I have been involved and actively participated on many levels of government, task forces, committees and Commissions over the last 34 years. In so doing I have a depth of knowledge regarding processes, fees, strategies and community needs especially regarding creating, operating and managing small businesses and designing, planning and building homes. While my breath of involvement and knowledge has helped me be effective in non-profit leadership, community advocacy, and humbly gaining respect throughout our community it has specifically aided me in running my Landscape business for 28 years.

Halter-Encinas Enterprises Inc.

​Nov 1989 – Current

Started, organized and currently operate a landscape design, build and maintain company which services a territory from West Hills and Malibu to Santa Clarita and north to Goleta.
- Manage and employ near 50 full time employees varying seasonally.
- Schedule and meet with new customers and listen to their needs while I guide them with questions and sharing knowledge in order to comprehend information leading to a design and budget that will meet their needs.
- Research products, keep up on current prices, and search for solutions and ideas that can help deliver the best design, plan and strategy for each customer.
- Review blueprints as needed and breakdown, total and identify each component for accurate pricing and time needed to complete each task.
- Obtain permits, schedule and meet with Deputy, soils, and municipal inspectors as needed and Engineers, fabricators and other trades to complete a project.
- Continue to stay current on new codes, legislation, and ordinances for each of over 30 municipalities in which we work as well as personnel changes, new processes and interpretations, formal and informal guidelines and regulations.

Villa Tasca Home and Garden and Villa Tasca Nursery

1996 – 2019

Owned and operated a European home and garden retail store and a nursery. Responsible for purchases, marketing, staffing and running the operations.

Edunetics, Wicat and Jostens Solution Representative

​1991 – 1994

Marketed technology solutions that met the educational needs in the classroom for numerous School Districts across Southern California.

Unisys Corporation

​1985 -1991

Scheduled appointments and developed relationships with key personnel in numerous government agencies to learn their needs, challenges, and budget with the intent to secure their approval for a procurement of a new computing solution that can improve their area of service and improve efficiency.

Procter and Gamble

1982 – 1985

Worked as a Chemical Engineer to improve product quality and cost benefit for Bounty Paper Towel and Charmin Tissue production lines.
- Chosen to be a part of the start up team for a new feminine hygiene product called Always Feminine Napkins.
- Helped to develop Standard Operating Procedures, Quality control tests and improve fluid flows and surfactant needs while improving the speed of new production lines.
- Managed several production teams, first in Oxnard, then in Greenville NC.

Doug Halter Landscaping

1972 – 1982

Found customers for regular maintenance servicing and ultimately led to many landscape design installations that allowed me to fund my college housing, food and tuition. I applied plant knowledge since I learned as a child working with my grandfather on his orchard and in the Redwood forest with our shared garden activities.

30 Plus years of Community Involvement

AID CARE of Ventura County and AIDS Partnership: Founder, Board member and Past President
Downtown Ventura Community Council: Founder, Board member and Past President
Ventura Music Festival: Founder, Current Board member and Past President
Ventura County Social Justice Fund: Founder and Board member
Ventura Parks and Recreation Commissioner Early 2000’s
Ventura Tourism Board: Current Board member
Rubicon Theatre: Founder, Current Board member and President
Ventura Botanical Gardens: Founder, Board member Past President and Current Advisory Board Member
California Positively Speaking Outreach: Founder, Lead trainer
Ventura Rotary: Current Member, Board member and Past President
WEV board member
Historic Preservation Alliance: Board member, Past President
Ventura County Star Editorial Board

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