Our Roots: Jon Andreas
Jon Andreas has been with Steigerwaldt for four years, and currently holds the title of Tree Farm Operations Director.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Driven, Flexible, Helpful
Which projects that you have worked on have been the most enjoyable?
Harvest every year is the most fun and rewarding project that I have worked on.
What are your biggest accomplishments at Steigerwaldt?
A big accomplishment was successfully completing my first harvest with very limited resources and unfavorable weather conditions. The crew had very little experience, myself included, and we were able to harvest a record number of trees, 10,500, for Steigerwaldt Tree Farms at the time. A big win was in 2020, during the height of COVID we were able to have a very successful harvest and retail season. We assembled an amazing harvest crew that work extremely well together. Another big win is since I started we reduced our retail lots to create efficiency and had one of our most profitable years in 2021.
What is your favorite Steigerwaldt value and why?
Flexibility. On the tree farm and in life things can change quickly and you have to be flexible in order to adapt and adjust so you can succeed.
How do you see this value in action at work?
On tree farm the projects can be very weather dependent. If the weather forecast calls for one thing and in reality it’s something else you have to be flexible with your plans.