Meet the Team

I’m Emily. In this about page I want to tell you where I come from and why I believe in what we are doing at Glow Workwear. My desire to dig in the dirt has never felt weird. My days were filled with catching frogs, building forts, running away from gardening duties, collecting sap for the maple sugaring operation and being carted around to construction / roofing jobs that I was expected to somehow participate (my parents owned a roofing and general construction company). This was all in northern Vermont where the woods are thick, the streams are clear and crisp, and typically there is a stench of manure being spread on fields.

At 18, ready for the whole world, I become a Rotary Exchange Student and spent a year in Chile. This was both smart and dumb. French was the only foreign language offered in my high school, and with three years of french under my belt I headed to a spanish speaking country. I figured Spanish is spoken in more countries and would be more useful. There was a steep learning curve and thankfully, I had the nicest host family. Upon return I started College at American University in Washington DC. As many country kids will attest, it was probably more difficult learning to live in a city versus a foreign country.  I got outside by joining the American University Women’s Rugby Club, where I met the toughest and smartest gal pals. Although, we were good, we never won when we played Navy. Those women are tough. After two years I switched my major from Political Science to Microbiology and transferred to the University of Montana in Missoula. Enter Rocky Mountains. Goodbye traffic. Oh I’m sorry, were you hoping for a short About Me page? Refer to diagram for abbreviated road map. I don’t think I need to explain why I moved to Missoula. If you haven’t been, visit. A few gal pals on the University of Montana Women’s Rugby Club worked for the Forest Service in the summers doing trail work or fighting fire and this seemed like a prime job for dirt under the fingernails. I got lucky and landed a trail crew position with the Chugach National Forest in Girdwood, Alaska. Yes, I saw bears. The next summer, and upon graduation, I took a position with the Bridger-Teton National Forest on a wildland firefighting crew. By then the end of the second summer, I knew women’s workwear could be better. The nomex pants were extremely durable but the design hit my body in the wrong places. The crotch was too low and the side pockets bumped against my knee instead of my thigh. The shirts didn’t fit my shoulders. I’m not much of a complainer because when you grow up on a farm and with parents that built their own house, you either deal with it or you fix it. You don’t complain. Since meeting on the Bridger-Teton N.F. fire crew, my husband and I have built a regional forestry and tree care company, TigerTree, based in Laramie, Wyoming. We work for private clients across Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota. The inadequacy of fit, style, and fabric of decent workwear has always plagued and fundamentally bothered me.

So, as not to complain, I’m off to fix it because I can’t deal with it anymore.