Born in Greenville, North Carolina, Carlton got an early start in the outdoors from his dad. “My dad was without a doubt my motivation, he owned his own business also so it was just natural for me to want to take the lead.” Most of their time was spend at his dad’s office in Greenville, hunting, fishing, or attending his sisters horse shows. Carlton lived in Bath, NC during high school where he got his start in the landscape industry maintaining a large residential estate and equestrian farm. He began working with his cousin Trent and Atlantic Coast in February of 2006 while taking a break from a pre-engineering track at UNC-Wilmington.
As Carlton became more involved in the business, he realized entrepreneurship was his true calling. He returned to Greenville and enrolled in East Carolina University’s School of Business, where he graduated with Honors in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. As a pirate alumni, Carlton stands behind his alma mater’s motto, “Servire” meaning to serve. He served on several committees and organizations at East Carolina such as Phi Sigma Pi’s Ways and Means President where he was awarded with the National Outstanding Fundraiser Award in 2010. His team received national recognition from the Small Business Institute and took first place for their business planning and consulting work for a start-up holistic medical treatment clinic at ECU Physicians and Vidant Medical Center.
Carlton enjoys most of his time outside of work with his wife Kristin and their daughter Kinley who was born in June, 2017. He looks forward to hunting and fishing trips and likes playing music.
BSBA; Small Business Management / Entrepreneurship; East Carolina University
NC Nursery and Landscape Association Young Professional Leadership Award
RainXchange Professional Certified
Energy Saving Landscape Certified
Aquascape Pond Contractor Apprentice Program
Vista Lighting Professional
LX Lighting Installer
NDS Principles of Drainage Certification
ICPI Certified Paver Installer
NCMA Segmental Retaining Wall Certified Installer
ICPI Advance Paver Installer Course Certificate
ICPI Permeable System Construction Certificate
OSHA 10-Hour Safety Course
GROW 2015 Atlanta – Industry Growth Conference and Tour of Areas Leading Company
GROW 2017 Dayton – Industry Growth Conference and Tour of Areas Leading Company