Jeff Clark: Operations Manager of Lawn and Snow Divisions
Over the past 40 years, Wimberg Landscaping has continued to grow: offering our full array of landscaping services to an ever growing clientele. To that end, experienced landscape professionals are continuously added to our team to ensure the properties we maintain receive the highest level of care.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Jeff Clark to our operations team. Among Jeff’s responsibilities is the scheduling of lawn care services and the evaluation the lawns we maintain. This shift in responsibilities allows Vice President John Wimberg to focus his attention on other internal tasks.
As Jeff settles into his new role at Wimberg Landscaping, we took a few moments to ask him about his background, his interest in landscaping and how he will be working with Wimberg clients.
How long have you been working in the landscaping field and what type of work did you take on?
I’ve been in the green industry for the past 12 years. During that time I was in charge of a wholesale/retail store for seven years. The past five years I worked in operations, design, installation, sales and human resources. My career has allowed me the opportunity to learn, first-hand, all aspects of landscape care and what it takes to keep a full service firm, such as Wimberg, moving smoothly. I’ve admired Wimberg Landscaping for many years for its ability to stay ahead of landscape trends, willingness to push the envelope when it comes to design and plant applications and their solid, continued growth.
Was landscaping something you've always been interested in?
I've always enjoyed landscaping, but my career started on a different track. I was in the concrete industry for 27 years, designing concrete mixes for roads and buildings around the Cincinnati area. I was also a dispatcher and handled sales. Eventually I made it to the landscape industry and I haven't looked back.
That's a long and lustrous career. What was it about landscaping that motivated you to switch careers?
With landscaping, we have the opportunity to enhance every aspect of the client’s yard: from lawn to grading to outdoor hardscapes and of course plantings. We get to work with the entire spectrum of the outdoor living space, not just the hardscaping. Hardscape design and installation is still my favorite aspect of the landscape, now I get to work in a field that addresses other aspects like bed design and pollinator plantings. I feel privileged to work with so many talented people here at Wimberg who make our clients’ dreams come to life.
One of your roles will be organizing the mowing crews. As we continue to grow our business, how do you see your past work experiences benefitting you in this new role?
I worked with several software programs that were very similar to what Wimberg uses so that will help me transition into my role. Making sure routes are set up and stay efficient and effective is the key to a successful mowing operation.
You shared with me that this is more than mowing, that you see beyond it. What do you mean by that?
Wimberg has a large mowing clientele, but for too many, all we offer them is our mowing services. This positon is an opportunity to ensure their lawns are impeccably cared for, and that they are aware of the other services we offer, such as fall leaf removal, spring clean-ups and ongoing garden care. Part of my role is to educate our clients on all the ways we can help them make their landscapes shine.
What other hobbies/activities do you partake in?
I'm a huge soccer fan. I enjoy refereeing soccer and watching my grandson play the game and my youngest son coach it at the college level.
I enjoy reading on my patio when the weather permits or inside when it doesn't. I enjoy traveling with my family.