In his new role, Willey will oversee all lawn and pest operations, facilities, human resources and sales while owning the company’s profit and loss. He will also continue to shape and manage the company’s leadership development program which he started in 2019. Willey brings his natural people skills and high aptitude into his new COO roll, which will help achieve the company’s growth goals.
“I am so proud and thankful for all of Josh’s accomplishments over the last five years,” Jesson said. “I am looking forward to where his outstanding leadership will bring us over the next five years and beyond.”
Willey started at Green Lawn Fertilizing/Green Pest Solutions in June 20018 as a director of business development. He was promoted to senior vice president of operations after only five months with the company. Since joining the company, it has more than double in size from just under $13 million to over $30 million in revenue.
Willey also recently completed the general management program at Harvard Business School. During his time in the program, he competed in the general management program’s strategy finals and was selected as one of three winners out of over 110 fellow HBS students.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in the green industry, starting as a technician before moving into sales, and then management. Willey currently lives in Malvern, Pa., with his wife, Tracey, and five kids.