I started brushmowing with a very small garden tractor in 1997. I was 12 years old.
Fast forward through junior high school, senior high school, FFA and endless hours on my tractor, both in my own business efforts and in my part time job at the large alpaca ranch on Camano, to age 20…when the company became an incorporated entity and I turned my attention full-time to servicing the brushmowing and excavation needs of the Camano and Stanwood community property owners.
Austin’s Lend-A-Hand’s customer base has grown to over 600!
I serve individuals, road/water/homeowners’ associations, utilities, municipal entities such as Fire Departments, community organizations such as the Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds and Housing Hope.
Engaged in the Community
Austin’s Lend-A-Hand is a member of the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce; I serve as a member of the Stanwood-Camano Fair Board; and am President of my neighborhood’s Road and Water Association. I enjoy judging occasionally for local 4-H and FFA members in alpaca competitions and am called upon to act as a judge for Stanwood High School FFA events when needed.
I and my family participate in the Camano Island Chili-Chowder Cook-Off to promote Austin’s Lend-A-Hand and have fun with community members…which Austin’s Lend-A-Hand has won “by a landslide” several times! Great fun! You will also find me at the Stanwood-Camano Fair each year with a couple pieces of my equipment, saying hello to old friends and shaking hands with new ones. Supporting our local fair is important and I am proud to do so.
In the Neighborhood
While I mostly work on Camano and in Stanwood, I occasionally wander out of the immediate area for a job, but the lion’s share of my work is very local. Everything I do, from brushcutting the briars of summertime to clearing the snows of winter is my privilege, serving my customers from my “office” with views that can’t be beat…and which change, every single day.
I never forget that my business is no business at all without my customers…and I try to put myself in their shoes, asking myself how I can serve them the best way possible, each and every time I am lucky enough to be called upon to serve them.