Meet ExpertsMeet the Experts

Our team is comprised of talented individuals that collectively allow us to continue to be a leader and force of change in our industry.  It’s not uncommon to find our talented team leaders and designers sitting in on design competitions at local universities or even at a manufacturer’s round table offering suggestions on how to improve their products.  Our team is passionate about what we do and it shows in every aspect of our business and in our work.  We invite you to learn more about members of our team below.

 Tony Lausas, Partner

New TonyTony has over 26 years of experience working in the Landscape design/build industry. Tony graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Operations Management. He has a strong background in the design and installation of concrete pavers and segmented retaining walls. Tony has been an authorized contractor of Unilock since 1995 and of Belgard since 1999, and is certified through both the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and National Concrete Masonry Association. Tony focuses on creating a strong business infrastructure through educated and knowledgeable staff, skilled craftsmen and state of the art equipment. Tony’s business philosophy is to continue to make BPI the premier choice in the industry that clients feel proud to refer to their friends and family. Tony prides himself on the community work and client experiences that BPI is able to achieve.

J.D. Durst, Partner/President

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J.D. has over 22 years of experience working in the Landscape design/build industry. J.D. graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Landscape Architecture. J.D.‘s strong background in design is a result of working for a variety of design firms from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis. He has worked on a number of projects including children’s gardens, botanical gardens, arboretum, institutional and municipal projects and private estates. J.D. prides himself in creating unique and functional designs for his clients based on their individual needs, the project site and the client’s vision for their project. As President of BPI, J.D.’s primary focus is to build and maintain strong systems for the production and installation of our amazing outdoor spaces. J.D.’s focus is to continue to assure that the client’s experiences through design and installation are being achieved. J.D. truly enjoys the lasting relationships that he is able to create with BPI’s clients.

 Brandon Stidham, Project Manager

New BrandonBrandon has over 24 years of experience working in the Landscape design/build industry. Brandon graduated from Vincennes University with a degree in Horticulture.  Brandon is an Advanced Residential Certified Installer through the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. Brandon focuses on the organization of our skilled and trained installers and the production of our projects.  Brandon visits our project sites daily to guarantee our projects meet BPI’s strict quality standards.  Brandon enjoys building and maintaining relationships with our clients, while helping them to realize their projects full potential.

Nicore Murray, Landscape Designer

Nicore has shown countless devotion within the design/build industry. As a graduate from Ball State University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and a concentration in Construction Management, each project is a new opportunity for her. She steps into the field with dedication, determination and an eagerness to learn more. This shows throughout her high quality outdoor plans and lifelike 3D renderings. At BPI Outdoor Living, Nicore focuses on aiding in the design and presentation of every design from start to finish while continuously providing an unmatched quality of detail. She believes in doing what ever it takes to make sure every customer walks away with their dream outdoor space.

Renee Michael

Renee’ brings over 25 years of experience in Executive and Administrative office assistance with a background in marketing coordination and communications.  Renee’ is a people oriented individual with an impeccable ability to put a client at ease when dealing with the day to day tasks at hand. 

Renee’ has been married to her high school sweetheart Brian Michael for 36 years, they have three children and 9 grandchildren.  Renee’ loves the outdoors where she enjoys camping, boating, water skiing, motorcycle riding and hiking.  She has a strong love for her Yorkie’s and doesn’t mind being called the Crazy Yorkie lady.



Shawn Clawson

Shawn joined BPI Outdoor Living with over 13 years of accounting experience.  Shawn holds a degree in Economics from Wabash College as well as a master degree in Professional Accountancy from IU, Kelley school of Business.  Shawn’s focus at Bpi is to keep us financial strong by collaborating with our vendor partners and clients.

Shawn works diligently with the BPI management team to constantly find new ways to create profitability for BPI as well as a better value for our clients.  Shawn also keeps the office environment fun with his great attitude and funny jokes.