Lee started Bushong Property Services with his wife Angela in 1997 and twenty years later, he’s just as dedicated to the business as he was in the beginning. Lee is the main contact for all landscape and irrigation installations and has over 18 years of experience in irrigation design and over 16 years experience in landscape design. He is a licensed Irrigation Contractor and Low Voltage Lighting Installer in the state of Wyoming.
What’s his favorite part about the job? It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing, he enjoys irrigation troubleshooting, building berms, placing trees, plowing snow at night, grooming cross country ski trails, solving issues for homeowners and the satisfaction of knowing his business is able to help people with the services they need.
When Lee was just 10 years old, he helped out at his family’s Ford dealership in his hometown in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia. When he wasn’t in school or playing with friends he was happily washing cars or shoveling snow off vehicles in the winter.
His pay? “One dollar an hour.”
When he was older, Lee worked at the dealership as a service writer and enjoyed talking with customers in the morning and seeing them again in the afternoon when they were happy for the services Lee, his family, and the other employees were able to provide. Working in the service industry seemed to be his calling and then, when he was just 21, his father passed away and Lee decided it was time to try something new and different and so, he headed west to Wyoming.
When Lee first arrived he lived in Bondurant packing horses across the countryside. “It was one of the greatest things I’ve ever done in my life; I was out in the wilderness, living it every day.”
After a year of packing horses, Lee headed north to Jackson and worked for a landscaping company. Shortly after, he joined the Jaycee’s local chapter in Jackson and voluntarily helped with projects around town including the annual pancake breakfast on the fourth of July. In 1996, he became Vice President and was later elected President. From 2002 to 2003, he represented the Jackson Jaycees at the state level as VP of Jaycees-Wyoming. He says his experience with the Jaycees was priceless and taught him many skills and lessons pertinent to business and in life.
When Lee isn’t working, you might find him rafting on the Snake River in Teton National Park or at home smoking BBQ Pork Shoulder on his Green Egg grill.