Chippers: Sean Smith
As you travel the road of life with all its twists and turns and you are fortunate enough to navigate the perfect fit in your career choice, life is indeed good. As the old adage goes: “If you love your job, you never have to work a day in your life.”
That appears to be the case for Sean Smith who 16 years ago arrived on the doorstep of Chippers, Inc. in Woodstock, Vermont. It was primarily his love of the outdoors that sealed his fate.
“I have always loved working and being outside close to nature,” Sean explained. “I don’t think I could ever stand working in an office environment. My wife Sara wanted to move to Vermont to be close to relatives and when that happened I applied at Chippers. I recall in those days we had about 10 employees and we had one pickup truck, a chipper and a tractor. Now we have over 70 employees spread out over three locations in Vermont and New Hampshire.”
Chippers provides professional tree, turf, garden, land, forest and maple services… a perfect match for Sean who studied Forestry and Agriculture at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
“I love every aspect about working at Chippers. They treat you like family and I can’t wait to get to work each day. It’s not like going to an ordinary job; it is more like getting together with family.”
Asked to describe his duties, Sean was quick to reply.
“I guess I would do about anything that needed doing,” he chuckled. “I’ve done everything from Crew Leader, Foreman, Trainer, and Safety Coordinator. I am currently the Supervisor for the Turf Division.”
Sean and his wife Sara have two boys, Caden age 10 and Cian age 17