Tap Root Fields
Lee started his career, after leaving Clarkson University, in the telecommunications industry working for Sprint and start-up Rhythms NetConnections. After the dot-com meltdown in the summer of 2001 and subsequent terrorist attack of September 11th, Lee left the corporate world and joined the Marine Corps as a Communications Officer. During his time as an Officer he deployed to Iraq twice and served in the roles of Platoon Commander and Operations Officer. In the summer of 2005, Lee returned to Central New York and started working for his father's wholesale lumber company. In 2010, Lee bought Buttolph Lumber, moved it to a new location and grew it from five to ten million in sales in two years. After owning the company for only four years, Lee decided to accept a buyout offer from a larger wholesaler and headed to Syracuse University on the Post 9/11 GI Bill to get his masters in Entrepreneurship and New Media Management. After leaving Syracuse University, Lee spent time working for and with high tech start-ups out of The Tech Garden, a business accelerator, in Syracuse, NY. In 2019, Lee was called by a good friend, Joshua Allyn, who had just started a company and had applied for a hemp license in New York State. Tap Root Fields started as a bare patch of land in Skaneateles, NY but has since been transformed into an operation that is ready to take on a cannabis cultivation license using a combination of outdoor and greenhouse growing. The farm is currently organic certified but the team has loftier ambitions to build in regenerative agriculture practices. In addition to his farm duties, Lee travels the world for the Boots 2 Business program. This program, run by the Small Business Administration and Syracuse University, teaches US military personnel how to start a business as they exit the military.