Name: Fred Lester

Hometown: DeSoto County

University(s) Attended and Major: Northwest Mississippi Community College

Family Status: Single

Length of Employment with Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc.: 4 years

I was attracted to work at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. because: I enjoy making things grow

Job Title: Supervisor for Commercial Maintenance

Primary Job Responsibilities: Ensuring that everyone is on task and that each landscaping job is done right

The best thing about my job is: Seeing a landscaping job before we start and the improvements after we end

My favorite project at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. is: Tanger Outlets in Southaven, Mississippi

I would describe the company culture and environment as: Positive

The most important thing I have learned from working in the landscape industry is: Learning when to plant different species of plants.

The best thing about living and working in Memphis/Mississippi is: Low crime rate

The biggest influence on my career has been: My manager, Joey

My short-term career goals include: Moving into a spray techician position

The most important characteristic of a leader is: Being a good, and organized, teacher

If I didn't work in the landscaping industry I would be: A Machinist

When I'm not at work I'm: Spending time with my daughters

It might surprise people, but: I have 8 fingers

If I won the lottery I would: Start my own landscaping business