• Volume 18 Number 2
    Spring 2009

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49.
Scott Jamieson, BS ’84
 Arlington Heights, Ill.  •  Profiled: Winter ’08

Tree company executive

Scott Jamieson as been “green” almost as long as Kermit the Frog.

“In this time of ‘green is in,’ agriculture has always been the original green,” Jamieson says.

Becoming an urban forester was “a great opportunity to do something you love, help others, and make a great living.”

Jamieson was president and CEO of The Care of Trees, a national company with more than 500 employees based near Chicago.Scott Jamieson

Since he shared his story with Connections readers in 2008, The Care of Trees was sold. Now he is the vice president of corporate partnerships and national recruiting for Bartlett Tree Experts, the largest residential/commercial tree care firm in the world with more than 1,500 employees in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain.

In Purdue’s forestry and natural resources department, Jamieson learned that agriculture “is not just about corn and soybeans. In forestry, it is about maintaining and expanding one of our greatest natural resources for the benefit of the greatest recipients — us, humanity.”

As an undergraduate, Jamieson envisioned spending a portion of his career in the treetops of a faraway ranger station in a national forest.

But as he climbed the corporate ladder instead of a ranger station ladder, Jamieson learned a big part of the tree business was dealing with people.

leaf“I thought I would be working with trees more than people, but I have come to learn that it really is about the people and how they relate to trees.”

It has given him perspective on his industry, too.

“What we do is perhaps not as important as fighting homelessness or world hunger, or curing cancer,” Jamieson acknowledges, “but I think it’s pretty cool to be able to make a living by making the world a better place by caring for trees.

“There’s more to this than just having a good career; it is about making a difference for others while we are here.”