Dan Massman is vice-president and co-owner of Smith Massman Landscape & Design Co. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His main duties are taking care of the 10,000 tree nursery, as well as maintaining the company's equipment and vehicles used to run the business. He also takes care of the container shrub facility.
Dan moved to Cedar Rapids from a Northeast Iowa dairy farm to attend Kirkwood Community College in 1985. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center in 1986. He worked for Dwight Hughes Nursery before starting Smith Massman with co-owner Gary Smith in 1996.
Dan takes great pride in making sure the company trucks and equipment are in tip-top shape every morning to roll out at 7:00am sharp. That's no small order when you consider Smith Massman has over 140 inflatable tires including trucks, trailers, tractors, wagons and a vast assortment of augers, trenchers, tillers & etc. He also enjoys coordinating the crews and selecting which trucks and equipment will be needed to complete the day's jobs.
Dan likes spending time with his wife Kathy and their children Jennifer and Christopher. He has served on the Kirkwood Horticulture Advisory Committee since he graduated in 1986. He and Kathy are members at St. Paul's Parish in Newhall. He enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as relaxing next to his acre pond. When he manages to find the time, he and Kathy like to go camping.