Meet the Team

Our staff is a team of dedicated professionals here to create your dream outdoor environment

Dixie Speck

Dixie Speck

President and CEO / Landscape Designer

Plants and landscaping aren’t just a business for Dixie, but an obsession. Her passion led her to leave a career in the engineering field, move to Atlanta, receive training in landscape design and contracting, and start a landscaping business. Dixie says, “Sometimes your career brings you back to what you loved as a child. I remember the excitement of going to the store with my mom and picking out houseplants. I’ve always loved plants—I would notice the distinct textures and patterns of the leaves and blooms. I have also loved math from a very early age which led me into electrical engineering. With this skill and background, I enjoy finding ways to continually incorporate new technologies that help make our company standout from the rest.”

Sharing her expertise both in the community and within the landscape industry, Dixie is on the Board of Directors for the Urban Ag Council of Georgia, a contributor to the University of Georgia’s College of Ag and Environmental Sciences, has taught classes on landscape design for Emory University’s Continuing Education Program, and is regularly asked to speak at Garden Clubs and other industry events. She has appeared as a guest designer for several episodes of HGTV’s Landscape Solutions, for Good Day Atlanta (FOX), Good Morning Atlanta (NBC), and several radio programs. Dixie is often quoted as an expert resource in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine.

Dixie enjoys traveling abroad and is always looking for new ways to share her love of nature & plants. She plans to lead groups to tour European gardens-combining her love of travel, gathering ideas from gardens of all types and spending time with friends & family.

Peter Speck

Peter Speck

Vice President and Head of Operations

From people, equipment, plants and materials, Peter is involved in all aspects of getting the work done. Peter thinks through the logistics of each assignment, plans the activities and determines the technical aspects needed to make each landscape successful.

Peter says, “We see ourselves as problem solvers. I’m fascinated by the technical challenges involved in many of Solterra’s projects. I enjoy presenting a client with multiple solutions, then showing them why this particular solution is the best way to proceed. With my engineering background, I see solutions that others don’t always see.”

In his spare time and for fun, Peter developed a proprietary computer application for Solterra that links to GPS data through an automated interface, tracks the production of crews, and monitors efficiency. This helps every project deliver on time and on budget.

Jen Yavorsky

Jen Yavorsky

Account Manager

With a lineage of avid gardening from both her father and her grandfather, Jen Yavorsky had her hands in the dirt at a young age. While earning her BA in Biology, Jen took classes in botany and horticulture. She began working in the landscaping industry after moving to Atlanta in 1996.

Before joining Solterra as a landscape account manager, Jen ran her own garden design business and served as the horticulturist for the Heritage Green historical site in Sandy Springs. She says, “It is exciting to help clients create outdoor spaces where they can relax and entertain, while increasing the value of their property. As a member of Solterra’s team, I’m able to be part of grander and more extensive landscape projects than I could take on alone.”

Jen has donated her time and expertise as a Garden Essential Maintenance volunteer at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and as a volunteer educator with the Georgia Master Gardener program.

She loves traveling and outdoor adventures. Some of her favorite trips have been to Thailand, Peru, and Costa Rica.

Victor Concha

Victor Concha

Account Manager

Making sure each landscape looks its best is Victor‘s prime objective as account manager at Solterra. To do this, he oversees maintenance and installation crews, helping them focus on the details that turn a good landscape into a great one. Not only does Victor keep customers apprised of schedules and determine the best solutions for problems that might arise, he suggests proactive ways their landscape can be improved. With an appreciation of being outdoors and hands-on knowledge of the landscaping industry, Victor says, "I enjoy seeing a landscape transform into a space each customer loves and can’t wait to share with their family and friends."

When not at work, Victor plans travel adventures with his wife and children within the US, as well as internationally to Mexico and Peru.

Russ Chism

Russ Chism

Production Manager - Maintenance Operations

A certified landscape professional, Russ enjoys the varied nature of his responsibilities as Production Manager for Solterra. With thirteen years of landscape experience, Russ ensures the maintenance and installation crews have the proper training, tools, and materials they need to get each job done well. He regularly inspects properties to confirm the completed work aligns with Solterra’s standard of excellence.

Russ says, “Working for a company whose philosophy is to not just to get the next job, but to do a great job, creates a sense of pride with every landscape we install and maintain. Solterra’s owners care about their employees. As a result, Solterra’s employees care about making our clients happy.”

In his spare time, Russ restores vintage cast iron cookware. The oldest cast iron piece he has restored is a skillet from the 1800s. After rescuing the vintage cookware from flea markets and yard sales, Russ restores and sells it through his Etsy store, Six Degrees, along with many other vintage and up-cycled items.

Denise Yaun

Denise Yaun

Office Manager

Denise has been working behind the scenes in Solterra’s main office since early 2014 and is thrilled to join the company in the position of office manager. She comments, “I love the family atmosphere at Solterra. These are people who enjoy what they do and it shows in the way they interact with one another and with clients. I’ve worked in a variety of industries, but landscaping is more creative and fun. I admire that Dixie and Peter have assembled a team with skills that compliment one another—setting the stage for great work to get accomplished.”

With over 20 years of experience in office management, Denise is in charge of many day-to-day administrative responsibilities at Solterra including answering calls and handling the bookkeeping. Clients and prospective clients rely on Denise’s expertise to connect them to the person best suited to answer their question or address their concern. In addition, Denise looks after the human resource necessities of verifying employment authorization and tracking employee information.

In her free time, Denise loves to sew and is a self-proclaimed “fabric-holic.” She finds the variety of colors and textures hard to resist when she’s within reach of beautiful fabrics.