Brad Stephenson has spent more than 25 years in the green industry that he loves. A graduate of the Berks Career and Technology Center’s (BCTC) Horticulture program, earning the Outstanding Horticulture Award, an honor he proudly displays in his office to this day. Upon graduation, Brad worked among leaders in the lawn & landscaping industry to hone his management skills before joining New Castle in 2005. In 2014, he earned the position of partner, and now is co-owner and general manager. Brad’s passion lies in building teams of great people and in challenging individuals to grow. He believes in working smarter, not harder, and has made valuable IT and software integrations that have assisted New Castle Lawn & Landscape in identifying areas of shortfalls and implemented change improving the company’s bottom line. He is also responsible for implementing a mentorship program helping local high school juniors and seniors to explore landscaping careers; founded “Positively Led,” an online Facebook community focused on positive leadership collaboration and an information exchange; and also acts as a consultant assisting business owners and executives to build leadership teams through time-tested strategies, personal and professional coaching, allowing them to take ownership of company operations. Outside of company operations Brad is passionate about giving back. He’s an active volunteer with Helping Harvest Food Pantry and at New Castle, he developed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Berks.