Meet The Owner of Mullica Hill!
James and his wife, Michelle met 22 years ago. They have lived in Salem county for the past 17 years. They truly feel they have lived a blessed life. Michelle was able to leave her career in the travel industry and focus her time as a full-time mom. They have been blessed with two beautiful children, Mia (17 years old) and Dominic (15 years old). James has spent the better part of his 28-year career with the Swedish furniture giant, IKEA. 15 of those years working in IKEA’s global supply chain organization rising to the level of Deputy Director of North American operations. It became apparent to him after 15 years, that he needed a change, so he transferred to the IKEA Property organization where he served as Senior Project Leader for IKEA Retail expansion. He took the lead role in building four IKEA stores in five years. Those were exciting times for James, but as the age of E-commerce grew, the need for large retail stores deflated. James and Michelle began to pray and look for the next chapter in their lives. With the demand for travel in James’ career being high, he never was able to have the time to become a part of the community that he has always adored. James and Michelle knew the next chapter in their lives needed to afford them the opportunity to become a part of the community that they have called home for so long.
James has always found working with his hands in the fresh air has been a source of decompression and relaxation. As a young adult, James had the opportunity to work in residential lawn care, commercial landscape installation and nursery, as well as being on a team that was task to build an Arnold Palmer Professional golf course. So, when the opportunity to buy a well-respected locally owned and operated landscape management franchise came around, James and Michelle knew this would be the next chapter in our lives.
IKEA is well known for their core company values that center around, being humble, respect, leading by example. When James and Michelle discovered the Neighborly Company, they spent time meeting with the company’s executives at their headquarter in Waco, TX. They immediately knew this was the company they needed to invest.
The Neighborly company values are simple C.A.R.E.
“We show that we care by putting the needs of our Customers first, by always having a positive and helpful Attitude, and by treating everyone and everything with Respect. By living our code of values, we Enjoy life in the process.”
The mission for James and Michelle is to create a company that values the customer experience at the highest level, while maintaining an organization that holds its co-workers as the companies most valued resource. You do this by living the values that are the foundation of the Neighborly Company.