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“Their expertise at both hardscape and softscape in combination with their people set their business apart here in WNC.  We have had so many compliments and we are thrilled with the result! We highly recommend them for your next project.”



Our Leadership

From humble beginnings…
Rob and Katey Atema started Rivertop Contracting nearly 15 years ago. Initially the company consisted of the two of them and Brian Wierman, a longtime friend. With one truck and one bobcat, they focused on final grading jobs. Their high quality, fairly priced work earned them more work and the business has thrived. Today they have more than 25 trucks, a large fleet of various industry equipment, and 80+ employees.

Meet the team

“I enjoy the challenge of building the business and am proud of our success. But the thing I’m most proud of is all the people that are also invested in the success of the business.” –Rob Atema, Owner


Rob Atema | Owner – rob@rivertopcontracting.com

Rob started Rivertop Contracting and manages the company’s leadership team and the entire operation. He notes he could not have started the business without the help of his wife Katey. Her encouragement and willingness to take up the slack through the throes of startup allowed him to make the company successful.

He provides a focus on company branding, community involvement, and long-term goals and vision. But he’s quick to tell you he does whatever it takes to get the job done well, and he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty.

Rob recognizes the important of branding. His goal is to enhance his customers’ brand by creating beautiful spaces and well-manicured grounds while providing the highest level of service in the industry.

Work background includes common wealth development, Carolina Tractor, and working with Mitchell Distributing Company in Asheville in shop management and new business development.

He and his wife have two sons, 3 dogs, horses and a donkey, along with various other animals on their hobby farm. When he’s not working or spending time with family, Rob enjoys boating, craft beer, and building classic cars.



Brian Wierman | Director of Operations – brian@rivertopcontracting.com

Brian helped found Rivertop in 2000 and has been with the company since that time. He coordinates, manages, and schedules all work for both construction and maintenance. He also coordinates materials, assures quality control, manages employee training, and helps develop and implement policies and procedures.

He loves the challenge and satisfaction of creating beautiful spaces and landscapes, and says the great friendships he has developed over the years with my coworkers are a big reason he stays with the company.

Serving eight years in the US Army helped Brian develop his organizational skills. He has also completed extensive training in the landscape management field. He is a certified ICPI concrete paver installer, certified segmental retaining wall installer, and a Belgard authorized contractor.

When he’s not working he enjoys mountain biking, swimming, craft beer and hiking. He is married with two stepchildren. The family also has two dogs.



Kenny Jackson | Director of Business Development – kennyj@rivertopcontracting.com

Although Kenny’s only been with Rivertop a short time, he has jumped right in to manage sales and marketing, and as a member of the leadership team, he helps with strategic planning, policies and procedures and brand development and awareness.

“I love Rivertop’s intense focus on enhancing and supporting our clients’ brand within the landscape space. I also love being a part of a team whose focus is exceeding expectations in all aspects of the business and doing what is right in the customer’s eyes,” he noted.

His BS degree in Business Administration with a marketing focus at Troy University helped shape his career as an entrepreneur who has created multiple successful businesses. He’s also been intimately involved in business development, sales management, training, and marketing activities for more than two decades in the Asheville area. Kenny has worked in commercial real estate, outdoor, professional apparel, footwear, and office equipment.

Kenny is married with three children. They attend Highland Christian Church. In his personal time he enjoys Asheville’s craft beer and downtown food scene, cooking, and grilling with his big green egg.

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