Josh Burling has been with Steigerwaldt for thirteen years and currently holds the title of Chief Operations Officer.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
I think three skills I’m proud of that help the team would be communication, drive/work ethic, and reliability.
Which projects that you have worked on have been the most enjoyable?
The most rewarding project I was able to participate in was the Ohio Office experience. We managed over 120,000 acres of client-owned lands in southeastern Ohio for about 4 years. It was an incredible opportunity to work with an outstanding team (client and SLSers), to be challenged daily, and to learn and grow personally and professionally. I have a ton of gratitude for having gotten the chance to be a steward of the resource for the largest industrial ownership in the state of Ohio.
What are your biggest accomplishments at Steigerwaldt?
For clients some of our biggest wins I have contributed to have been the ability to develop dynamic retail lands sales programs for a number of clients which incorporate both timber management and land sales objectives. Seeing these programs be successful for both our team and our clients has been very rewarding. For the SLS team some of our biggest wins have been the work we’ve collectively done to improve our organization including the MVVP work, the updated employee handbook and PTO policy, and the investments in software programs. I’m very proud of our team and specifically having been able to contribute to the opportunities several team members have earned to further shine in their careers.
What is your favorite Steigerwaldt value and why?
Drive. I just really relate to it. I enjoy the challenge of seeing how hard I can push myself both professionally and personally.
How do you see this value in action at work?
Well, I think it has helped with just production-type goals over my career, but more so I believe drive helps us battle through adversity. Things are always changing, and there are continuously new challenges to drive through and rise above.