Meet the Team

Genesis Group, LLC was founded in 2003 by Barry Aho and has since served hundreds of satisfied customers. The testimonials on the Homepage speak volumes about Genesis Group–and so do the many recent awards, including the ones from last year’s from GuildQuality Surveys and Angie’s List. You can’t get a better rating from the Better Business Bureau than an A+ rating, and that’s what Genesis Group has consistently maintained. Genesis Group specializes in any outdoor project from a budget of $5,000 and up, and has a very structured process to ensure every project is finished with superb quality, on time, every time. Below are some brief biographies and headshots of each team member, so you can get a glimpse of who you will be working with if you choose Genesis Group.

Barry Aho

Owner of Genesis Group, LLC

Any organization’s personality comes from the top, and Genesis Group is blessed to have Barry Aho as its founder and leader for 18 years. Barry is a true engineer at heart, and he has created many processes in the areas of design, build, sales and follow-up for Genesis Group–separating it from other landscaping companies.

What really gives Barry satisfaction is the unmatched quality of work all his customers enjoy. He loves being creative and seeing things come to fruition, taking a lot of pride in the end result and doing whatever it takes to make a satisfied customer. He also loves the diversity of people that he gets to work for, and many customers feel like family when the job is done. Barry says, “Customer satisfaction will always be the key to Genesis Group.”

Barry studied at Oregon State University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then spent 10 years as an engineer with Hewlett Packard (HP), during which time he had a great deal of hands-on learning in building houses outside his “real job”. He built his own home in Mountain Shadows, and continues to live on the west side of Colorado Springs with his wife, Kari. They have four awesome children.

Any organization’s personality comes from the top, and Genesis Group is blessed to have Barry Aho as its founder and leader for 18 years. Barry is a true engineer at heart, and he has created many processes in the areas of design, build, sales and follow-up for Genesis Group–separating it from other landscaping companies.

What really gives Barry satisfaction is the unmatched quality of work all his customers enjoy. He loves being creative and seeing things come to fruition, taking a lot of pride in the end result and doing whatever it takes to make a satisfied customer. He also loves the diversity of people that he gets to work for, and many customers feel like family when the job is done. Barry says, “Customer satisfaction will always be the key to Genesis Group.”

Barry studied at Oregon State University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then spent 10 years as an engineer with Hewlett Packard (HP), during which time he had a great deal of hands-on learning in building houses outside his “real job”. He built his own home in Mountain Shadows, and continues to live on the west side of Colorado Springs with his wife, Kari. They have four awesome children.

Amber Roster

Outdoor Living Consultant

 Amber@gengroupllc.com
 719-651-9241

Amber began her career in geospatial analytics. As a cartographer, Amber mapped Vietnamese migration patterns, mines, and post-fire forest regeneration. After working for an Australian mining acquisition firm, she entered the construction trade in 2019. Amber was the operations manager of a locally owned flooring company and its subsidiaries for two years before joining us here, at Genesis Group. Amber has been married for 16 years to her high school sweetheart and has three children. On her off-time you can find her on a trail somewhere, with a book, writing a sonnet, or hanging with her family. Amber has a knack for creativity and is excited to continue developing her skill set in landscape design!

Amber began her career in geospatial analytics. As a cartographer, Amber mapped Vietnamese migration patterns, mines, and post-fire forest regeneration. After working for an Australian mining acquisition firm, she entered the construction trade in 2019. Amber was the operations manager of a locally owned flooring company and its subsidiaries for two years before joining us here, at Genesis Group. Amber has been married for 16 years to her high school sweetheart and has three children. On her off-time you can find her on a trail somewhere, with a book, writing a sonnet, or hanging with her family. Amber has a knack for creativity and is excited to continue developing her skill set in landscape design!

Mark Merritt

Project Coordinator

Mark is originally from a small rural community at the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. A Colorado native, spends as much of his free time as possible with his wife and kids outdoors: fishing, camping, and generally finding any possible excuse to be in the mountains. Mark began building custom homes with his “grampa” at the young age of 13 and fell in love with it. He has, in some form, been in the industry ever since. With over 25 years of experience, he has developed a well rounded skill set on many levels, but primarily focused on residential construction with a passion for fine woodworking and custom carpentry. Mark started with Genesis Group as foreman on our deck crew and is now the Project Coordinator for Genesis Group’s deck division. His primary goal at Genesis is to take the dreams imagined by our clients and our awesome sales team and help turn them into a reality that will last for years to come. Through thorough planning, design and management, he takes great pride in seeing our projects completed and looks to exceed the expectations of our clients on each job.

Mark is originally from a small rural community at the base of the Sangre De Cristo mountains. A Colorado native, spends as much of his free time as possible with his wife and kids outdoors: fishing, camping, and generally finding any possible excuse to be in the mountains. Mark began building custom homes with his “grampa” at the young age of 13 and fell in love with it. He has, in some form, been in the industry ever since. With over 25 years of experience, he has developed a well rounded skill set on many levels, but primarily focused on residential construction with a passion for fine woodworking and custom carpentry. Mark started with Genesis Group as foreman on our deck crew and is now the Project Coordinator for Genesis Group’s deck division. His primary goal at Genesis is to take the dreams imagined by our clients and our awesome sales team and help turn them into a reality that will last for years to come. Through thorough planning, design and management, he takes great pride in seeing our projects completed and looks to exceed the expectations of our clients on each job.

Nick Bruewer

Landscape Foreman

Nick began his landscaping career with a small business in Michigan. What started as a summer job in-between school sparked his passion for physical and mental work that allowed him to spend all seasons outdoors. Since moving to Colorado Springs, he has built a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that he is happy to use to enhance the outdoor living spaces of every customer he is lucky enough to meet. When not managing the job site, Nick is usually found backpacking where he combines his love for hiking, camping and photography.

Nick began his landscaping career with a small business in Michigan. What started as a summer job in-between school sparked his passion for physical and mental work that allowed him to spend all seasons outdoors. Since moving to Colorado Springs, he has built a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that he is happy to use to enhance the outdoor living spaces of every customer he is lucky enough to meet. When not managing the job site, Nick is usually found backpacking where he combines his love for hiking, camping and photography.

Nick Schleinkofer

Customer Relations Coordinator

 NickS@gengroupllc.com
 719-465-4466

Nick grew up in the small town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He relocated to Colorado Springs after honourably discharging from the Marine Corps in 2016. Due to his multifaceted career as a federal contractor and as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force, Nick is seasoned in coordination with a knack for discipline. This has afforded him a high competency in complicated logistical operations and a mindset that prioritizes communication. Having travelled the world, Nick interacted with numerous cultures and ideologies affording him a keen customer service know-how. He enjoys educating others and on his off time, Nick coaches high school football. Other hobbies include riding motorcycles, restoring classic vehicles, and learning about wealth management.

Nick grew up in the small town of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He relocated to Colorado Springs after honourably discharging from the Marine Corps in 2016. Due to his multifaceted career as a federal contractor and as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force, Nick is seasoned in coordination with a knack for discipline. This has afforded him a high competency in complicated logistical operations and a mindset that prioritizes communication. Having travelled the world, Nick interacted with numerous cultures and ideologies affording him a keen customer service know-how. He enjoys educating others and on his off time, Nick coaches high school football. Other hobbies include riding motorcycles, restoring classic vehicles, and learning about wealth management.

Julie Wheeler

Office Coordinator

 Julie@gengroupllc.com
 719-510-0368

Julie is a Colorado Springs Native. She has a Masters's Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and she taught Kindergarten for 10 years. She enjoys office administration work and using her skills to assist staff and customers. Julie loves to read, write, watch movies, and spend time with her family including her miniature poodle Lucy. She also enjoys working in children’s ministry. She loves working with Genesis Group and looks forward to continuing to grow in her knowledge and skills.

Julie is a Colorado Springs Native. She has a Masters's Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and she taught Kindergarten for 10 years. She enjoys office administration work and using her skills to assist staff and customers. Julie loves to read, write, watch movies, and spend time with her family including her miniature poodle Lucy. She also enjoys working in children’s ministry. She loves working with Genesis Group and looks forward to continuing to grow in her knowledge and skills.