After graduating high school, John attended University of Wisconsin at Whitewater where he pursued a Bachelors of Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. After graduation, he accepted a position with a public accounting firm in Northbrook where he performed financial statement and compliance audits. After two years with the firm, John accepted a position with a firm in Crystal Lake where he continued to perform audits as well as tax and business consulting work. Two years later he accepted an offer to be the Controller of one of the largest family owned moving companies in the country. Realizing that client contact was one of the things he enjoyed most about public accounting he started looking for something new. It was about that time that his brother, Joel, was also making a job change. After much prayer and council from friends that he trusted, Creekside was started.
Joel Stauss, Owner
Upon completing high school, Joel attended McHenry County College for two years to obtain his certificate in Landscape and Nursery. After working for a nursery in Algonquin as a designer, he began a new job with a national company in the Chicagoland area. Here he worked his way up from a crew member to a project manager. After six years, it was time for a change. Joel then started with Creekside in 2000. At Creekside Joel focuses on customer satisfaction, quality control and crew set up.
Cindy Sharp, Office Manager
After having time off from the working world to raise her little ones, Cindy joined Creekside in 2002, where they offered her the flexibility of managing the office and being a mother. As the kids began school full time, she went full time as well. She makes the customer her number one priority making sure their current needs are being taken care of. Although she spends most of the day in front of the computer, she gladly awaits your phone call!
Jonathan Moore, Arborist
In a way, the green industry has always been apart of Jonathan's life. He grew up on a family farm working there through high school, and infrequently even today. He attended Rock Valley College for two years to attain an Associate in Science. During that time, Jonathan worked summers with the Winnebago County Forest Preserve at the Klehm Arboretum. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point with an emphasis in Urban Forestry, Parks and Recreation and Conservation Biology. During these years, he spent two summers with the U.S. Forest Service in the Shoshone National Forest. Since college he spent a brief time in California with a small tree care operation followed by several years with a large Chicagoland company. Looking to transition from field work to consulting/sales, he made the change to Creekside in November 2004. Excluding the family farm, he has been working in the green industry since 1996.
Jerry Jerome, Account Manager
Towards the end of highschool, Jerry started working for one of the largest landscape distributors in the midwest. After working there for 5 years, he started with a family owned landscape company for the next 2 years. Searching for other opportunities within the industry, he took a position working for a national landscape company as an Operations Manager. In the fall of 2008, Jerry joined the team at Creekside where his attention is devoted to customer satisfaction and quality work.