Name: Pamela Whitley

Hometown: Prosperity, Pennsylvania

University(s) Attended and Major: Endicott College - Advertising, Tennessee State University - Ornamental Horticulture

Family Status: Single

Length of Employment with Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc.: 13 years

I was attracted to work at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. because: I had just moved to Memphis and wanted to work in the horticulture and landscape industry.

Job Title: Director of Horticulture and Outreach

Primary Job Responsibilities: Development of new service line implemented to bring awareness to a growing trend surrounding horticulture and community outreach.

The best thing about my job is: Using my experience and education to make recommendations, in regards to ornamental landscape plants, that exceed customer needs and expectations.

My favorite project at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. is: I don't have one, but I've always enjoyed residential cleanups where a team of employees transform a landscape through extensive pruning.

I would describe the company culture and environment as: Fast paced and always changing.

The most important thing I have learned from working in the landscape industry is: The better the foundation, the better the result.

The best thing about living and working in Memphis/Mississippi is: There is always something fun to do.

The biggest influence on my career has been: The work ethic I learned on the farm.

My short-term career goals include: Completing my natualist training.

The most important characteristic of a leader is: Strength of character.

My one piece of advice to a new graduate or person seeking employement in the landscaping industry would be: Try to get as much experience in the field as you can in order to build your knowledge.

If I didn't work in the landscaping industry I would be: A pastry chef.

When I'm not at work I'm: Working in my garden.

It might surprise people but: I grew up on a sheep farm.

If I won the lottery I would: Give a lot to charitable organizations and my church, build a house with my perfect garden with room for a donkey and buy a new vehicle for all my close friends.