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About Us

Proud recipient of the Environmental Leader of the Year Award from the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA).

CPHort provides an array of horticultural and snow/ice management services to fit most commercial and residential environments.

Our culture centers around developing long-term working partnerships with our clients, team-members, and suppliers in order to provide a superior service experience. We are committed to on-going process improvement which is evident in the work we perform, our industry associations and certifications.

Our Vision: "Lead by repeatable example to transform the Landscape and Snow/Ice Management Industries, implementing trust, best practices and the highest standards of professionalism."

Our History

CPHort was founded in 2006 by Jim Turcan after serving 14 years in the professional Landscape and Snow/Ice industries. "Earning trust and rapport is essential with everything we do," comments Turcan. "It is a great honor and responsibility to serve both our internal and external clients."

Since our inception in 2006, "It's the little things done exceptionally well that make the big difference," which has become our motto and continues to be the Cornerstone of our foundation. This enables us to differentiate ourselves within the highly competitive Landscape and Snow/Ice industries. Controlled growth, with over 70% of new business relationships being generated from satisfied client referrals, has enabled CPHort to expand its service area beyond the Fox River Valley to multiple suburbs throughout Western Chicago including properties located within the City of Chicago, Wisconsin and Indiana.

We're always learning! Our commitment to education, professionalism, process improvement and keeping our competitive edge is brought to life with honored designations such as:

-Certified Landscape Technicians (CLT-E) -Certified Snow Professional (CSP) -Advanced Snow Managers (ASM) -Techniseal Certified Applicators -NDS Certified Drainage Pro

along with active participation in the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA), Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA), National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and Community Associations Institute (CAI). These commitments enable CPHort to achieve our Mission:

"To be the most trusted partner caring for the outdoor environments of those we serve. We shall achieve this by consistently doing the little things exceptionally well while living daily our core values of HONESTY, INTEGRITY & FAITH."

  • Service area

    Cornerstone Partners provides horticultural & snow/ice management services throughout the Northern Illinois area. Our main service borders are North through McHenry County, South through Kendall County, East through Cook County, and West through Kane & DeKalb Counties.

    We are ALWAYS interested in speaking to dynamic, passionate individuals who are interested in serving others through the Landscape & Snow/Ice Industries while being fanatical implementing best practices! If you are interested in any of the following Job Descriptions, please complete the On-Line Quick Application form to start the conversation of advancing your career:

    CPHort Careers: On-Line Quick Application


    Administration Assistant

    Sales: Account Manager

    Sales: Customer Service Rep

    Production Enhancement Manager

    Maintenance Foreman

    Maintenance Laborer

    Enhancement Foreman

    Enhancement Laborer

  • Guarantee

    "Doing it Great (D.I.G)" is not just wishful thinking, it's a guarantee! We offer extended warranties on all greenscape installations maintained by CPHort along with a 3 year warranty on workmanship of hardscape installations plus extended manufacturer product warranties. This is where our commitment to trust becomes your reality!

  • Associations

    We are proud members of the following associations:

Meet our team

  • Jim 'Turk' Turcan

    President, CLT-E, CSP

  • John Sotos

    Chief Financial & Planning Officer

  • Melanie Sorensen

    Administration Manager

  • Cora Topf

    Administration Assistant

  • Wes Matejka

    Information Technology Assistant

  • Gary Brester

    Sales/Senior Account Manager

  • Mario Hernandez

    Account Manager

  • Nick Topf

    Account Manager, ASM

  • Josh Howver

    Production Director, ASM

  • Joel Barona

    Senior Foreman

  • Carlos Contreras

    Senior Foreman

  • Guillermo Ayala


  • Antonio Castro


  • Fernando Garcia


  • Jose Gonzalez


  • Jesus Guzman


  • Luis Ochoa


  • Sergio Ojeda


  • Junior Sanchez


  • Oralio Santonya


  • Lorenzo Sifuentes


  • Diego Tovar

    Equipment Technician

  • Faustino Vega


What our customers are saying…

  • Cheryl D., Senior Portfolio Manager

    They worked so hard!! Rain, wind, heat...they just kept going!!! I forgot about the ice, freezing rain and snow!! Hats off to the hardest working crew ever!!!

  • Kris L., Class A Property Manager,

    Our lots and sidewalks look incredible, love, love, love it!!! What a difference from last year with salting {now with liquid anti/deicing}. Thank you!!

  • Ken B., CEO

    "I don't normally write letters anymore because I rarely get to experience a level of customer service or attention to detail that warrants it. Our facility is our selling ground and what differentiates us from all our competition. Although you would think that landscaping isn't that important and certainly not worth paying anything more than the cheapest bid in a commercial environment, I have learned first hand the opposite is true. When everything about your property screams '[we] care about the details,' the client walks into your office with a slightly different attitude. It separates you. CPHort gives us that edge with providing our visitors GREAT first impressions. I only wish other vendor/partners would be as passionate and detailed about their specialties!"

  • Jeremy C., Municipal Division Manager

    "The completed work Cornerstone has turned in during my tenure as Division Manager has been outstanding! {CPHort} have always provided awesome site analysis and recommendations, which include photos and detailed documentation. The crews are well trained and educated in the industry, while always being friendly and accountable. I have always been impressed with the organization's honesty, passion and communication. I highly recommend {CPHort} for any services they provide."

  • Todd H., Director of Public Works

    Glad to have a partnership with CPHort, best attention to detail I've seen from any landscape contractor. It's hard work and takes time, but thanks to CPHort we are starting to turn a corner towards quality. Thank you for making my life easier. Thank you again, for checking in. Overall, I am incredibly pleased with the work your staff has been doing. I am pleased that we have established this working relationship!

    Thank you for all of your hard work, it has been a pleasure working with you and your team. My staff historically used to spend 20+ hours per week performing quality assurance checks on the landscape contractors. Your teams attention to detail has proved that to be unnecessary, giving us time to refocus on other priorities.

  • Matt B., Village President

    This last year we contracted a new landscape maintenance firm, {CPHort}, in just one year we've seen a tremendous improvement of the appearance & health of our landscape areas. In fact, and you're going to fact-check me on this, we have not received one complaint out of this contract or landscape areas in 2017; really in an area where we generally we do receive a lot more comments from residents, and so we really look forward to working with them. Just last night the Board approved a contract extension with them so they can work through this year as well and we would love to keep moving forward with that. 2018 State of the Village of Montgomery

  • Ann H., HOA Landscape Committee Chair

    {From HOA Resident}: Guessing mostly all you hear are complaints, so just wanted to tell you what a great landscaping company you contracted. After the first 2 years {of living here} I saw it go from bad, to worse, to worst and now we are back to great. Couldn't believe it when they trimmed my privacy trees by steps; wasn't done for years, and now it's done as needed. So good job, you obviously care about this community.

  • Todd H., Northwest Water Planning Alliance Chairman

    CPHort is not just an active participant {in sustainable salting/chloride consciousness} rather a critical partner demonstrating true leadership in the industry and helping to educate public and private partners alike. Thanks for you help and hard work!

  • Rachel P., Grounds & Garden Manager

    "Thank You! They (CPHort crew) really are the best!! The guys working on the walls and plantings looked super solid today and were a big relief to me. Couldn't do it without you guys."

  • Katie P., Facility Administrator

    "We've been so pleased with the work your crew had done this summer. Again, thank you for your terrific work!"

  • Bill D., Homeowner

    We hired CPHort to do a project that included removal, design and replanting. They were on time and on budget. We had a minor issue crop up some time later which they happily remedied at no additional cost to us. This is a landscaping company that stands behind their work and One you can trust!

  • Ann K., Commercial Property Manager

    "You make my job so much easier! Thank you"

  • Christopher L., Class A Office Engineer

    " always, you guys are the best and I appreciate the help!!"

  • Agata S., Industrial Portfolio Manager

    I can't thank you enough for what you do for us!

  • Chris H., Apartment Community Business Manager

    "Your crew exceeded all of our expectations! They were timely, professional, paid attention to detail and did an excellent job cleaning up after the job. With having a 30 year old property with 72 buildings on site, it takes a lot of manpower and much needed attention for detail and the crew did a fantastic job. I have received nothing but compliments on the work done at the property as well as the appearance and professionalism of the crew. I would also like to say thank you personally for guiding us in making the right choices for flowers, trees, shrubs and landscape designs."

  • Terri D., Hotel General Manager

    "With this being our first year in partnership with CPHort, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the outstanding services we received. Since we opened in 2008, we have used several other companies for landscaping and snow removal and never seemed to find anyone that I felt understood the needs of our property ~ until now. Since our business is open 24/7 all year long and our guests are here overnight and then gone during the day, it presents unique challenges for removing snow from the parking lot. So I am sure you can understand how pleasantly surprised I was when our Account Manager took the time to contact me this month to review our snow removal contract, to make sure I was receiving your Winter Weather Alerts, and most importantly, to discuss a plan of action specific to our property."

  • Vanessa S., Church Administrator

    "We began our association with CPHort in 2009. The quality of service they provide and their commitment to excellence is unmatched, and we saw positive results on our property following the completion of just one landscape season. Our Account Manager has been an excellent advisor and partner providing us with best practice recommendations for maintaining our property as well as outlining projects that should be considered for future budget planning. Our relationship with CPHort is further enhanced by excellent communication - in person, by email, and over the phone. CPHort has been more than responsive to emergency situations that come up - even to the point of sending a crew out in the middle of December to tend to a landscaping situation that needed immediate attention for the safety of our children in our playground area. It is my privilege to recommend the services of CPHort."

  • Ryan C., Office & Industrial Property Manager

    "{CPHort} has provided us with a service unmatched and we are proud to recommend them to anyone in need. Each season {CPHort} thoroughly researched each site to plan appropriately for what can become a crazy snow season. {CPHort's} forethought and planning with property management insures that the appropriate steps are taken to handle all weather conditions. {CPHort} has exceeded all my expectations by quickly servicing anything that may need attention. In most cases, they automatically take care of any service needed. {CPHort} is very thorough and little escapes their attention to detail."

  • Sandy S., Executive Director

    CPHort's very professional crew came to the {Animal} Shelter and not only gave us the advice we needed to clear up our drainage issues, but also addressed the most cost effective way to deal with those issues. CPHort does an excellent job, and we would highly recommend them to anyone!

  • Fran M., Facility Manager

    I would like to thank you and the crew that has been taking care of our property. It has come such a LONG way since you have been taking care of it. I knew you would do a great job, but wanted to let you know that everyone's effort has been noticed. I have made an effort to get out and thank the guys from time to time, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate everything they have done! We are most grateful.

  • Peter T., Office & Industrial Property Manager

    "On behalf of our properties, management team & tenants we would like to thank you for all that you have done for us. There have been too many occasions to list that you have gone above and beyond all of my expectations. You have changed my outlook on landscaping by explaining everything that was being done in the field. The preparation and explanations that went into our meetings really made a difference in our Corporate Business Parks and for that we appreciate it!"

  • Ann K., Retail Property Manager

    "Our firm is located in Memphis, TN and therefore we do not have the ability to be on site daily. It is imperative that I be able to trust and rely on my local contractors for service and I have been more than pleased with CPHort's performance to date. CPHort was able to make specific suggestions and layout a plan for our properties for the coming year that resulted in a 100% improvement in quality and appearance of our plant material and overall curb appeal. In addition, CPHort provided me with a Landscape Forecast Planner which was a lifesaver when preparing our Operating Budgets for the properties."

  • Lee Ann S., Executive Director

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your guys are great by the way!!

  • Crysta B., Industrial Portfolio Manager,

    Your team does a great job for us and we are thankful for that!

  • Sue W., Homeowner

    Your Guys ROCK! Even my neighbor across the street noticed. They did not leave until 7pm tonight and were very concerned of my needs and making sure things went well...I just wanted you to know what great workers they are!

  • Robert R., Class A Office & Medical Property Manager

    "Over the last few years since we have worked with you, our grounds have been kept at a high quality level in terms of appearance and provide an added boost to the curb appeal of our building. Your company's astute recognition of potential problems, as well as suggested enhancements is greatly appreciated. During last winter's unusually high snowfall, your thorough activities to keep our site (which runs 16hrs/day) completely operational was outstanding. As you are aware, with an Immediate Care Center on premise, the need to be above and beyond normal parking lot and sidewalk clearing is essential to the safety of our tenants, invitees and public guests as well as our Management of the Building. We look forward to continuing to work with CPHort in the years ahead."

  • Felicia D., Director of Property Management

    "CPHort was awarded several landscape maintenance contracts for both newly developed and matured sites. CPHort's site evaluation process detailed all of the areas of concern and enabled me to make educated decisions on where our funds would best be spent. The savings in our maintenance costs enabled us to also complete some enhancements for the property this past season. I could not have been more pleased with the response time for requested operations as well as the proactive manner in which problems were brought to my attention. CPHort has been a great addition to our contractor team and have become an asset to the properties."

  • Agata S., Senior Property Manager

    During a recent property tour one of the tenants told me that "{CPHort's} Snow Services are the best he has ever seen, top notch." I know in our line of business compliements are rare so I thought you may want to hear this. Thank you for making us look good!

  • Lisa M., Homeowner

    "Cornerstone was thorough, highly communicative, and had fantastic follow up. They have performed two job for us. First, a retaining wall with pavers, grasses, and perennial installs. More recently, some tree relocations and a new tree installation. Both jobs were impeccable and the follow-up communication was outstanding. There is no question that we will call Cornerstone back when we need more work."

  • Ralph M., Homeowner

    "Cornerstone Partners came out and gave us many options to help fit our budgeting needs. They listened when we explained our lists of wants' and must haves and helped create a design we were looking for. They even salvaged a few of our current landscape items to help us keep the cost down and within budget. The installation was well done. They cleaned up so well that you wouldn't have guessed that our new landscape had just been installed that morning. We are very pleased with the end result and would recommend them highly."

  • Sally P., Homeowner

    The Cornerstone crew arrived on time and went right to work. I had decided to make a change in my initial work order, but it was handled easily with a phone call to the office. The crew dug out three very old and overgrown evergreen shrubs in front of my house. It required lots of hard work as the root system was very deep. The crew never complained - just kept digging until they were done.

  • Cliff S., Homeowner

    "Alvaro & his crew did just a terrific, great job! Very nice people, very cooperative, and just wanted to do the right things. I can't tell you how much we appreciate that! I wanted to make a note of complimenting them and {CPHort's} choice of people."

  • Deborah S., Homeowner

    "What a great feeling it was to pull into the drive yesterday evening to see the yard shaping up and looking pretty. Thank you. Your team does a really good job!

  • Fran M., Homeowner

    Awesome, thank you so very much. I am truly enjoying it {landscape redesign bed}, as are my neighbors. It's a gift every day!

  • Keri M., Homeowner

    "We have used Cornerstone Partners that past 5 years for our landscaping needs. We can say that Cornerstone, over those five years, have done an outstanding job and exceeded our expectations. They provide attention to detail on maintenance of our shrubs and they always leave with our property immaculately clean. We would highly recommend their services for any landscaping needs."

  • Keith N., Homeowner

    {CPHort} gave me a lower quote than other companies. They did exactly what they said they were going to do. They didn't try to increase the price afterwards. They didn't do the walk through after the project was finished, however, it was okay because I didn't have any complaints. They were on time.

  • Mimi F., Homeowner

    Thank you so much for using {CPHort}, I do love the roses and {they} treats our yard as {their} own! I just like that {they're} careful with the snow removal!! And I love his salt mixture!! It’s magic!! So thank you!! Thanks again for letting {CPHort} take care of things!!