Backstory: Justin Gamester

May 30, 2017 -  By

Justin Gamester

President
Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
Eliot, Maine

Education

Portsmouth High School
Portsmouth, N.H.
Class of 1999

University of New Hampshire
Bachelor’s Degree
Business administration, focus in entrepreneurship, minor in political science
Class of 2003

Work Experience

1992-1999
Clean Cut Lawn Care
Owner
Portsmouth, N.H.

Starting in junior high, Gamester ran his own landscape company, where he maintained lawns, performed small projects and managed one employee. “I always knew I wanted to be entrepreneurial.”

2000
North Hampton Auto Wholesale
Salesman
North Hampton, N.H.

2001-2003
Piscataqua Landscaping & Tree Service
Crewmember
Eliot, Maine

“For (employees) to know that I’ve been in the trenches, and I’m not afraid to go back in, reminds them that I understand it.”

2003-2013
Business development/sales

“I was working here as a summer gig. Little did I know (the owner) was laying the groundwork for me to work here when I graduated.”

2013-2016
Vice President

2016-present
President

“Our business is dependent on the weather and living things, so there’s a lot of variety. I’m never bored.”

Did you know?

Photo: Justin Gamester

Photo: Justin Gamester

When he’s not in the office or on the golf course, Gamester spends time at home and by the pool with his wife, Rebecca, and their sons Griffin, 5, and Gavin, 2. “Both my kids love baseball,” he says. “I’m really excited that we’re finally able to get the tee-ball set out.”

“There aren’t many jobs where if you need to go ease some stress you can hop in a loader or a backhoe and go destroy a dirt pile across the street.”

“It’s one thing to be a member, but when you’re involved, that’s where you reap your benefits. If you go to the events and don’t participate, you miss the opportunity to get what you really need.”

Present
Chairman of the Board
Snow & Ice Management Association

Words of wisdom

“Build a good team.”

“Stay focused. It’s very easy to get off track as an executive or someone running a company. It’s easy to slip into day-to-day minutia and not look ahead.”

“There are always two sides of the story. Get all your facts together before you react.”

“Don’t be afraid to invest in the future of the company—whether it be in equipment or people.”

Photos: Justin Gamester

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About the Author:

Dillon Stewart graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, earning a Bachelor of Science in Online Journalism with specializations in business and political science. Stewart is a former associate editor of LM.

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