused on Marketing, Advertising, Business and Sales Management. He made his way back to Minnesota a few years ago to spend more time with his family and to raise his 8 year old daughter. Ryan is an active member of the MNLA education committee and is working to increase Hardscape awareness in Minnesota. Ryan’s construction and management background is an addition to the Rock Hard Landscape team tailored towards improving business best practices and overall growth.
Krista was born and raised in the Savage/Burnsville area. Growing up, Krista was very active in the Burnsville Volleyball Program. Krista played volleyball for BAC for 4 years and Burnsville Thunder for 6 years. Eventually Krista went on to coach for Burnsville Thunder’s 14Us team her senior year of high school.
Krista went to college at Minnesota State University, Mankato from 2012-2017. She received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Recourses and minors in Business Law and Business Administration. During the Summer of 2016, Krista worked Saturdays at Rock Hard and learned the landscape industry while assisting customers. After graduation, Krista joined the Rock Hard team full-time assisting in sales, billing, and social media marketing.
In Krista’s free time, she is still very active in Volleyball. She plays on indoor teams in the winter, sand volleyball teams in the summer, and refs sand volleyball at Fitz’s Bars and Grill in Eagan during the summer. She also enjoys going up to the cabin and spending time with friends and family.
Zachary Newell grew up in Belle Plaine, MN. He is a student at Dunwoody College of Technology, and he will earn his Associates Degree in Construction Project Management in May 2018. Since joining the Rock Hard team in 2017 as a yard laborer, Zach has enjoyed his roles in the yard and now his position as a member of the sales team in the office. The yard offered some great educational experiences as well as developed some great customer relationships. Zach looks forward to growing with the sales position and our customers to provide the best customer experience possible. Outside of Rock Hard, Zach enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He also likes to do woodworking and other projects around their home and enjoys working for his step-dad’s construction company building decks and doing remodels.