Backstory: Scott Jamieson

May 8, 2015 -  By

Scott Jamieson

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Vice President, Bartlett Tree Experts
Chicago

President, National Association of Landscape Professionals

Education

Andrean High School
Merrillville, Ind.
Class of 1980
“I was a kid who grew up in Gary, Ind. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d have the opportunities I’ve had.”

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Ind.
Class of 1984
B.S., Urban Forestry
In March, Jamieson received a Certificate of Distinction from the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association.

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Mich.
1984-1985,
M.S., Urban Forestry

DePaul University
Chicago
1989-1994
“(The MBA program) was all night classes. I would work in the field, climbing, chipping brush and spraying trees. Then, I’d go to downtown Chicago where DePaul was, go in the bathroom and change quickly and sit in classes with a bunch of business people. I was worried how bad I smelled.”

Work experience

1982-1987
Field technician
ChemLawn/ChemScape
Hickory Hills, Ill.

1987-1989
Sales manager
ChemLawn
Mokena, Ill.

1989-1991
Arborist
Hendricksen The Care of Trees
Park Ridge, Ill.

1991-1994
District manager
Hendricksen The Care of Trees

1994-1995
Regional vice president
Hendricksen The Care of Trees
Wheeling, Ill.

1995-1998
COO
Hendricksen The Care of Trees

1998-2008
President/CEO
Hendricksen The Care of Trees
“It truly was working my up from the field into that role. I worked hard, wasn’t afraid to get my hands dirty and was in the right place at the right time. The company was sold to Davey and, as often happens when you’re the CEO, you don’t go with those deals.”

2008-present
Vice president
Bartlett Tree Experts
Chicago
“It’s been several years of good economy for the tree care industry. We’re going full blast.” Photo idea: Logo (on the server)

2015-present
President
National Association of Landscape Professionals
(formerly PLANET)
“I’m probably am an atypical leader. I tend to not want to be the one that drives some personal legacy. I see it more collaborative. The NALP staff is a really strong staff. One of my personal goals it to make sure Sabeena Hickman starts to become more visible as the CEO of the organization.”

Words of wisdom

“You only grow through people. You’ve got to bring in great people and grow them.”

“Connect with people. You never know where those relationships will help you out.”

“There’s great reward in giving back and trying to make a contribution to something greater than your company, making a contribution to the industry.”

“You have to be very careful with who you trust. People are always working their own agenda. It doesn’t matter how in sync you are.”

Organization memberships

2007-2010
National Safety Council
“I was the only green industry, landscape professional ever to come through that board.”

2008-2011
Tree Care Industry Association
“This is how I ended up (at Bartlett). Greg Daniels, the president at the time, who I worked with on the Tree Care Industry Association board, reached out to me. Getting to know people in different venues allowed me to transition to Bartlett very seamlessly.”

2008-2014
Alliance for Community Trees

2007-present
Openlands

2009-present
National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET)

 

About the Author:

Former Associate Editor Sarah Pfledderer is a West Coast-based contributing editor for Landscape Management.

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