Our Staff

  • Weed Man From Royal Lawn & Landscape

Royal has up to 30 Associates working in the field of operations and service. Our team is committed to the highest quality lawn care service in the Mid-Michigan area. Our office staff is the backbone to what we do and are here to assist our customers.

Contact Royal at 517-694-LAWN or Email us to see what we can do for you.

Dave - Royal Lawn & LandscapeDavid L. Thurston, Jr. – President and Founder

After graduating from high school in 1985, Dave moved to Lansing to go to work with a friend who owned a lawn company that was rapidly growing and in need of help. In 1990 that company went out of business. After a few weeks of trying to figure out what to do, he and his wife Marni decided to start their own lawn maintenance company. Since that time Royal has added landscaping, Irrigation and Weed Man Services.

Dave has spent his entire career in the Green Industry. In 2005 Dave received the Quarter Century Club Award, presented by the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, being recognized for his significant contributions and dedication to the Green Industry spanning for more than 25 years.

Dave and Marni were married in 1987 and have five sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren, many of them working with Royal and Weed Man.

Dave’s goals for the future are to continue to maintain a high level of service and retain customers for extended contracts while gaining referrals from Royal’s customers.

Click here to contact Dave about Royal’s Commercial Maintenance program –.

Neil - Royal Lawn & LandscapeNeil White – Project Specialist

Neil joined the team at Royal Lawn & Landscape in the spring of 2004 after spending 27 years owning and managing his own trucking company and logging 3.5 million miles behind the wheel. Neil’s experience with operations management and customer service has been a true asset to Royal as well as Royal’s customers. Neil wears many hats and assists in all areas of customer service, cold call contacts, represents Royal at many networking groups as well as coordinating many behind the scenes projects at Royal. Neil also manages the winter snow/ice operations for Royal and he is also a Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Click here to contact Neil about Royal’s Irrigation program –.

Eric - Royal Lawn & LandscapeEric Thurston – Weed Man General Manager

Eric has been a part of Royal since 2005. He is a great asset to the company having knowledge and experience in every division, eventually becoming a maintenance team leader for several years. In 2012, Eric became the General Manager for Weed Man Lansing. Eric is also a Certified Pesticide Applicator.

Click here to contact Eric about the Weed Man program –.



Brandon - Royal Lawn & LandscapeBrandon Thurston – Landscape Division Manager

Brandon has been a part of Royal since 2007. From early on, he developed a passion for the field of Landscape. Brandon has a great knowledge of the Green Industry, with a creative eye for new Landscape projects. Brandon is a Landscape Designer, Hardscapes Specialist, and was a part of the Lansing Community College Landscape Architecture Program.

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Adam At Royal Lawn & LandscapeAdam Thurston – Lawn Maintenance Team Leader

Adam has been a part of Royal since 2009. He leads a team in the field, and helps with the daily planning of other teams.




Brian - Royal Lawn & LandscapeBrian Dack – Lawn Maintenance Team Leader

Brian has been a part of Royal since 2012. He leads a team in the field and assist Adam in all of the workload.