Bubela Tree Farm & Arbor Care owner, Colton Bubela, is a 2017 Texas A&M University graduate, with a degree in Agricultural Economics-Rural Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, Bubela Tree Farm & Arbor Care officially opened for business in 2017.
Bubela was awarded the Texas A&M Agribusiness Entrepreneur of the Year during the 2017 Corrigan-Goddard Foundation Entrepreneurial Dreams Symposium. In 2018, he was asked to return to the Symposium to deliver a keynote presentation about entrepreneurship.
Born and raised in Schulenburg, TX, Colton Bubela is the youngest of three boys. Growing up, he was always exposed to the outdoors, such as raising animals for 4-H & FFA, while also heavily interested in ag mechanics. He enjoyed a job where progress can be seen at the end of the day and always had an appreciation for landscapes and rural beauty.
Multiple forces led him to where he is today. The main push that led him to starting a business in the tree industry was his grandfather, the late Clarence Bubela, who owned a landscape and tree company for more than 30 years until he passed away. “I felt a spiritual connection with my grandpa once I started growing trees. I knew we had the same passion.”
Colton grew into the idea of starting a tree business when reading some of the books and notes his grandpa had left behind about trees. During this same time period, which was after the major drought in 2011, Bubela saw how devastating the drought was to trees. From that point, he not only decided to start growing trees but also started studying arboriculture so he could offer continuing care to the trees he has grown and to established trees across Texas. Colton takes pride in his work and strives to educate his customers on the best practices in arboriculture.
Colton is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Tree Care Industry Association. He is currently working toward becoming a certified arborist through ISA.