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Thomas Jernigan – PresidentCurrently partnering as Owner/Operator of Bur Oak Group, Inc., started his career in the landscape profession in 1985 as a laborer for one of the largest landscaping companies in this area. As Tom’s knowledge and experience expanded, so did his responsibilities. He has held various leadership positions with reputable landscape companies including Supervisor, Foreman and General Manager. He has had responsibility for maintenance, swing and snow crews of up to 200 associates. Tom was recognized in achieving 95% customer retention, attributable to his knowledge, professionalism and customer service.
Tom has attended continuing education courses dedicated to the landscape industry, as well as management and business related courses. He received his Certified Arborist License in 1999 and Mauget Certification in the winter of 2002. Tom has been an active member of the Illinois Arborist Association since 1999.
Michael Jernigan – Vice PresidentCurrently partnering as Owner/Operator of Bur Oak Group, Inc., Mike started his career in the landscaping industry in 1987. He has held various positions with large landscape companies including Laborer, Foreman, Customer Service Manager and General Manager. He has had responsibility for maintenance and snow crews, overseeing 160 associates. Mike is most recognized for his quality production and outstanding customer service.
Mike has attended continuing education courses to increase his supervisory and management skills, as well as classes specific to the landscape industry. He presently maintains his Pesticide Applicator License and received Mauget Certification in the winter of 2002.
Bill Wegener – Sales ManagerBill’s start in the industry was with ChemLawn in 1979 as a Service Route Associate in what is known as the “green industry”. By 1988 he was promoted to Assistant Facility Manager.
In 1992, Bill took a position with a marketing firm which promoted various products for the auto industry which took him all over the United States and Canada.
In 1996, a position as Account Manager with a Chicagoland based company brought Bill back into the “turf industry” and in 2000 Bill was asked to join a competitor as their Senior Account Manager.
Bur Oak Group, Inc. was fortunate to have Bill join their staff in the Spring of 2006 as their Sales Manager.
Tony Arguijo – Production ManagerTony started his career in the industry in April 1990 as a laborer. Proving himself with hard work and dedication he was promoted the following season to Foreman and in 1994 to Production Manager. Tony has worked with several well known companies in the Chicagoland area.
Tony started with Bur Oak Group, Inc. in 2006.
Sue Smith – Office ManagerSue has 30+ years of Administrative/Office Management experience. Twenty-seven of those years working for a leader in the engineering/residential building industry. Starting as an Administrative Manager in 1979 reporting directly to the Regional Chief Engineer, she supported an engineering staff of five. In 1981 she was promoted to Office Manager, performing such tasks as Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Human Resources, Management Reporting, Production Support and Sales Support. In 1999, Sue was asked to join a Project Team to review and select a new computer system for the companies U.S. and Canadian sites. After the system selection was made, she joined the Computer System Implementation Team which did company specific system setup, testing and training for all U.S. and Canadian site employees.
Sue started with Bur Oak Group, Inc. in June of 2007.
Justin Jernigan – Production ManagerJustin officially joined Bur Oak Group, Inc. in April 2001 as a laborer. He brought with him may years of experience in the landscape field, to include backyard training since he was very young. He has taken multiple classes to further his knowledge and will soon be studying for the certified arborist test which is highly regarded in the landscape profession.
Justin works extremely hard and does whatever it takes to get the job done. You'll often find him out in the field applying the final touches to a job; or you might find him in the shop maintaining the equipment.
He's always been an outdoorsman, he appreciates the beauty of finely manicured landscapes with their colorful flowers; in general, he enjoys the outdoors and all our environment has to offer Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
Josh JerniganJosh graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2008. Josh began working for Bur Oak Group, Inc. in June of 2008, performing many administrative tasks as well as handling management of crews and sales. He is currently enrolled in DePaul's MBA program to expand his knowledge base and help Bur Oak Group, Inc. continue its path to success.
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