Lee Barclay, a stockholder, manages the Industrial Vegetation Division, heads up assignments for governmental contracts, large businesses and residential properties. These projects include roadside applications, right-of-ways, gas and power lines, athletic fields and estate lawns.
Lee became interested in agriculture while working at Ramsey’s Farm Supply in Morristown, Tenn., his hometown, while attending Walter State Community College. From there he attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics. Afterward, he was offered a position with Tipton County Co-op, where he became an expert on turf weed related issues.
Lee credits Mr. Franklin Black at the co-op for teaching him the business and how to interact with people, customers and employees. “Franklin Black is known and loved dearly throughout the county. He taught me how to love what I do and always have a kind heart,” Lee says.
The challenge in Industrial Vegetation Management is taking an over-brushed, ugly wasteland and turning it into a field of Bermuda. And this must be done with strict adherence to a defined budget. One of Lee’s favorite accounts is with Jim Smith, road superintendent for Fayette County. To convince Mr. Smith that Herbi-Systems could do a good job, Lee offered to provide 10-miles of roadside weed control, free of charge. At the time there was wall-to-wall Johnson grass that industrial mowers could not keep in check. When the Herbi-Systems weed control was completed, there was very little Johnson grass in sight, and in its place was a clean road shoulder of Bermuda. Herbi-Systems was awarded the contract to treat the entire county as a result.
Lee lives in Bartlett with his wife and two children. Besides being very involved with church, he enjoys deer hunting, camping with the family and ministry opportunities.