Jennifer Brookes has been working as a sales manager for Civic Trees since February 2013. Originally from North West Indiana near Chicago, Jennifer lived in Indianapolis until moving to the UK in December 2012.
Her role with Civic Trees sees her generating and managing sales leads from initial client discussion through to the sale and final installation. She is also responsible for after-care enquiries, inspections and overall client satisfaction.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Science from Purdue University in Indiana, she explains: “I specialised in landscape horticulture and design. It was a four year degree including courses in art and design, AutoCAD, surveying, biology and chemistry, tissue culture, genetics, entomology, pathology and soil science.
“I graduated in 2001 and went straight into a position as a trainee landscape designer with a garden centre in Indianapolis. I proceeded to work my way up through the company eventually becoming the managing designer and garden centre overseer.”
Jennifer came across Civic Trees while searching for a new job when she moved to the UK, she comments: “I checked out the website and was seriously impressed. I think you could say I was a little star-struck because I already knew how difficult it could be to do anything with semi-mature trees, let alone pick them up and move them around! I’ve known about tree spades for years but I never fail to be impressed when I see them in action, particularly Civic Trees’ 2.15m diameter spade!”
Jennifer’s job sees her visiting clients all over England and the places she gets to see are some of the favourite parts of her job, she says: “I’m in awe of the stately homes and estates I frequently visit in the course of my daily job. I love seeing the countryside while travelling between appointments and I am gaining a real appreciation for the hidden gems I discover while out and about in London.”
When she isn’t working Jennifer spends much of her spare time fundraising for Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels in Eaton Bray.