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DSLD Land Management is a full service design/build landscape contractor firm located in Birmingham, AL.
Pursuing his life-long interest in horticulture and business, coupled with a background in drainage and soil erosion, David Sharp was inspired to create the ideal landscape construction company specializing in residential design and installation. This inspiration is now DSLD Land Management Company, Inc., a full service design/build landscape
contractor firm located in Birmingham, Alabama, founded in 1983.
Upon graduation from high school David studied Geotechnical Engineering at the Ohio State University. During his studies at OSU, he participated in a work-study program, which led him to Evanston, Wyoming to work at a gasification plant as a QC Engineer with Cooper and Clark Engineering and later spent two years working back and forth from Washington D.C. to Columbus, Ohio while he was employed at CTL Engineering. While a student at OSU David was offered and accepted a scholarship to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. David graduated from Samford University with a degree in Business Administration and a full-time position with Ground Engineering Company.
Soon after graduating David became interested in applying his background in Geotechnical Engineering and Business Administration to a new course of study in Ornamental Horticulture. After returning to school and obtaining the requisite education in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design, DSLD Land Management was launched.
Over the years David has been a speaker at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Public Library’s Lecture Series, and at various garden clubs throughout the Birmingham area. In addition to learning from the environment around him, David has developed a more thorough understanding of various cultural landscape design applications from his travels throughout Europe and Asia visiting gardens and landscapes in over 20 countries.
David firmly believes in the value of family. Not only does he enjoy his family, but also works to improve the lives of families with at risk children. David enjoys coaching soccer and sits on two National BOD’s where he volunteers on behalf of foster and adopted children across the country.
Zach has grown up learning the family business from the ground up. Upon graduating high school, Zach received the Millennium scholarship to Troy University where he studied Biomedical Science for two years. After deciding that the family business is where his passion lies, he transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Zach has been studying for several industry wide certification exams, which recently paid off as he became a State Licensed Landscape Designer. Zach looks forward to acquiring the Municipal and Utility General Contractors License in 2021.
Christopher T. Latham P.E.
Chris graduated from the University of Alabama in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and has held his Professional Engineering License in Alabama since 2004. He has over 25 years of experience in construction and design, with emphasis on site work, Chris has a passion for practical and functional project design and management. Chris grew up in Tuscaloosa and has been involved with a wide variety of projects all over the state of Alabama. Some of his proudest accomplishments are his involvement with design and construction of the Tuscaloosa’s Warrior Riverwalk and Shelby Park. He is also the Engineer-of-Record for the North End Zone Plaza of Bryant-Denny Stadium.
When away from work, Chris loves to spend time in activities with his three sons and he enjoys playing golf and rock climbing.
Stephen is DSLD’s senior landscape architect and design team member. Stephen graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and has since been designing and providing oversight on landscape projects throughout the Southeast. He has proven himself to be a great asset to DSLD’s service-oriented team. His expertise allows him to serve in all facets of the business.
Growing up alongside his father, Cole Sharp learned the family business from the ground up. Sharp attended Jefferson State Community College, where he took horticulture courses together with computer info systems to enhance his knowledge of the family business. Today, Cole is fully engaged in the day-to-day operations of DSLD from sales to installation, as well as providing technical support for the company. Cole resides in Birmingham with his wife Amy and son’s, Milo and Jack. His spare time is spent in the woods driving his ATV machine and playing soccer.
Austin has been with DSLD for over two years. He started his career at DSLD as an intern where he was exposed to every facet of the companies many service offerings and came on full time after completing his degree. In 2019 he graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Through his time at DSLD, Austin has also become a state licensed landscape designer, a licensed residential home builder and a licensed general contractor.
DSLD’s Sales Manager Hope Brown is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. With an extensive background in the Horticulture Industry and customer service, Hope is passionate about the company mission of bringing quality and value to Alabama’s fine residences.
Kelly has a degree in graphic design, as well as 20 years experience in the field. She is detail-oriented with a love for organizing and looking forward to applying her talents at DSLD.
Angel graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelors of Science degree. She is recently married and likes to spend time with her dog, Asher, in her free time.
Amy joined the DSLD team as an office assistant. She loves being a part of the family-owned business and lending her organizational skills to keep the business running smoothly. “I love the team mentality that David has integrated into everyday office work,” she said. “When you are working toward a common goal, it gives purpose and life to the task at hand. Also, having been in business for over 30 years and having established themselves as leaders in the land management and landscape design community, it’s inspiring to see what has already been accomplished and leaves me motivated to find ways to leave my footprint and invest in such an inspiring company.”
Helen has worked side by side with David for the past twenty-five years and every fascet of the company’s business.
Aubrey recently graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Science. She takes pleasure in improving someones day, so she is looking forward to using her customer service skills at DSLD. She also recently acquired her Landscape Design license and is interested in learning more about the design side of the business.
Riley graduated from The University of South Florida in 2018 with a degree in marine biology. While studying, he worked as a research assistant where he studied various ecosystems along Florida’s gulf coast. After graduating, Riley became a biologist at The Florida Aquarium and has recently been brought on as the new aqua culture and fisheries expert.
Justin specializes in welding/fabrication. He holds an Associates degree in Applied Sciences with a major in Welding Technology from Jefferson State. Justin has lived and worked in the greater Birmingham area for over 15 years.
Miles is a State Licensed Landscape Designer and a Project Manager in the residential landscape division.