This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Meet the 2019 AmericanHort Board of Directors Candidates




AmericanHort is governed by a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors. A list of existing Board Members can be found on our Website.

In July 2019, there will be open seats on the Board, and the AmericanHort Leadership Committee and the Board of Directors present the following candidates for your vote of three open board positions. The committee has selected candidates from across the breadth of the industry to encompass multiple segments, business models, and geographies. A well-balanced board furthers the mission of AmericanHort: to unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.

Each Class A Member Company* of AmericanHort is eligible to complete a ballot for the Board of Directors. You will need to be signed into your AmericanHort account to vote.

 To support this mission and the future of our industry, please cast your vote by Friday, April 5th.

*Only one vote per Member Company will be considered in final tally.


If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Holton at


Cast Your Vote. Share Your Voice.


Garden Retail Candidates: (Vote for 1 of the following)


Gerry Docksteader
Master Nursery Garden Centers

Gerry Docksteader has been in the North American Horticultural Industry for approximately 30 years, having started as vendor/supplier from Canada where he was born and raised.  After marrying his lovely wife Karen Kemp-Docksteader, also engaged in our industry, Gerry immigrated to the US and ventured into the growing side of the industry working for some of the leading proprietary product growers in the US.  

Gerry has been VP of Operation for Master Nursery Garden Centers for over six years, where his primary focus has been assisting a select list of vendors with their sales and service to the exclusive membership. Sales and vendor relationships have grown significantly as they have developed tools to assist their vendor base, service the Independent Garden Center market, and ultimately, the gardening consumer.  It is the experience Gerry has gained through contract negotiations and collaborative sales and marketing interaction with vendors and garden center co-ops that he feels will be a value to AmericanHort, as their success rate in the industry has been very measurable.

The experience Gerry has acquired working in a select number of sales and marketing positions for major proprietary focused growers provides that inherent grower knowledge one needs to contribute measurably to the growth of our industry. Gerry appreciates being considered for this opportunity and privilege of serving the association and industry.


Tim Clark

H.J. Benken Floral Home & Garden

Tim graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications from St. Joseph’s College and spent his first six years working for Frito-Lay, Inc. in supply chain management out of Chicago, Il. In 1997 Tim returned to Cincinnati, Ohio to help run his family’s floral and garden business. Tim has served on numerous boards and committees including Current President of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, Past President of Midwest Landscape Network, Vice President for the Village of Silverton CIC, Past Clerk/Treasurer for the Village of Silverton, Chairperson for the 2008 ANLA Retail Road Tour and retail committee member for ONLA. Tim lives in South Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Laura and their (nearly) grown children.


Landscape Candidates: (Vote for 1 of the following)


Joe Hobson

Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Inc.

Joe Hobson is President and COO of Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Inc., a “Peter Orum Company”, in Virgil, Illinois, with responsibilities for all aspects of the business. Core markets include nursey, greenhouse and landscape products. Additionally, he serves on Midwest Groundcovers Board of Directors. Previously, Joe worked with Brickman and Mariani Landscape overseeing high end residential landscape businesses in Illinois, Wisconsin and commercial properties in Georgia. Joe’s career in horticulture started in 1986, remaining active since. Earning a BSA from University of Missouri, Columbia, 1986 in Horticulture with Emphasis on Landscape Design, Joe consistently involved himself in business and overall industry. After serving over 20 years in the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association including Board of Directors and President, Joe continues to support many industry associations, events and educational institutes and is a member of the AmericanHort Advocacy Committee.

Passions include building strategic plans around sound visions within well-defined missions and ensuring successful implementation to produce desired results through inspired people. Joe values assisting others achieving their goals. Joe and his wife Sue reside in Woodstock, IL.


Kent Fullmer

Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc.

Kent Fullmer is president of his family owned design/build landscape company, Fullmer’s Landscaping, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and is currently serving on the Landscape Contractor Committee. He is a certified arborist, as well as, a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, but most importantly he is a member of the family of God. Kent lives near Dayton with his wife, Janine.




Greenhouse Candidates: (Vote for 1 of the following)

Amy Morris 

N.G. Heimos Greenhouses


With her father starting N.G. Heimos Greenhouses in 1951, Amy Morris was groomed into the horticulture industry since childhood. A graduate of Southeast Missouri University’s Agribusiness Horticulture program, Amy has been rooted in horticulture industry for 33 years. She been the Head grower at Heimos Greenhouses for 10 years growing annuals, perennials, blooming crops, holiday crops, and foliage. Responsibilities include understanding the hiring process, facilitating the H2A program, leadership training, and support to employees in all aspects of the business. In 2001 she opened Millstadt Young Plants rooting liners for Syngenta, Selecta, Dummen and Suntory. This company was created to keep their work force year-round. In 2007 we introduced North America’s largest Poinsettia Trial and Educational Workshop for growers, breeders and college horticulture students across the country. Amy is a member of OFA, PMA, SFA, WNLG and LuxFlora. She is a contributing writer for Growers Talk magazine under Growers Talk Business. One of her greatest accomplishments is receiving the Industry Leadership award in 2018 from Greenhouse Management, Nursery Management and sponsored by Syngenta. This award was voted on by industry peers who know her commitment to the Industry. She hopes to continue her path forward and hopes AmericanHort can be part of the journey.

Amy has been married to her Husband Craig for 30 years and has 2 children, Josh and Lauryn. Her hobbies consist of travel, golf, gardening, theater and bowling.  She volunteers for local lawn and garden grower’s seminar and currently serves as president of Mehlbrook Manor Garden Club. She works with Annie’s Hope Bereavement Center, Camp Hope, and St Vincent DePaul 100 neediest families.  She looks forward to the opportunity to serve as an advocate to collaborate, connect, and educate members and to keep the association and industry thriving.


Mike Gooder

Plantpeddler Inc.

Mike Gooder is president and co-owner (wife Rachel) of Plantpeddler, located in Cresco Iowa, and has been in business since 1980, with son John joining in 2014. Plantpeddler’s Young Plant division is a major propagator of vegetative genetics with industry leadership in Begonias. The Wholesale division focuses on premium retail-ready products from Spring through Christmas. Mike is a graduate of Horticulture from Iowa State University, involved in several industry groups, a recipient of the National Horticulture Leadership Award, and speaks on a wide range of horticultural and business topics regionally and nationally.