Edward Anewalt, IV, President
There is no doubt that Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting has grown to its extensive size and network of loyal residential and commercial clients through Eddie’s supervision, work ethic, and guidance.
Eddie is both our President and Founder. His career in landscaping has its roots in ten-year-old Eddie’s responsibility for cutting his grandparents’ lawn, a business that blossomed to include maintaining neighbors’ properties too.
The inspiration, coaching, and support given by Eddie’s grandfather, Edward F. Anewalt, Jr., helped the young business owner navigate the journey to open Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting in 1988.
With its humble beginnings in his parents’ barn on Route 183, Eddie continued to expand his business while he attended Penn State Berks to earn his degree in Landscape Contracting, a goal he and his wife, Lori, considered a vital aspect of Anewalt’s. Eddie graduated with his Bachelor of Science degree in 1998, despite multiple two-hour commutes every week to Penn State’s main campus, supported by Lori’s ongoing encouragement as a fellow Penn State graduate.
Eddie and Lori purchased Anewalt’s location in Bernville, the previous Delong’s Garden Center, to accommodate the growing business and consolidated their two locations into one in 2003.
Although Eddie loves landscaping, he enjoys spending family time with Lori and their children, Lucia and Cisco, whether they are hiking, traveling, or skiing together. And for something completely different, Eddie continues his passion as an avid motocross racer, competing in District 6 races.
Lori Anewalt, Vice President
“Whatever you work at, do it with all your heart as if working for God and not man,” is an inspiration for Lori as we know she puts her heart into every hour of her days.
Lori and Eddie Anewalt were married on Groundhog Day in 1996, and Lori grew her love of landscaping during their early years together by joining Eddie and his crew cutting grass, plowing snow, building decks, and maintaining properties.
No stranger to the outdoors and business ownership, Lori’s business skills, work ethics, and love of plants stem from her family, the owners and operators of Clover Hill Winery.
A Spanish teacher by trade, Lori spent two decades teaching Spanish in Berks County Schools and she remains passionate about the Spanish language during her days with Team Anewalt’s.
Lori’s work at Anewalt’s continued to evolve as her strong people skills, expertise in Spanish-English translation, and the team spirit inspired by her upbringing led her to take on roles in public relations, human resources, financial oversite, and customer outreach with her Anewalt’s team.
A lover of winter weather, Lori enjoys snow skiing and ice skating, and any time spent with Eddie and their bilingual children, Lucia and Cisco.
Angela McCloy, Administrative Manager
Angie is inspired by the perfect thought for a landscape business, revolving around the beauty in every season. “Even if it’s not where you want to be,” she says, “every season serves a purpose.”
Joining the Anewalt’s team in 2013 brought Angie a wide range of responsibilities which include payroll, budgets, and accounts payable and receivable. Her detail-oriented nature combined with her desire to help anywhere she can and always learn new things have given her valuable skills for success.
As a 2002 Penn State graduate with her B.S. in Business, Angie is proud of all she has accomplished at Anewalt’s.
An Exeter resident, Angie loves to spend her time outdoors with her husband, Ryan, Son, Cayan, and daughter, Samantha, as well as with the family’s various pets.
Angie is an avid animal lover and appreciates the little things in life. She understands the importance of believing in each stage of life’s journey.
Jeff Thompson (JT), Sales
Anewalt’s newest employee, JT, has an amazing 45 years in our industry across the United States, with experience in retail, wholesale, nursery production, and internet nursery sales.
As a long-time friend of Ed and Lori Anewalt, JT will be sharing his expertise with our valued customers as a member of our sales department. As excited as we are to have him join our team, JT is also looking forward to new adventures with the Anewalts.
Giving JT a solid foundation for his wealth of experience was his degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. This background also allows him to offer his valuable consultation services to the Reading Shade Tree Commission, an organization dedicated to the health and well-being of the trees that create the urban forest in the city.
Of course, JT loves to garden, but he also enjoys coin collecting, and gives back many volunteer hours to his community as a Township Supervisor.
Married for forty years, JT loves spending time with his family and is proud of his daughter who is attending law school at the University of New Hampshire.
And we can’t forget JT’s cat. He is the grateful owner of his daughter’s one-eyed rescue cat who enjoys waking JT every morning to enjoy every sunrise. What a beautiful start to the day.
Drew Gilbert, Operation and Sales Manager
Closing one door and opening a new one led Drew to join the Anewalt’s team in 2022.
When his college graduation kickstarted his full-time landscape business, Drew met and built a relationship with Ed and Lori. Drew was inspired by the quality of Anewalt’s work and recommended potential clients to contract with Ed and Lori if the scope of work was too much for Drew’s small business to handle.
Although it was a difficult decision, everyone at Anewalt’s is grateful that Drew chose to close the doors on his own business and join Team Anewalt’s.
Drew’s career in landscaping began in 2009, shortly after his 2008 graduation from Antietam High School. His own landscape business was born in 2013, but he spent the years in-between earning his Athletic Training degree from Alvernia, which he followed with an MBA in 2014.
With his strong work ethics and perseverance leading the way, along with the support of his family, friends, and girlfriend, Drew did a complete renovation of his grandparents’ house which he purchased in 2017. The passion for the project culminated in 2020 when he officially moved to his new home.
Although Drew is a big fan of all the Philly teams and Penn State football, he also brings his passion for building things to Anewalt’s where he achieves great satisfaction for building Team Anewalt’s by completing each job with excellence.
Ruth Gavin, Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Ruth loves the bible verse, Philippians 4:13,” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” and carries that thought through her workdays, always asking the team if anyone needs help before she works on her own tasks for the day.
A valued member of Team Anewalt since 2013, Ruth met Lori Anewalt years earlier when Lori taught Ruth’s three daughters at Sacred Heart School. Ruth began part-time in our office, working a day a week, mainly assisting with filing. Along the way, Ruth showed her ability to thrive on our team, learning new skills and eventually moving into her full-time position answering phones, preparing estimates, inputting important computer data, and completing a multitude of other tasks around the office.
In her free time, Ruth loves to read and assemble large puzzles, but more than anything, she is passionate about spending time with her family and three grandchildren, a grandson and one-year old twins.
Ruth’s focus on teamwork and excellence makes the Anewalt’s reception area a welcoming place for everyone.
Brittney Hadden, Assistant to the VP
Anewalt’s new employee, Brittney, is excited to be working in the uplifting and positive environment that Team Anewalt’s brings to the workplace.
Before beginning her career at Anewalt’s, Brittney was both a restaurant manager for eight years and her township’s tax collector for four years. The two positions led Brittney to expand her communication skills and develop relationships with people on all walks of life.
Giving back to her community as the PTO president at her son’s school is a responsibility Brittney undertakes outside of Anewalt’s and she truly enjoys supporting both the school and staff as a vital part of her children’s development.
Brittney has four children; Owen, Parker, Natalie, and baby Quinton who passed away in 2021. Big Disney fans, she and her husband, Christopher, love taking trips to Disney World, a favorite place for the family to get away and reconnect with each other.
Brittney continues the spirit of teamwork she shows at Anewalt’s by giving back with volunteer hours alongside her children at PTO events around her community.
Top Banner Photo: Gate designed and fabricated by Greg Leavitt.