Name: Steve Strickland

Hometown: Olive Branch, Mississippi

Family Status: Married with 3 dogs.

Length of Employment with Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc.: 15 years

I was attracted to work at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. because: of both my family and passion to work with my hands.

Job Title: Head Mechanic

Primary Job Responsibilities: I am responsible for maintaining and fixing the equipment.

The best thing about my job is: I work with both my family and my hands.

My favorite project at Michael Hatcher & Associates, Inc. is: The spray rig that I assembled.

I would describe the company culture and environment as: Busy but fun.

The most important thing I have learned from working in the landscape industry is: The importance of taking your time for a good product.

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

The biggest influence on my career has been: My grandfather who was an aircraft mechanic and I learned from and worked with for 10 years.

My short-term career goals include: Me learning Spanish.

The most important characteristic of a leader is: Not being afraid to step out of the way and listening to everyone.

My one piece of advice to a new graduate or person seeking employment in the landscaping industry would be: To be prepared to work.

If I didn't work in the landscaping industry I would be: The owner of my own mechanic shop or an aircraft mechanic.

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

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