Green Lawn Fertilizing/Pest Solutions Sr. VP of Operations Completes Stanford Business School Executive Program

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Josh Willey Completes Stanford COO Executive Program

Josh Willey Stanford
“I am so proud of Josh for completing Stanford University’s Executive COO Program. Josh’s ability to complete this program while balancing his responsibilities at Green Lawn & Green Pest and his family speaks to his great leadership abilities" says President/Owner Matt Jesson.

Joshua Willey, Sr. VP of Operations at Green Lawn Fertilizing / Green Pest Solutions completed a 3 month COO program from Stanford Business School.

To complete the executive education program at Stanford University, Josh had to go through twelve intense weeks of learning. This program included time on Stanford Business School campus and in-home learning including reading over 47 individual business case studies. The Stanford curriculum’s goal is to train executives in the latest thinking on business excellence and modern leadership; then turn new insights into action.

“I am so proud of Josh for completing Stanford University’s Executive COO Program. I believe strongly in continuing the education of my management team and sending executive leaders like Josh Willey to the very best business schools in the country. Josh’s ability to complete this program while balancing his responsibilities at Green Lawn & Green Pest and his family speaks to his great leadership abilities" says President/Owner Matt Jesson.

Willey has been with Green Lawn Fertilizing / Green Pest Solutions since June of 2017. During his tenure he has helped take the company from just over $11.5M to over $19M in annual revenue. As Sr. VP of Operations, Josh oversees our customer service and production departments along with our Lawn & Pest outside sales program. Josh came into the business with 16 years leadership experience in the green industry including operations, sales, customer service, HR, finance, and technical services in the Northeast and Midwest. Josh recently moved to Malvern, PA where he lives with his wife Tracey and five sons.

Green Lawn Fertilizing / Green Pest Solutions’ President and Owner Matt Jesson is someone who passionately believes in continuing education. Last year he completed a three year executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. The incredible value that Matt saw in that program for himself was a catalyst for wanting to send Josh to Stanford as well as other company leaders participating in top business school programs. VP of Lawn, John Guth is currently participating in a program at Cornell University and VP of Sales, Alex Wolfington is enrolled for December at Harvard Business School. Additionally several other members from the company leadership team are participating in a six part learning cohorts at the Midatlantic Employers’ Association. Jesson deserves a ton of credit for the people investment the company has made in the education space.

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Green Pest Solutions and Green Lawn Fertilizing is an independent lawn and pest control company that was founded in 2004. Under the leadership of Matt Jesson, President and Owner of Green Lawn Fertilizing / Green Pest Solutions, the company has grown to over 170 team members and over 100 service vehicles in its fleet. They have a mission to become the leader in the lawn and pest industry by providing superior customer service. Over the last several years, highly reputable publications have taken notice of the company succeeding in that mission. For seven of the last eight years the company received the Inc. 5000 award for being recognized as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the America. In 2018, Green Pest Solutions was named "Best of Philly Earth-Friendly Exterminator" by Philadelphia Magazine and in 2017 they were named "Best Pest Control” by Philly.com. In 2017, the company received the “Customer Service Excellence” Award by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. This past August the company was named as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Best Places to Work.

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