Starting Position: Retail Sales
Current Position: Wholesale Salesperson
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UW Stevens Point, 2016
B.S. Urban Forestry, minor in Economics
Permaculture Design Certificate
Erik started at Johnson’s Nursery in the fall of 2016 as a general retail sales employee. By the fall of 2017 he was promoted to Lead Retail Horticulturist due to his superhuman speed at answering phones. What he lacks in good jokes he makes up for with plant knowledge and a desire to collaborate with stakeholders in the pursuit of sustainable, beautiful landscapes. Erik also teaches at Gateway Technical College in his spare time to share his love for plants with the next generation of professionals.
What do you like most about working at Johnson's Nursery?
I could talk for days about how much I love my coworkers and the environment here, but I think the real reason I stick around is because they let me drive the golf carts.
In all seriousness, I love my job because Johnson’s Nursery grows people as well as it grows plants. I have learned so much from so many talented people since I started at the nursery and am grateful for the mentorship and camaraderie we share here. I can’t imagine having learned more about plants in the years since I graduated without the countless conversations and terrible plant puns I’ve shared with my coworkers.
Why would you recommend someone work here?
You will be surrounded by so many smart and talented people that you’d be hard-pressed to go home with nothing more than a paycheck. If you’re willing to learn, grow, and keep moving forward, you’ll have a place here.
Erik spends his off-time making things like models, gardens, stories, meals, beer, and friends.