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AmericanHort Community connectors

Community connectors are the passionate representatives from the key industry segments that make up the green industry. They donate time, talent, and ideas to AmericanHort to help inform and guide everything we do so that we can best serve your evolving needs.

Community Connector groups meet monthly or quarterly to discuss key projects through in person meetings, conference calls, emails and other modes of communication this group provides insight and inspiration into addressing the needs of members. They are a sounding board for new ideas, help ensure relevancy in our offerings, serve as evangelists for our initiatives, and are valuable assets in connecting members and the association.

If you are interested in becoming involved and would like to be considered for one of these groups, please submit an application form.

Garden Retail Community

  • Tammy Behm, Maypop, Community Coordinator
  • Bridget Behe, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
  • Bob Berbee, Dutch Mill Greenhouse and Leo Berbee Bulb Co.
  • Cyndee Carvalho, Alden Lane Nursery
  • Jessica DeGraaf, Proven Winners
  • Will Heeman, Heeman Greenhouses
  • Jessie Jacobson, Tonkadale Greenhouses
  • Ryan Watkins, Brownswood Nursery
  • Stephanie Whitehouse, Dickman Farms LLC
  • Liz Lark-Riley, Rockledge Gardens
  • Sonya Harrison, My Secret Garden
  • Gerry Docksteader, Advanced Horticultural Solutions, Board Liaison
  • Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Generation Next Community

  • Daniel Greenwell, Piedmont Technical College, Community Coordinator
  • Jacob Carson, Rough Brothers Inc / Nexus Corporation
  • Chris Cerveny, RoBotany, Ltd.
  • Jennifer Dyer, MasterTag
  • Annie Glaser, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.
  • Cara Goch, Ball Horticultural
  • Melinda Knuth, University of Florida
  • Jennifer Moss, Moss Greenhouses
  • Lindsay Squires, Tagawa Gardens
  • John Terhesh, Goodmark Nurseries Inc.
  • Rob Lando, AgriNomix, Board Liaison
  • Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Board Liaison
  • Mary Beth Cowardin, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community

  • Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse, Community Connector
  • Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC
  • Broch Martindale, Corteva AgriScience
  • Jen Miner, Pacific Plug & Liner
  • Nathan Sell, Dümmen Orange
  • Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant
  • Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc
  • Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc – Board Liaison
  • Amy Morris, N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, Board Liaison
  • Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, Board Liaison
  • Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

  • Genevieve Reiner-Mills, Oakland Interiorscapes, Community Coordinator
  • Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory
  • Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners
  • Anna & Bryan Johnston, Tri-State Foliage Inc
  • Eric McKie, Green Oak Garden Center, LLC
  • Jessica Pinette, Plantasia Interiors Inc.
  • Nicolas Rousseau, ByNature
  • Jodi Stumpf, Growing Green Inc
  • Molly Turpin, Growing Green
  • Nathan Parker, Parker Interior Plantscape Inc.
  • Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, Board Liaison
  • Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison
  • Amanda Holton, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community

  • Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator
  • Kent Fullmer, Fullmer’s Landscaping Inc
  • Carrie Hancock – Landscape Concepts Management
  • Matt Hunter, New Garden Landscape and Nursery
  • Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens Inc
  • Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc
  • Jeremy Schultz, LandscapeHub
  • Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping LLC, Board Liaison
  • Joe Hobson, Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Board Liaison
  • Margaret McGuire-Schoeff, CMP, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Nursery Community

  • Jake Pierson, Pierson Nurseries Inc, Community Coordinator
  • Carlos Bogran, PhD, OHP Inc
  • Angela Burke, Raemelton Farm LLC
  • Paul Cappiello, Yew Dell Botanical Gardens
  • Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries, Inc
  • David Fujino, California Center for Urban Horticulture
  • Bobby Garcia, Greenleaf Nursery Co
  • Colin Jones, Manor View Farm Inc
  • Scott Klittich, Otto & Sons Nursery
  • Art Parkerson, Lancaster Farms Inc
  • Jon Russell, Monrovia
  • Matt Steinkopf, Willoway Nurseries Inc
  • Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries Inc, Board Liaison
  • Harvey Cotten, Board Liaison
  • Jennifer Gray , AmericanHort, Staff Liaison