Turfgrass & Landscape Management alumnus Matt Giese
Turfgrass & landscape management alumnus Matt Giese talks about how earning a degree from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture helped prepare him for a career as a technical service manager at Syngenta Professional Solutions.
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[00:00:04.030]My name is Matt Giese, I'm a technical service manager
[00:00:07.550]for Syngenta Professional Solutions
[00:00:10.680]for the Midwest region of the United States.
[00:00:14.840]I've always had a passion for plants
[00:00:17.960]and part of that's probably related to my rural background
[00:00:21.850]here in the state, but really my first exposure
[00:00:26.190]to turf grass management was a campus job here
[00:00:31.100]on east campus with the University of Nebraska Agronomy
[00:00:34.960]and Horticulture Department Research Laboratory.
[00:00:38.860]That really opened up a lot of opportunities
[00:00:42.020]for me within the turf grass industry and shaped, I think,
[00:00:45.980]and focused my interests in turf grass
[00:00:49.120]for the career that I enjoy today.
[00:00:52.760]A lot of the experiences that I had during that time,
[00:00:57.430]those opportunities continue to happen
[00:01:00.540]in my current position,
[00:01:02.790]whether that would be international travel,
[00:01:05.180]domestic travel, research collaborations
[00:01:08.270]with other university scientists, networking,
[00:01:11.960]all of those are really part of what I do on a daily basis
[00:01:17.120]and enjoy that immensely.
[00:01:23.330]The most satisfying component for me is being able
[00:01:26.940]to help other people and through this position
[00:01:30.630]and through the experiences that I've had here
[00:01:35.030]at the University of Nebraska,
[00:01:36.870]it's been fantastic to help others help reach their goals.
[00:01:41.220]And when you're able to do something like that,
[00:01:44.810]that really allows you to watch them reach their goal,
[00:01:49.230]help them through that process, and to me,
[00:01:51.780]that's extremely empowering.
[00:02:01.510]I'm grateful for my multitude of experiences
[00:02:04.850]here at Nebraska.
[00:02:07.340]While today's problems aren't necessarily solved
[00:02:10.700]from a textbook, I can draw upon the experiences
[00:02:15.360]that I had while I was here from my foundation of knowledge
[00:02:19.730]and leverage the relationships that I also forged with staff
[00:02:24.480]and professors here at Nebraska,
[00:02:28.140]and through that combination, we can tackle these issues
[00:02:33.160]that maybe wouldn't necessarily be able to do so otherwise.
[00:02:37.420]And so because of those relationships,
[00:02:40.160]because of that networking, really allows us
[00:02:43.360]to focus on what our customers really need
[00:02:48.630]at the end of the day and that's solving problems.
[00:02:51.460]And again, that is a extremely empowering feeling.
[00:03:00.200]Syngenta works on a daily basis trying to improve the lives
[00:03:06.690]of people where they work, where they play, where they live,
[00:03:11.930]and that's not an overnight process.
[00:03:14.470]It takes preparation, it takes time, it takes resources,
[00:03:19.210]it takes energy to do that, and that is the grit,
[00:03:25.630]that's what we do to grind through that.
[00:03:28.930]But the payoff is seeing that goal come to fruition,
[00:03:33.660]seeing that vision come true and that's the glory.
[00:03:37.870]And when we think about in our grit, in our glory,
[00:03:42.400]that aligns perfectly with what we look at at Syngenta,
[00:03:46.490]how we treat our customers,
[00:03:48.210]how we bring out new solutions
[00:03:51.490]and how at the end of the day,
[00:03:53.390]helping others protect the environment
[00:03:55.900]and really focus on what's important
[00:03:58.500]and that's plant health and people.
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