Our Team

Peak Environmental is the destination company for the areas best landscape professionals!

Gary Benacquista

Gary Benacquista

Email: gary@peakec.com
Position: General Manager

Gary spent several years in New England as a Director of Operations and General Manager in the hospitality industry. As the de facto HR person in most of the businesses he’s operated, he’s developed a passion for operational efficiency, building strong teams, and helping people to grow and love their jobs. He recently moved back to his native Guilderland with his wife, two young daughters, and two very feisty cats. In addition to spending quality time with his family, Gary loves running, coaching his kids’ teams, and trying to remember how to play the guitar like he did when he was touring with an indie-rock band called Hooray for Earth.

Christina Brownell

Christina Brownell

Email: christina@peakec.com
Position: Controller

Christina has several years of experience in accounting and data analytics in the healthcare sector, spending nearly 2 decades with Saratoga Hospital. Born and raised in NY, she currently resides in the foothills of the Adirondacks with her husband and two kids. When she’s not traveling, Christina loves going on crazy local adventures with her family such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing (although not well), and collecting unique pets. Her family currently has 2 cats, a dog, 2 snakes, a bearded dragon, and an adorable axolotl.

Steve Rowley

Steve Rowley, ICPI, ASM, CDLA

Email: steve@peakec.com
Position: Build Manager

Steve joined Peak in 2010 as a project manager. His artistic talents as well as his mechanical engineering degree made him a valuable member of our staff almost immediately. He is a highly trained Green Industry Professional with numerous accreditations, he has built award winning landscapes, and currently oversees all phases of our design/build and landscape development projects. In his free time, Steve likes to make beer, fix old cars, and ride his bike. His real passion however, is preparing for the upcoming worldwide zombie invasion. When it happens, I suggest you find Steve, he’ll be ready!

Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer

Email: tim@peakec.com
Title: Foreman, Hardscaping

Tim originated from the sunny state of California. In a previous life Tim worked as an art gallery director until his lovely wife convinced him to move back to her home town of Altamont, NY in 2003. Tim then began working alongside a master stonemason who happened to be his father in law. He loved the work and excelled to a point where he was a partner in the business for over 10 years. Tim lives in Clifton Park with his wife and is a father to four children and a “crazy dog” and loves kayaking, hiking, The Grateful Dead, Jazz and a good IPA.

Joe Messier

Joe Messier

Email: joe@peakec.com
Title: Landscape Sales

Joe spent a decade plus working and managing within the hospitality industry, before making the transition to food-service equipment sales and then residential roofing sales prior to landing at Peak. After graduating from Queensbury High School, Joe received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Joe lives in Glens Falls with his silly, sassy, and stylish seven-year-old daughter. In addition to Barbies, ballet, braids, and whatever else his daughter wants to get into, Joe enjoys sports (Go Celtics!), succulents, and cooking for his little girl.

Erin Maciel

Erin Maciel

Email: erin@peakec.com
Title: Landscape Architecture and Sales

Erin is an award-winning professional landscape architect with more than 15 years of experience with landscape construction. She is a plant geek at heart and has a keen sense of design to bring meaning and sustainability to every project she designs. She has the ability to transform any outdoor space into a place of gathering, reflection and joy through the use of unique design details that make each of her projects one-of-a-kind. When not practicing landscape architecture, she is a dedicated community member of Saratoga Springs and is a member of the Complete Streets Board for the City and other civic-minded groups. She is also a mom of two active boys that keep her running (pretty much non-stop) when she is not in the office or at a project site. She loves coffee from Brazil, the beach, hiking in the Adirondacks and speaking Portuguese!

Dillon Frinton

Dillon Frinton

Email: dfrinton@peakec.com
Title: Foreman, Site Work

Having spent his childhood in the Adirondacks, Dillon’s genuine passion for the outdoors has become an integral part of his identity.Over the years his career has encompassed a variety of roles that span bridge construction, heavy equipment operation, site construction, logging, and land clearing. His attention to detail, honed over years of hands-on experience, is a hallmark of his work. Today, he brings his extensive skill set and meticulous work ethic to his role as our dedicated Site Work Foreman.
Dillon shares his life in Troy with his wife and their 11-year-old black lab, Lenny. Outside of work, you’ll find him playing hockey and snowmobiling in the winter, and downhill biking during the summer.

Terry Hubbard

Terry Hubbard

Email: terry@peakec.com
Title: President

Terry started Peak Environmental in 1997 at 22 years old. His degree in environmental science and his annual summer landscaping job were the building blocks that propelled him to start this new venture. At that time Terry had one focus, “How do I get a serious summer job that will allow me to ski all winter?” Peak Environmental was the answer. While the demands of a growing business no longer allow the ski bum lifestyle, Terry still gets a few days off during the winter to ski. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys. He is a green industry professional and he has built a culture of learning, excellence and integrity at Peak Environmental.