About Us

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Maas Verde aspires to lead the landscape and construction industry into an ecologically-conscious paradigm. Our highest priority is to deliver functional landscapes that meet each client’s unique needs.

We focus on implementing native plant communities and green infrastructure to create biodiverse, sustainable landscapes at all scales. We apply ecological principles to all aspects of our work — from planting plans to hardscaping to rain garden construction and even steel fabrication.

Maas Verde was founded in Central Texas, by Texans, in 2015. We remain committed to our mission of enriching our local environment at its core. We believe in continually evaluating our techniques and impact as we seek to support long-term security of resources like clean drinking water and pollinated foods. 

Our Team

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Ted Maas

President & Founder

Ted guides Maas Verde based on a calculated passion for the fundamentals of nature. A Master Naturalist and licensed Landscape Irrigator, Ted earned two degrees from Oregon State University in 2014 — one in Natural Resource Management (conservation focus), and one in Sustainability (fisheries and wildlife minor). As a volunteer, he has led multiple nature hikes and backcountry ski trips, and participated in wildlife studies. But he found his calling in landscape restoration, and now leads Maas Verde's operations daily. While he's not working, Ted loves seeing live music and going on long walks with his black lab, Pondo.

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Andy Maas 

Office Manager

After earning a Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado, Andy began his career in corporate America. During eight years with a large company, he gained valuable experience in accounting, finance, capital projects, budgeting/forecasting, logistics, contracts, and negotiation. Looking for a change of scenery (or landscape), he jumped at the opportunity to join Maas Verde and help grow the family business. Andy enjoys traveling around Texas hunting, fishing, and spending time outside with his wife and two daughters.

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Molly Pikarsky

Business Development & Nursery Operations

Molly grew up in the mountains of Colorado, where her connection with nature began. She now loves cultivating that connection for others through projects like natural playgrounds. A soil science and microbiology nerd, she can often be found in a greenhouse with her hand-held microscope or water testing kit. She believes in data-driven decisions and looking at the big picture in planning and design. Molly is an ISA Certified Arborist, a Master Certified Nursery Professional, and an OHBA member. True to her Gen-X self, she loves Muppets, roller skating, Star Wars, and marching to her own beat.

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Nadia Losonsky

Business Development, Maintenance Operations

Nadia made the pivot from performing artist to plant person in her early 30s after discovering the unmatched satisfaction of growing her own food in the PNW. From late 2016 to 2019 she traveled between India, Austria, and the Western U.S., where she earned her Permaculture Design Certificate while volunteering on homesteads and farms. Through these experiences, she learned how to observe, analyze, and work with natural resources — rather than climate-envying. Upon landing in central Texas, she dove into fine gardening maintenance. Nadia’s work emphasizes non-chemical practices and plant palettes of native trees and perennials.

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Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Crew Superintendent

Juan comes to Maas Verde from an eleven-year career in aviation. He transitioned careers in response to COVID shutdowns, leveraging his personal interest in construction. Juan earned Total Resource Management (TRM) and first aid training in his aviation days and uses TRM daily in his leadership role at Maas Verde. Juan grew up in Quito, Ecuador, playing as much soccer as he could. He still holds a private pilot’s license, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters in Austin.

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Kirk Naar

Crew Superintendent

Kirk holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (business minor) from Texas A&M. During college, he worked in landscape maintenance, which he later parlayed into a career. Kirk plans to pursue a Construction Science undergraduate degree, an Arborist’s license, and ongoing welding courses. At Maas Verde, he most values “working with great people and bringing future enjoyment to all our clients.” Kirk went to high school in Shanghai, China, but now calls Austin home, where he loves to spend time at Lady Bird Lake.

Rojelio Jaimes

Maintenance Superintendent

Rojelio joins Maas Verde after a previous career in rope-access demolition. While using jackhammers and other heavy equipment to tear down aging bridges and buildings throughout Texas, Rojelio developed strong attention to detail and OSHA-certified safety training. He now applies those same skills as the leader of Maas Verde's landscape maintenance division. Rojelio was born and raised in Austin, where he now raises his own young children — and babies his 2014 Chevy Camaro.