Name: Stephen Shikle

University(s) Attended and Major: Mississippi State University

Family Status: Soon to be Married

Length of Employment with Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc.: 18 years

I was attracted to work at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. because: Michael's positive outlook to the future.

Job Title: Landscape Design and Sales

The best thing about my job is: Seeing my designs being built and being enjoyed.

My favorite project at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. is: Discovery Park of America and residential pool projects.

I would describe the company culture and environment as: A great place to work.

The best thing about living and working in Memphis/Mississippi is: Things to do and food choices.

My short-term professional goals include: Continuing education on new pool building technologies and new plant varieties.

The most important characteristic of a leader is: Consistency and integrity.

My one piece of advice to a new graduate or person seeking employment in the landscaping industry would be: Get real world experience.

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

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

If I won the lottery I would: Go fishing!