I have an Associate’s Degree in Nursery and Landscaping from Gateway Technical College. While in this program, I worked for at the Village of Pleasant Prairie’s Parks and Recreation Department, primarily maintaining athletic fields and general landscaping around their facilities. After graduating, I came to work for Wachtel Tree Science and have been here for over 7 years. Wachtel Tree Science also sponsored me for the new Wisconsin Arborist Apprenticeship program. I was part of the first ever graduating cohort completing the program. By going through this program, I am now one of the first Arborist Journeyman in the tree care industry.
My interest in trees and nature started when I was young. My parents had a small vegetable garden which I would help plant, maintain, and enjoy the fruits of that labor. Our family enjoyed being outdoors going camping, hunting, and fishing together, which we continue to this day. In addition to those fun activities, I also enjoy playing disc golf, spending time with my wife and child, and checking off projects from the honey-to-do list.
I approach tree maintenance with the care for the client and for the health of the tree in mind. I like how the following quote sums up the focus on trees: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – The Lorax