Meet Lauren Howell, Director of Employee Development

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Lauren is the Director of Employee Development but has worn many hats in her 8.5 years she has been with Bemus. Lauren has been in the commercial landscape industry for 13.5 years and in the green industry for 24 years. She has a BS degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an MS degree in Horticulture from Purdue University. Lauren has a tremendous wealth of knowledge in our industry and is a great asset to our team.

  1. Where are you from?  Born outside of Chicago, Illinois; raised in Orange, CA.
  2. How many siblings do you have?  Three — two sisters and a brother.
  3. How do you maintain your work/life balance? How is that working for you?  You really want me to answer this one?!?  I try to focus on work when I’m at work and home when I’m at home.  This sometimes leads me to staying late (I’m at my best after 2 pm and on into the night!) I’m feeling creative and on a roll getting a project completed.
  4. What is your superpower? I think I’m good at listening and hearing what the real “need” in a request or conversation is. And then I am very diligent in my response to be certain I am clear and responsive in speaking to what my employees or clients need from me.
  5. What do you do for fun when you are not working? Hmmmm…out playing and talking with friends; watching the Cubs play baseball (I’m a diehard fan since birth!); I love to sew, but haven’t had time to do much recently. . .it on my list to do some this winter!
  6. You’re a new addition to the crayon box.  What color would you be and why?  I would have to be a green crayon . . . let’s call it Dreamy Green!
  7. What inspires you?  Seeing employees have a vision for their future and watching them learn and grow to be successful taking on their net challenge!  Really seeing anyone do this – reach for their dreams by digging in and working for them!
  8. What do you think about garden gnomes?  I LOVE THEM!!
  9. How long have you been with Bemus?  8.5 years
  10. How long have you been in the industry?  13.5 years in Commercial Landscape Industry, 24 years in the Green Industry
  11. What’s your education background in the industry?  BS Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and MS Horticulture from Purdue University.

Bemus Landscape provides commercial and HOA landscape maintenance services to properties throughout Orange County, San Diego County and the Inland Empire.