Our People

At Sweetwater Landscapes, we believe our greatest asset is our people. Our diverse staff of more than 60 employees includes landscape architect, registered landscape contractors, licensed irrigation contractor and licensed pesticide applicators.

Management Team

The Sweetwater Landscapes Mangement team has a combined experience of over 50 years in the Green Industry. This experience and expertise enables us to recognize and anticipate issues, design a solution then implement the solution. This saves the client energy, money and time.


Richard Bessette - Owner/Manager

Richard graduated from East Carolina University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and Sales. While at ECU Richard was an active member in the PKA fraternity. He started Triangle Maintenance group in 2001 as sole owner and operator with a desire to work outside while utilizing his management and sales skills. In 2003, he partnered with Bill Matheson and together they formed Sweetwater Landscapes. At Sweetwater Landscapes, Richard enjoys growing/managing both the Maintenance and Turf Care Divisions. He has an active family with his wife, Kristy and their 5 boys.


Don Fitzgerald, Jr. - Maintenance and Turf Program Manager

Don graduated from NC State University with a degree in Agricultural business / Turf Grass Management. In late 2010 Don joined the Sweetwater team bringing with him a solid background in turf management, a deep respect for the landscape industry and a desire to provide our client base with the best turf care program possible. Don is an avid outdoorsman who "is always mindful of how the products we use effect the environment not only on our properties, but the larger community as a whole."


Adam Stroud - Irrigation Manager

Adam joined Sweetwater Landscapes during the expansion of its irrigation division in the spring of 2008 bringing with him 16 years of green industry experience, and extensive knowledge of landscaping and irrigation. Adam grew up in the triangle area and attended NCSU’s Business and Turfgrass Management program. His love for the industry began with a summer job maintaining the golf course at McGregor Downs Country Club where he discovered his aptitude for working with his hands, his love for the outdoors, and his natural ability to detect and repair irrigation issues. Adam’s technical knowledge of the industry, his eye for an aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape, and his personable demeanor allow him to successfully manage larger projects from estimation to completion of the installation, ultimately providing the highest level of customer satisfaction.

Adam is a Certified Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance Technician as well as a NC Licensed Irrigation Contractor.


Our Crews

Sweetwater Landscapes crews are expereinced in commercial, residential and maintenance work.Our experienced crews will be at each visit to ensure consistent and professional service. They operate under safety plans and guidelines set by OSHA as well as our handbook.