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 principal 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.
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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 three kids.
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.
Josh previously managed Steigerwaldt’s offices in Hayward, Wisconsin, Chilicothe, Ohio, and Negaunee, Michigan, where he had responsibility for oversight of up to 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 enjoys spending time with his family, deer hunting, searching for shed antlers, musky fishing, and coaching youth basketball.
715.699.1401, ext. 203
Richard has a broad forestry background having been employed at a consulting firm, a tribal government, an international land management company, a logging company, a paper mill, and a nature reserve. He has extensive experience in land management and data analysis specializing in large-tract timberland valuation. He has a broad skillset and range of knowledge including project management, contract negotiation and administration, data quality assurance/quality control, design and implementation of timber harvest and inventory programs, short- and long-term harvest planning, and assisting with land acquisitions and dispositions.
In his current role, Richard leads Steigerwaldt’s Appraisal Department and is responsible for managing appraisal project efforts and client relations. This includes numerous property types and valuation assignments including large timberland investment, energy, utility, and transportation clients, and various forest and resource valuation projects.
715.453.3274, ext. 340
Dani holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.
Prior to her current position, Dani was a Restoration Ecologist overseeing the Stewardship department for a small native landscaping and environmental restoration firm in southeastern Wisconsin.
In her free time, Dani hikes with her dog Ducky. She hopes to make use of the Northwood’s lakes this summer to teach him how to kayak. She also takes time to do outreach and educate the public on Wisconsin’s native ecology as a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. When she isn’t looking at plants, she also enjoys leading 4H projects, crochet, embroidery, photography, and ceramics.
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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.
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Jacki's primary responsibilities include company budgeting, financial reporting, and general accounting activities of our various entities. Other responsibilities include producing timely and accurate financial reports, working with department directors on budgeting and variance analysis, fixed asset accounting, tax accounting, supervising employees in the accounting department, oversight of outsourced payroll, and maintaining computerized accounting systems.
In her free time, Jacki enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing, camping, and scrapbooking.
715.453.3274, ext. 320
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
He has over 30 years of forestry consulting experience and served as Steigerwaldt’s Forestry and GIS Operations Director for 15 years prior to his current position. In this previous role, he was responsible for management of over 350,000 acres of client-owned timberland. He has a wide range of expertise in forest management and timberland real estate gained from years of hands-on consulting and forest management efforts on small and large private forestlands, and for county, state, federal, tribal, utility, investment, and conservancy clients. Tom’s experience includes due diligence for timberland acquisitions, resource analysis and forest management planning, systems development and implementation, and management scenario modeling on a variety of consulting projects. He has appeared as an expert witness, testifying on timber volumes, values, and forest management practices for clients in Marquette County, Michigan, and Adams, Washburn, Portage, and Langlade Counties, Wisconsin, and has worked on numerous other projects settled prior to court.
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
Chris received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of Tennessee. He worked for the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis unit before moving to the private industry. He also worked in procurement at a coastal plastic resin manufacturer before moving to serve as Wood Sourcing Manager where he managed a large sourcing operation over seven states.
Chris specializes in managing forestry operations from a technical perspective as well as interpersonally. He is experienced in a variety of inventory and research methods and carries a wide-reaching network of industry professionals. Some of his skillsets include forest data acquisition, GIS solutions, analysis, reporting, communications, team management, budgeting, and strategic planning. His experience has been primarily focused across the 13 most southeastern states in the US, with work relating to both southern Appalachian hardwoods and southern pine species.
Chris enjoys spending time with friends and family in addition to a variety of hobbies including fishing, surfing, jiu jitsu, boxing, and music.
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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, he is responsible for supporting the Forest Opertions division through technical support on timberland operations, providing training and guidance to field personnel, and providing safety program oversight for field personnel.
Prior to his current position, Joe was Regional Operations Director.
In his free time, Joe enjoys supporting his kids in their extra-curricular activities and being active outdoors.
715.453.3274, ext. 304
Derek earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 2012. Prior to enrolling at UWSP, Derek enlisted in the U.S. Army from 2005 to 2007. Derek is a member of the Society of American Foresters, a cooperating forester, and a Certified Plan Writer for the Wisconsin DNR; he has also earned his FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot license.
Derek specializes in all aspects of timber sale setup and administration on a variety of timber types for clients including non-industrial private landowners, investment companies, and government agencies. Derek assists on timber inventory projects nationwide by providing logistical planning, as well as performing fieldwork. Derek also supports teams that monitored the implementation of forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) in Michigan and Minnesota.
In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and kids. Some of their favorite activities include traveling, biking, camping, and fishing.
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Janet began her career as a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service and went on to earn an M.S. and PhD from Michigan Technological University in Landscape Ecology. From there, she spent 25 years as a professor at Washington State University and the University of WI-Madison where she taught GIS, landscape ecology, and regional design courses. In this role, she also led research projects and traveled around the Great Lakes region, Asia, Switzerland, and Washington State.
Most recently, before joining the team at Steigerwaldt, Janet founded and ran a private consulting business for Geodesign.
Outside of work, Janet most enjoys water-based activities, liquid or frozen: swimming, paddling, ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing.
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