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An industry leader in full service commercial and residential landscaping.
Since John Munie founded Focal Pointe Outdoor Solutions in 1998, the firm has evolved to become an industry leader in full service commercial and residential landscaping. Focal Pointe’s growth and success starts with the Vision, Values, and Professionalism instilled by Mr. Munie, and executed by their committed professionals.
Our mission is to be an innovative, professional landscaping company dedicated to providing a uniquely positive experience for those we serve.
By achieving this mission, we will add quality to the lives of our clients, colleagues, families and the community.
We love Plants.
Our dedicated team is one of the most technically-skilled in the St. Louis area. We have made it our mission to hire the best and the brightest in the horticulture industry, which puts us at a distinct advantage. Focal Pointe staff hold degrees in agronomy, urban forestry, and more, and this deep knowledge allows us to serve our clients in the most value-oriented manner possible.
We love People.
Our approach toward long term value and mutually beneficial relationships is not exclusive to our clients; we take a similar approach with our team members. Focal Pointe is a team of winners. We think big and enjoy the challenge of pursuing our potential. Together, we make up an organization that prides itself on honesty, integrity and service to our customers. Whether employment with us is the result of short term needs or long term ambitions, employees grow with us.
Where we came from and where we’re going.
I grew up on a small farm adjacent to a golf course and had heard stories of my older siblings selling lemonade to the golfers. After reaching the ripe age of 10, I decided it was time to make it big in lemonade. Mom helped me make the (not so tricky) three-part recipe, I loaded up, and my dogs and I were off to green #3. That walk was full of big dreams. I thought about what kind of bike I would buy with all of the profits, maybe a go-cart, or what about a new clubhouse? I wasn’t short on big ideas; my dogs even seemed excited. Thanks to the Course Marshall, my idea of being a lemonade tycoon was somewhat short-lived…but there was something unique about my excitement.
In 1998, I started another “lemonade stand” in the grounds maintenance industry. Although I wasn’t as starry-eyed this go-around, I did hope to do something special. I wanted to build a business driven by quality people who had a passion for the industry and could see our organization through the eyes of the customer. If they love what they do, and they know why we’ve been hired, it will show in their work.
Our future is bright. We’re humbled by the esteem and loyalty of our customer base, and we enjoy low employee turnover; we have become a trusted brand.
The excitement I felt at the start of my business career is no longer exclusive to me and my dogs. Now, we have a team of more than 150 dedicated employees who are inspired every day to make the best “lemonade” available in an effort to improve the lives of our clients, our families, and our community.
John E. Munie, Founder and President
(Picture above is John at age 6)
John E. Munie
Before John founded Focal Pointe in 1998, he spent years working in family businesses and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois State University. Even at young age, John was fascinated by how brands connect and identify with their customers – a concept he felt was largely overlooked in the landscape industry. Since our beginning, John has been committed to building a humble service organization that is built around the client experience. Under this philosophy and John’s ongoing leadership, Focal Pointe has grown into an industry leader and cares for many of the most prestigious properties in the Midwest. In addition to raising their four children, John and his wife Molly, Co-Chair the annual Focal Pointe Charity Golf Tournament, which raises money for local families in need.
In 1996, Adam graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. He has the distinction of being one of Focal Pointe’s first employees, working part-time for the firm in 1998 and 1999. In 2008, after retiring from professional baseball, Adam rejoined Focal Pointe as Partnership Executive. In this role, Adam locates potential clients (partners) and communicates with existing clients to ensure their complete satisfaction. Giving back to the community, Adam stays true to his baseball roots by coaching and providing instruction to local youth.
Lisa started at Focal Pointe in 2008 in a part-time office position and quickly earned the respect of her peers for her diligent work ethic and professionalism. As a former Office Manager at a St. Louis law firm, Lisa was tasked with overseeing all administrative functions in a fast-paced environment. Those skills and continued drive have been critical factors in supporting Focal Pointe's rapid growth. In her role as Director of Business Administration, Lisa serves as Executive Assistant and directs the efforts of our Finance, IT and Human Resource functions. In her free time, Lisa and her husband enjoy traveling and spending time with family.
Brian Brueggemann joined the Focal Pointe team in 2016. Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and has been working in the St. Louis landscape market for more than 30 years. Over his career, Brian has been exposed to many aspects of the industry, including the wholesale nursery business, botanical garden maintenance, design-build installation, grounds management, and tree removal services. With expertise in both commercial and residential landscaping, Brian embodies Focal Pointe’s vision of understanding our clients’ needs and delivering above their expectations.
Brian holds an Associate Degree in Horticulture from the College of DuPage (1998) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Governors State University (2004). With a landscape career dating back to 1994 as a summer laborer, Brian rose through the ranks of a Chicago-based landscape company, eventually becoming a partner and overseeing more than $6 million in landscape construction work annually. Seeing an opportunity to be closer to family, Brian joined the Focal Pointe team in March 2015.
As Director of Talent and Team Development, Sandra leads all aspects of Focal Pointe's talent development, management, hiring and recruiting. She also works with management to retain qualified employees through competitive compensation, benefit plans, and ongoing training. A graduate of Lindenwood University with a degree in Human Resource Management, Sandra joined Focal Pointe in 2018 with more than six years of experience in HR. She works with management to advance existing team members with training and compensation. In her spare time, Sandra enjoys volunteering in her community.
We think big and enjoy the challenge of pursuing our potential.