Providing support to the Kinman Institute's mission and vision are the following professionals. Please click on a name to review bio information about these distinguished indiviuals.

Dr. Roger Blackwell

Professor or Marketing at Ohio State University, cited as "Marketer of the Year" by the American Marketing Association and named one of the "top speakers" in the lecture circuit by the New York Times. Roger continues to be quoted in many publications each year including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week and many others. . He is considered to be the "Father of Consumer Behavior" by many in business and industry and is the author of many books including From Mind to Market and his industry watershed work Consumer Behavior now in its 9th edition.


John Brookes

From his base in England, John Brookes has impacted the entire world of Landscape Design--literally. As a world renown author of books with outstanding photography showing his designs in actual life (including Room Outside and The Small Garden), John brings a wealth of experience to the Kinman Institute and its landscape practitioners participating in the revolutionary educational curriculum of the Institute. While John runs courses in garden design at Demans in England, he also has a very busy international speaking schedule. We are honored at John's willingness to lend his shoulder in helping our industry set and maintain standards to delight our customers.


Gary Bruck, AIA

A principal at Sullivan & Bruck Architects , Gary is known worldwide as a provider of creativity and quality in design that reveals discerning taste and a deep respect for history. Gary Bruck is defined as "Defining people's dreams" and those who know Gary personally echo that statement with many other accolades of their own. The Institute is proud to have Gary serve as an advisor as he brings his sense of "style and place" to assist in aiding the Institute's Participants and fellow advisors carry out standards set forth in the revolutionary educational format that is the Institute's.


Rick Doesburg

Rick comes to the Kinman Institute with a tremendous background in landscaping and a personal and practical knowledge in seeing how the Institute's initial educational curriculum affected his own business and bank account. Now Rick sees the additional educational curriculum only doing more to help the landscape professional do more in less time with better results. A graduate of Ohio State University, Rick went directly into the world of landscaping through Thorton Landscape which he purchased in 1999. In 2001 Rick was named 2001 landscape contractor "Person of the Year" by Landscape Management magazine.


Steve Puffenberger

With 40 years of professional experience, Steve Puffenberger owns and operates Advent Media, Inc., which specializes in digital content creation for a wide variety of commercial and public agency clientele, including the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). Steve brings to the institute a degree of professionalism in communication, crafting this website and much of the Institute's graphic identity. Steve also produces video and PowerPoint presentations, and can be a prime resource for all Kinman affiliates. The institute could not achieve its professional level of communication without Steve's advice and expertise. 

Davis Sydnor

Davis Sydnor is Ohio State's professor of Urban Forestry in their School of Natural Resources and is the professor of Ecosystems Management. Dr. Sydnor comes to the Institute having been used regularly by Kinman Associates in various plant condition work and consultation and brings a unique blend of insight and knowledge to the Institute. Davis Sydnor's deep experience in a large array of clients over the years include not only plant condition work, but landscape maintenance and assessment to expert witness work in our field and related disciplines. The Institute is honored with Dr. Sydnor's national and international standing and know that his insights will prove extremely valuable to the educational participants of the Institute.


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