From Forestry to Appraisals, Our Knowledge Runs Deep.
Our work is characterized by our commitment to sustainable solutions, innovative thinking, the latest technology, and respect for the natural environment. Here is a list of our dedicated team of professional foresters, real estate consultants, certified appraisers, specialty and management staff.
Lee offers business leadership perspective and experience in a growing and transitioning business and feels the emphasis on cultural expectations and principle values is key to thriving through transitions.
She enjoys working on the Christmas tree farm and at the maple syrup shack, and pursuing steelhead in the Brule River in northern Wisconsin with her husband, Todd. She has two children, a daughter and son. Lee is an eleven-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon and is a believer in grit, tenacity, and consistency in business, organizational, and personal achievement.
715.453.3274, ext. 318
715.453.3274, ext. 313
Jon is responsible for directing, coordinating, and leading Steigerwaldt Tree Farm’s field operations and manages wholesale and retail Christmas tree sales. His duties also include budget management, performance targets, action plan, data analysis, and marketing for Steigerwaldt Tree Farms. Jon works as the tree farm field operations leader and works with other members of the department to develop and maintain client relationships. He supervises farm projects, processes, and scheduling between in-house departments to maintain efficiencies. He is the lead on maintenance of GIS data for Steigerwaldt lands and Christmas tree inventory. Jon also serves as the lead liaison with our Forestry Department, and directs and evaluates equipment needs and maintenance.
Prior to his current position, Jon was responsible for evaluating, identifying, leading a tree crew, and safely using a chain saw to successfully remove hazard trees from along trail systems to provide safe trails for recreationalists.
In his free time, Jon enjoys mountain biking and camping with his wife and daughters.
715.453.3274, ext. 347
Ashley is the Communication and Development Director at Steigerwaldt, continuously promoting their trademark: quality work fast, with honesty and integrity. Internally, her focus is on fostering an inclusive and creative work culture and strengthening team development, engagement, and relationships. She also invests time in company promotion, branding, and client experience. In addition, her responsibilities include all aspects of administration for multiple departments including forestry, marketing and communications, IT, and brokerage. She excels at office management, technical support, website maintenance, social media, creative solutions, marketing, and fostering an inclusive work environment. Ashley is also a Wisconsin Notary.
Ashley enjoys contributing to her community by volunteering for major city events. She is also an entrepreneur and owns a craft beer and coffee bar with her family. Her favorite moments are spent with her husband and dogs; whether traveling or at home, it’s always an adventure.
715.699.1401, ext. 201
Josh specializes in forest operations oversight and execution for large private landowners (TIMO, REIT, and large private non-industrial ownerships). He is experienced in all aspects of Lake States and Appalachian silviculture, third-party certification systems (FSC, SFI, and ATF), timber sale harvest planning, establishment, marketing, contracting, and administration, inventory execution and field oversight, forest road maintenance and improvement, and reforestation planning and contracting. He holds a Wisconsin Real Estate Sales License and assists clients with timberland and recreational real estate acquisitions, dispositions, marketing, contracting, due diligence, recreational lease program oversight, and strategic direction.
In his current role, Josh has oversight of Steigerwaldt’s business operations and execution. He also manages Steigerwaldt’s offices in Hayward, Wisconsin and Negaunee, Michigan where he is responsible for oversight of approximately 275,000 acres of client-owned properties, as well as client and company budget management, client relationships, project management, staffing, procurement, and execution of business directives and expectations.
Josh resides in Hayward, Wisconsin, and enjoys spending time with his family, deer hunting, searching for shed antlers, musky fishing, and coaching youth basketball.
715.699.1401, ext. 203
He is a member of the National, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota Associations of Realtors as well as local associations such as the Greater Northwoods Association of Realtors, Realtors Association of Northwestern Wisconsin, the Central Wisconsin Board of Realtors, the Lake Superior Area Realtors, and the Upper Peninsula Association of Realtors.
Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Prior to his current position, Todd was a high school science instructor and coach. In his free time, Todd enjoys many outdoor activities with his family.
715.453.3274, ext. 327
He has extensive experience in designing and implementing varied timber and resource inventories, including detailed data acquisition, analysis, reporting, and modeling using state-of-the art hardware and software applications. He oversees cradle-to-grave services on forest carbon projects including project design, inventory, GIS and analysis, and modeling. With a deep knowledge of Lake States silviculture, particularly northern hardwood management, Forrest specializes in forestland real estate due diligence and investment analysis. He has also worked on analysis, inventory, and modeling assignments on projects located across the country from the northeast through the Adirondacks and Appalachia regions, to the western states, including Alaska.
715.453.3274, ext. 317
Haakon’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt include performing and overseeing all aspects of utility, renewable, and governmental acquisition and permitting projects. Haakon coordinates and ensures client expectations are met in relation to project budgeting, forecasting, schedule, and workflow to ensure successful completion on time and within budget. Additional duties include attending public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, preparing market studies, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues. As Operations Director, Haakon is also responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of the day-to-day activities of the Real Estate team. This includes reviewing, evaluating, and managing the acquisition process, ensuring due diligence and compliance with all client and statutory requirements, and ensuring project database and spatial solutions are current and correct.
In his free time, Haakon enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, brook trout fishing, and spending time outdoors.
715.453.3274, ext. 332
Tom was appointed in 2013 by the governor of Wisconsin to serve on the Wisconsin Council on Forestry; in 2019 he was appointed as the Chair of the Council. He served as State Chair for the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters (2014 – 2015), and also served as the State Chair for the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters (2017 – 2018). Tom is actively involved in forest policy matters and is an advocate for the forest industry, recently giving presentations to the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands-Board of Directors, Wisconsin Statewide Department of Natural Resources Forestry staff, and at regional and national Society of American Foresters conferences.
715.453.3274, ext. 314
Melissa’s responsibilities at Steigerwaldt includes overseeing the daily operations of the accounting and office administration departments. This includes financial statements preparation, budget completion, and financial goal implementation. In addition, she oversees the payroll and employee benefit administration. Melissa is always looking for process improvements to streamline the workflow for efficiency and effectiveness.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors in the Northwoods with her husband and dog. Some of her favorites are fishing, boating, camping, and snowmobiling.
715.453.3274, ext. 325
Joe specializes in oversight and execution for forest operations for our large private landowners (TIMO, REIT, and large private non-industrial ownerships). He is experienced in all aspects of Lake States silviculture, third-party certification systems (SFI and ATF), timber sale harvest planning, establishment, marketing, contracting, and administration, inventory execution and field oversight, forest road maintenance and improvement, and reforestation planning and contracting.
In his current role, Joe manages foresters in Steigerwaldt’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, office. He is responsible for operations oversight of approximately 175,000 acres of client-owned properties, as well as client and company budget management, client relationships, project management, staffing, procurement, and execution of business directives and expectations.
715.453.3274, ext. 304
Rob works from our Negaunee, MI office and is responsible for department oversight, staffing, procurement, and budget management. He brings over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Surveyor to the Steigerwaldt team. His well rounded background in survey project management includes experience in Construction Layout and As-Built, ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, Subsidence Surveying and Reporting, Cadastral Surveys, Government Corner Remonumentation, Boundary Surveys for Public and Private entities, Mine Tailings Impoundment Construction, and Underground Mine Construction and Excavation Calculations.
Rob’s hobbies include fishing, hunting (of course he’s a Yooper), college hockey, and gardening.
906.273.0661, ext. 103
As a Senior Forester, Ben’s current job duties include project supervision and land management for a variety of clients including non-industrial private landowners, investment companies, and government agencies. He is proficient at timber sale preparation and administration, management plan preparation, forest inventory, re-forestation, and Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation.
As the Environmental Director, Ben oversees a team of specialists who provide wetland delineation, permitting, environmental monitoring, invasive species control, and tree pest control services.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. Some of their favorite activities include camping, skiing, biking, and fishing.
715.453.3274, ext. 321