About Rockhard Landscape Supply
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 & Andrea Feist - Owners
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 - Sales Rep
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 Freeborn - Sales Rep
I have grown up in the construction industry. I started doing carpentry when I was old enough to hold the end of a board working with my father. I spent over 15 years as a full time carpenter and still spend many nights and weekends with a hammer in my hand. I also worked summer jobs in middle school as a laborer for a greenhouse and landscape company and a couple years doing hardscape installation.
I have been on the sales side of the hardscape supply counter for 9 years and have spent the last five at Rock Hard. I specialize in the contractor supplier relationship and offer vast on-site experience to help assist contractors with estimating and problem solving. I do not fit the prototypical mold of a sales person. I consider myself to be more of a foreman for my customers helping with all aspects of their landscape install companies. I enjoy helping develop and grow small businesses, and the continuing relationships that result with existing customers. I also assist with customer selections in our yard and showroom.
Most of my free time away from work is spent refinishing a Chris Craft wooden boat and fixing old cars and trucks. Otherwise I can be found on the lake fishing or camping and hunting.
Adam Stier - Sales Rep
Adam started his career in landscaping at a young age. As a kid, he assisted his dad in doing all of the landscaping and renovations to their house, and in high school he spent summers working in landscaping and the greenhouse industry. Adam spent time serving in the military, and when he returned to civilian life he went back into the landscaping world and was a member of a landscaping crew for three summers. He entered the sales industry in 2014 for another local supplier.
Adam is a hands on salesman because of his experience in the installation side of the business. He can assist contractors in many ways including estimates, ideas, and he has a vast amount of product knowledge. He enjoys helping customers pick out products that will please them once their project is finished. He also has a little bit of design in his background which helps when assisting customers visualize what their backyard is going to look like. One of his favorite things is the relationships you build with customers and the friendliness that exists in the landscaping industry.
In his free time, Adam enjoys hunting, fishing, and going to the lake. He loves to spend time with family and go to visit relatives all around the metro. Adam is also a huge sports fan and loves going to sporting events year round.