Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardApes, Inc. in 1990 and holds the title of president. He hails from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 27 years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from UCONN, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, holds a Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide License and is a Certified Landscape Designer.
He is also the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) PR committee chair, a CNLA committee member, and founding member of the Connecticut LICT committee on training & testing. Shayne serves on the boards of Community Culinary School of Northwestern CT, Village Center for the Arts, and The Pratt Nature Center.
Always involved in the community, Shayne created and hosts the YardApes Quad-Am Golf Classic, raising $ 38,000 for area nonprofits since 2006. Additionally, YardApes has participated in PLANET’s Day of Service since its inception, volunteering time and materials to revitalize civic venues including The Creative Playground, The Pratt Nature Center, Harrybrooke Park, Sullivan Farm, the Brookfield Public Library, and the New Milford Historical Society.
Shayne was featured on FOX News for his participation in Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops, the cover of the January 2007 issue of Lawn & Landscape Magazine for his business innovations, and Total Landscape Care as 2011′s Landscaper of the Year finalist.
The Connecticut affiliate of the American Psychological Association honored Shayne with two of its five 2008 Psychologically Healthy Work Place Awards: Employee Growth and Development and Employee Recognition. He received awards alongside Pratt & Whitney and Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp. Most recently YardApes received The New Milford Chamber of Commerce’s Best Big Business Award for 2011.
He enjoys time with his wife, Jennifer and his three daughters, Liliana, Marlee and Ava. You can find him playing on the YardApes softball team, the YardApes basketball team, skiing, or hacking up the golf course.