Our Leadership

AmericanHort is governed by experienced senior business leaders who represent diverse industry segments and share a desire to help our industry flourish.

Executive Committee

Rob Lando

Board Chairman
AgriNomix

Edward Overdevest

Vice Chairman
Overdevest Nurseries LP

J. Harvey Cotten Jr

Treasurer
Horticultural Consultant, Author

Jon Reelhorn

Immediate Past Chairman
Belmont Nursery

Rob Lando

Board Chairman
AgriNomix

Edward Overdevest

Vice Chairman
Overdevest Nurseries LP

J. Harvey Cotten Jr

Treasurer
Horticultural Consultant, Author

Jon Reelhorn

Immediate Past Chairman
Belmont Nursery

Directors

Derek Clark

South Central Growers

Kurt Becker

Dramm Corporation

Matt Edmundson

Arbor Valley Nursery

Ken Fisher

AmericanHort

Kent Fullmer

Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc.

Brian Lloyd

Olson’s Greenhouse

Steve Mostardi

Mostardi Nurseries

Lyndsi Oestmann

Loma Vista Nursery

Emily Showalter

Willoway Nurseries

Ann Tosovsky

Home Nursery Inc.

Derek Clark

South Central Growers

Kurt Becker

Dramm Corporation

Matt Edmundson

Arbor Valley Nursery

Ken Fisher

AmericanHort

Kent Fullmer

Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc.

Brian Lloyd

Olson’s Greenhouse

Steve Mostardi

Mostardi Nurseries

Lyndsi Oestmann

Loma Vista Nursery

Emily Showalter

Willoway Nurseries

Ann Tosovsky

Home Nursery Inc.

AmericanHort’s strategic plan provides a roadmap to help advance the association and our industry

ROB LANDO

AgriNomix, Encinitas, CA

In professional circles, Rob Lando is best known for his co-founding and building of Ohio based AgriNomix, North America’s largest supplier of automation to nurseries and greenhouses. During 2022, AgriNomix, Zwart Systems, Bellpark Horticulture and Plantech Control Systems joined forces to become AdeptAg where Rob continues to be involved as the new entity grows. Rob also does a bit of consulting and coaching with other firms within the Horticulture industry as time permits.

In addition to his day jobs, Rob continues to serve the horticulture industry – now, as Chairman of the Board of Directors of AmericanHort, the industry’s national trade association with offices in Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC.

Rob is a former board member and current finance committee member for Neighborhood Alliance, a Northeast Ohio non-profit which provides essential services to Lorain County residents in all stages of life. He is a Vancouver native, and a US/Canadian dual citizen who moved to the US when he was 19. Prior to AgriNomix, Rob served as Senior Vice President responsible for sales and service at Bouldin & Lawson of McMinnville, TN, and he started his journey in the horticulture industry with Langley Peat Moss of Fort Langley, BC in 1980. Rob and his wife Julia reside in Southern California, in close proximity to their two adult daughters.

EDWARD OVERDEVEST

Overdevest Nurseries LP, New Jersey

Ed Overdevest is the president and owner of Overdevest Nurseries, one of the leading nurseries in New Jersey where they sell to independent garden centers and distributors within a 300-mile radius of Bridgeton. Upon graduating from Cornell University, Ed returned home to become a partner in the family business, which he and his wife Gail later purchased. They led the company through a vigorous expansion and product diversification process and are proud to have their son Ryan join the team as a third-generation partner. With production facilities encompassing 290 acres, the nursery produces over 2,000 varieties of perennials, shrubs, and trees for east coast garden centers. The company has earned a sustainability certification due to their exemplary practices in conservation, and they are known for their strong labor relations and community involvement. Ed has received numerous honors including Young Farmer of the Year, Young Farm Couple, Nurseryman of the Year, Business of the Year, Grower of the Year, and several marketing awards. He has held leadership positions in local, state, and national community, business, and trade organizations.

J. HARVEY COTTEN JR

Treasurer, AmericanHort

Harvey Cotten is a garden writer, designer, and consultant. After 22 years with the Huntsville Botanical Garden, most recently as vice president and chief horticulturist, he retired in 2014. He continues to present workshops for the Botanical Garden, Master Gardener Associations, Garden Clubs and other botanical gardens and arboreta while lecturing across the southeast on various garden topics. Harvey is very active in the industry. He currently serves as president of the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association and is past president of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and Alabama Invasive Plant Council. Harvey co-authored a popular book “Easy Gardens for the South” published in 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Mississippi State University. Prior to joining the Huntsville Botanical Garden staff, he was general manager of Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, MS, and co-owner of Chase Nursery Co in Huntsville.

JON REELHORN

Belmont Nursery

Jon Reelhorn is owner and president of Belmont Nursery in Fresno, Calif. Like many successful businesses, Jon’s company values come from the top down. Belmont Nursery is a third-generation business that loves being part of their local community and includes nursery growing, greenhouse growing, and a retail garden center. Jon is a graduate of Fresno State University with a degree in Plant Science, a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program and a graduate of EAGL, the Executive Academy for Growth and Leadership. Jon is very active in his industry having served as a board member with the farm bureau and California Nursery and Landscape Association (now Plant California Association), he held several committee roles with the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), and has been chairman of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). He enjoys hiking, golf and travel and is passionate about plants, baseball, and his dog Crash.

Derek Clark 2023

Derek Clark

Director of Sales for South Central Growers

Derek Clark is Director of Sales for South Central Growers, a second-generation family-owned greenhouse in Springfield, TN, producing annuals and perennials for the big box retailers. He began working in the horticulture industry in 2005 and held several key account management roles before joining South Central Growers in 2013. Derek is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a graduate of EAGL, the Executive Academy for Growth and Leadership. He is passionate about helping strengthen the industry for future generations.

Kurt Becker 2023

Kurt Becker

Executive Vice President (EVP)
of Dramm Corporation

Kurt Becker is Executive Vice President (EVP) of Dramm Corporation, located in Manitowoc, WI, which has been a leader in watering tools and accessories for over 75 years. As EVP of Commercial Products Sales & Marketing, Kurt has decades of experience collaborating with growers on pest management, irrigation systems, humidity management and air movement. In addition to managing the commercial business for Dramm, Kurt leads marketing for the group and has been instrumental in Dramm’s support of Cultivate and AmericanHort. Kurt’s industry activities have included serving as a director for Bedding Plants Incorporated, Ohio Florist Association, and America in Bloom.

Matt Edmondson 2023

Matt Edmundson

President of Arbor Valley Nursery

Matt Edmundson, President of Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, Colorado, is a second-generation nurseryman and third generation business owner of Arbor Valley Nursery. Arbor Valley Nursery is a hybrid supplier growing balled and burlapped shade and ornamental trees as well as container grown woody shrubs, western natives, perennials, and ornamental grasses. Their facility offers the latest technology in irrigation and water quality management as well as scale for producing, holding, and shipping products to markets including landscape projects and retail garden centers. Matt is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder and has served in various leadership roles with the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, the Colorado Nursery Research and Education Foundation and the GreenCo legislative committee.

KEN FISHER

President & Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining AmericanHort in May 2016 as AmericanHort President and CEO, Ken spent 20 years in senior management positions leading industrial and consumer products companies including Managing Director of a Lone Star Funds portfolio company, a leading private equity firm; President and CEO of Elmer’s Products, an international consumer products company; Vice President of Poet-Ethanol Products, LLC the largest marketer of ethanol in North America; Senior Vice President of The Coleman Company, a global outdoor consumer products company; and various senior leadership positions within Koch Industries, Inc., a large multinational corporation.

Ken holds an MBA from the W. Frank Barton School of Business and a BS in Chemistry from Wichita State University.

Kent Fullmer 2023

Kent Fullmer

President at Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc.

Kent Fullmer is President at Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc. in Dayton, OH, a residential landscape design and build company. Kent’s father started the business in 1962, Kent assumed ownership of the company in 2005 and continues to lead the second-generation company with passion and integrity. Kent brings high energy to the art of landscaping and his goal to provide positive personal experiences to Fullmer’s Landscaping’s clients. Kent has considerable experience working across the industry as he has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, is currently serving on the AmericanHort Landscape Contractor Committee, is a certified arborist as well as a member of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Brian Lloyd 2023

Brian Lloyd

CEO of Olson’s Greenhouse
Brian Lloyd is CEO of Olson’s Greenhouse, a fourth-generation, family-owned group of companies growing, distributing, and merchandising bedding plants to mass market retailers throughout the Western United States. Brian has degrees in Marketing and Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University and an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at BYU. He is an active member of YPO International, a worldwide leadership community of chief executives, and an alum of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program.
Board Of Director Steve Mostardi

STEVE MOSTARDI

Mostardi Nursery

Steve Mostardi is owner and general manager of Mostardi Nursery, a retail garden center located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He is a third-generation nurseryman and a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist with a lifelong interest in the world of plants. In addition to growing up in the nursery business, he attended the Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation, as well as the Ambler Campus of Temple University.

He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, while also serving as Chairman of the P.H.S. Gold Medal Plant Award Committee. In addition, he is honored to serve as one of the judges for horticultural exhibits at the Philadelphia Flower Show. On a national level, he recently served as president of the Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort Foundation. In his spare time, he and his wife are busy taming two acres of woodlands and wildlife at their home in Media, PA.

LYNDSI OESTMANN

Loma Vista Nursery

Lyndsi Oestmann grew up in the nursery business started by father, Mark Clear. She pursued a degree in Business from Kansas State University with no intention of returning to the nursery. However, in 2004 she began her full-time career in the nursery industry and has worked in all aspects of the nursery from field production and learning the art of pruning young trees, to accounting and payroll. Lyndsi now serves as president of Loma Vista Nursery where she oversees all strategic and operational responsibility for 300-acres of container production, 500 acres of field production with sales predominately focused on the Midwest and mountain states. Lyndsi prides herself in being an active and highly involved participant in the green industry. She served as a 5-year board member of Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association and as board president in 2016. She is a member of AmericanHort Community Landscape Connector group, member of Johnson County Community College Horticulture Advisory Board, member of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association board, recipient of WNLA’s State Association Leader Award in 2017, and Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards Class of 2020. Our of concern for both the present and future of horticulture, Lyndsi is dedicated to recruiting youth into the industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband, teaching Sunday School, leading her daughters’ Girl Scout Troop, coaching softball, and reading.

Emily Showalter 2023

Emily Showalter

Chief of Human Resources at Willoway Nurseries, Inc.

Emily Showalter is the Chief of Human Resources at Willoway Nurseries, Inc. in Avon, OH, a third-generation family-owned business and one of the largest wholesale growers of quality nursery stock in the Midwest.

Emily grew up in the family business, graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Agriculture, completed the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Program, and is a graduate of EAGL, the Executive Academy for Growth and Leadership. Emily served as President of the Ohio Green Industry Association in 2020 and serves on area Horticulture program advisory boards.

Ann Tosovsky 2023

Ann Tosovsky

President of Home Nursery Inc.

Ann Tosovsky is President of Home Nursery Inc. a field and container production nursery headquartered in Albers, IL. The business includes production facilities in Illinois and Tennessee and distribution centers in Illinois and Missouri. Ann is a third-generation owner and leader of the business that celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2021. Not thinking this was the life for her, Ann attended Eastern Illinois University and pursued a degree in business. Ann worked her way around the company and learned the processes and procedures of the business gaining experience in sales, marketing, and administrative tasks. She transitioned to the role of president in 2012. Ann has considerable experience working across the industry and the community having served on a variety of industry boards and organizations including the Illinois Green Industry Association Board of Directors, Madison County Extension Education Foundation Board, Hortica Advisory Council and Hortica Insurance Board Member, The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Advisory Board, and the Rotary Club of Edwardsville Board of Directors.