Voted Best of Omaha for 2023!
We are grateful and proud to have been voted Best of Omaha for 2023. This is out 8th Best of Omaha win and we couldn't be more humbled by the support of our community for their votes. Thanks, Omaha!
We are proud to share that our very own Jake Popham has been featured in the Nebraska Arborists Association's newsletter in the Arborist Spotlight! You can read the article below.
"Jake wonderfully exemplifies what it means to be an Arbor Aesthetics employee by acting on our Core Values: Ownership, Courage, and Show up and Serve.”
By Alyssa Brodersen, NAA Executive Director
We asked for nominations, and membership delivered. This issue’s spotlight goes to Jake Popham of Omaha, NE!
Jake was nominated for the Arborist Spotlight by a team member at Arbor Aesthetics Tree Service. Jake has been with Arbor Aesthetics Tree Service since December of 2020 and became a Nebraska Arborist Association member in August 2021 and a Nebraska Certified Arborist in February 2022.
Jake began his career path working at a Menards Greenhouse where he learned the basics of plants through a retired nurseryman. He then pivoted by working at a family-owned wood shop manufacturing various products.
When Covid struck, Jake was forced to find a new job (like many during that time). Jake found his footing at a local nursery, Tree Shrubs and More, where he soon realized that he wanted to take care of larger trees, instead of potted nursery stock. After hearing more about tree work and what it was like to be in the industry from a salesman at Davey Tree, Jake began to research businesses in his area and joined the team at Arbor Aesthetics. During his time at Arbor Aesthetics, Jake has attended Arborist School, the 2022 Winter Conference and 2022 Field Day. Jake is now a crew leader and climber for the company.
When I asked the team at Arbor Aesthetics about Jake they said: “Jake is a fast and eager learner and is always excited to gain new skills - not just in the trees but also in our shop, taking on maintenance of our vehicles and small engines. Jake wonderfully exemplifies what it means to be an Arbor Aesthetics employee by acting on our Core Values: Ownership, Courage, and Show up and Serve.”
The co-worker that nominated Jake said: “Jake has been a great asset to the Arbor Aesthetics team. He is always willing to learn something new, take on ownership of tasks, and is overall a team player. He is one of our field trainers and takes pride in teaching new employees how to safely operate on a jobsite. Whether he is hauling brush, cleaning up the jobsite, demonstrating proper pruning cuts or climbing, he takes every opportunity he has to help others learn. He is also learning how to keep our equipment operational and running and has been a great asset in fixing any issue that may come up with our chippers to avoid breakdowns on the jobsite.”
Jake’s wife, Claudia, is a teacher in Omaha Public Schools where she teaches the Spanish side in the dual language program. She is an amazing woman who has supported Jake in his various career changes. Their daughter, Natalie, is now two years old and has taken a liking to grabbing tree leaves and fruit. Jake says that she is a future arborist in the making!
When I asked Jake why he choose Arboriculture he said: “I wanted to become the solution to the issues that I was causing because of nursery sales. We are selling poor nursery stock, bad species, and improperly planting them in the wrong spots. Instead of adding to our tree problems, I wanted to remedy these
issues by trimming and removing.”
When I asked Jake what he loved the most about his career he said: “There’s a feeling you get, climbing to the top of a massive tree and just looking at the world around you, hearing the birds and feeling the wind. Everything we do as arborists is so engaging and fun, I can’t find myself doing anything else as a career. I feel so alive doing what I do.”
Jake is a great example of the hard working, dedicated people that work in the arborist industry and have a true passion for trees and caring for them. If you know an arborist who is exceptional in the industry please nominate them by filling out the Arborist Spotlight form at https://www.nearborists.org/newsletters and sending it into the Nebraska Arborists Association office so that we can continue to showcase our members and all of the great work that they do.
We believe we are the face of tree services in Omaha, Nebraska, which is why we're honored to again be featured in Omaha Magazine's "Faces of Omaha." We're always searching for ways to improve our customer experience, create a fantastic workplace for our hard working crew, and serve the Omaha community. To us, it's about so much more than trees.
Read the issue digitally here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/00_facesofomaha_2021/10
2020 sure threw us for a loop, and we were hoping 2021 would cut us some slack. When it came to completing our 2020 Gift of Beautiful Trees projects after the holidays, the weather just wasn't cooperating. At some point, it got to be so late in the spring that we decided to wait to take "after" photos so we could at least get some leaves on the trees for the full effect. We're glad we did! So, we're a little late sharing this - but better late than never!
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We were again overwhelmed with nominations for our Gift of Beautiful Trees program for 2020, and no doubt, the pandemic contributed to hard times for so many families in our community. We were both heartbroken and touched to hear about how many were struggling last year, and just how many people were looking out for their friends, families and neighbors. Even perfect strangers submitted nominations for people they'd never met, but knew they could use a helping hand.
When Jeff and I review nominations, we use a loose scoring matrix to help us narrow down the projects based on the personal story that is submitted, how dire the need is in terms of safety, and whether or not our company is well-suited for the project with the resources and equipment we have.
When we came across this struggling Cottonwood, we knew immediately that we HAD to do something. This tree was full of dead limbs over the street, sidewalk, driveway and house where the nominee and her daughter frequented. The result is beautiful and the tree is now an incredible historical feature and anchor point of the neighborhood - not an eyesore or hazard. The nominee was so grateful to not have to worry anymore.
Our second selected nomination was an anonymous submission, tipping us off to a family who had weathered extensive and very unexpected health challenges in 2020. The husband, Nick, showed up for his family in big ways and worked long, hard hours to provide for them during this time. When we saw just how many trees were in their backyard that needed attention, we were anxious to help. We visited a couple of months later to grab a photo after the trees had leafed-out and were so thrilled with the results of their beautiful, park-like backyard.
As always, these projects are always about so much more than trimming and removing trees. We're showing up and serving our community (one of our company values!) and fulfilling our mission of Creating Connections through Trees. We're sharing our gifts however we can, and we are thankful to our community for supporting our business so that we can support our community in return.
We are privileged to be included in the 2020 edition of the Scout Guide Omaha! The Scout Guide highlights premier independent businesses like ours in the Omaha metro. Give us a shout if you'd like a copy or two - we're happy to share! These books are beautiful and look great on your coffee table. They are filled with stunning captures of the wonderful people who enrich our city with their special talents and services! SHOP LOCAL!
We're again honored to be included in Omaha Magazine's "Faces of Omaha." 15 years into our journey, we're still coming up with better ways to serve our clients, create a great place to work for our employees, and create a higher standard of tree care by educating our staff and clients about arboriculture.
Amy Grewe, Certified Arborist & Co-Owner