Season 6 | Forestry Consultants | Episode 5

#90 | Leaders evolve from a chain of events and a series of decisions

December 12, 2018 | Tom Hittle, ACF

Tom Hittle, ACF, is a forester with over 30 years of experience as a forestry consultant and is Senior Vice President, Project Coordination and Business Development at Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc., in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. Tom’s expertise includes due diligence for timberland acquisitions; resource analysis and forest management planning; and systems development and implementation. His consulting projects for Steigerwaldt range across the United States, and he represents his firm in serving the forestry community working with a variety of partners to promote Wisconsin forestry. Tom is a SAF and ACF Member and has served in leadership positions for both organizations, and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. You don’t want to miss what he has to say when it comes consulting forestry, leadership, ACF, careers and what he looks for in new talent. Listen below and subsribe today!

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] A message from Leadership Nature.

[1:45] A quick intro about Tom’s background.

[3:50] How did Tom get into forestry and natural resources?

[6:00] What kind of work has Tom done over the years?

[8:10] What’s the most interesting part about being a consulting forester?

[9:20] Tom shares the types of technology he works with in his field.

[10:55] Tom has a lot of fun on the job! He shares some of the things he’s enjoyed the most about his job so far.

[12:55] Tom shares a little bit about the history of Steigerwaldt Land Services.

[15:15] What advice does Tom have for those who want to become a forestry consultant?

[20:25] What types of challenges do forestry consultants face?

[24:15] Tom shares how he uses his introversion to his advantage while on the job!

[26:00] What was it like when Tom first started supervising people?

[27:15] What is one leadership lesson Tom wished he learned sooner?

[28:55] Tom shares the types of mentors he has had throughout his career.

[32:25] Tom has been working hard to develop relationships with students early on in their career, even if they don’t have a position currently open at the moment.

[35:35] Tom recommends watching the Apollo 13 movie!

Mentioned in This Episode:
Tom’s Website: www.Steigerwaldt.com
Tom on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-hittle-b4208416/
ACF Website: www.ACF-foresters.org
Movie: Apollo 13


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