There are four open positions for the AmericanHort board of directors. Please cast your vote for each individual nominee. New board members will be installed at the July business meeting held during Cultivate’22.
Matt Edmundson is the President of Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, Colorado. As a second-generation nurseryman and third generation business owner of Arbor Valley Nursery, he grew up working at the nursery from age 12 throughout high school and into college. Since coming on full time out of college with a degree in Economics, his focus has been to improve the systems, processes, and overall performance of the nursery. Matt has grown to admire the honorable integrity that so many in the green industry uphold every day. He believes there is always something new to learn from someone else who has made the same mistake before and is happy to share that lesson. In his roles at Arbor Valley, Matt has learned about leadership, humility as well as how to deal with ever changing challenges.
Arbor Valley Nursery has grown from its original fifty-one acres site to a new location of over 135 acres. They are 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.
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. He believes landscaping is not simply a product; it is an experience with people, plants, and atmosphere. Kent’s
sons Kamron and Karson also fill key roles in the operation helping Fullmer’s to grow while keeping a distinct family atmosphere and simple commitment to long-lasting relationships.
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.
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.
Like many in our industry, Ann started her career as a young child doing various jobs around the nursery like pulling weeds, sweeping floors, and mowing grass. She went on to work in the garden center & floral shop helping customers, watering plants, and still sweeping floors. Not thinking this was the life for her, Ann went to Eastern Illinois University and pursued a degree in business. After spreading her wings for a while, she realized her roots run deep and found her way back to the family 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.
Jon Reelhorn is owner and president of Belmont Nursery in Fresno, Calif. Like other 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.
Rob Lando co-founded and grew Ohio based AgriNomix into North America’s largest supplier of automation to nurseries and greenhouses. At the start of this year, AgriNomix and Zwart Systems joined forces to become part of the newly formed AdeptAg where he continues to be involved with business development and R&D projects. Rob recently formed Western Roots LLC to allow him to continue to use his industry experience to work with growers on strategic planning and management issues.
In addition to his day jobs, Rob is an active board 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 Western Roots & 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. Currently serving his second term, Rob was first elected to the AmericanHort board of directors in 2018, prior to which he served as a member on the AmericanHort Finance Committee.
Rob and Julia Lando split their time between Northeast Ohio and Southern California.
To support this mission and the future of our industry, please cast your vote by Friday, April 8th.
Each Class A Member Company* of AmericanHort is eligible to complete a ballot for the board of directors one time. You will need to be signed into your AmericanHort account to vote. Only one vote per member company will be considered in final tally.
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Holton at AmandaH@AmericanHort.org.