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AmericanHort Board of Directores Candidates 2020


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

The AmericanHort Board of Directors present the following candidates for your vote of three open board positions in July 2020. The Board Leadership 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 10th.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Holton at


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2020 AmericanHort Board of Directors Nominees


There are three open positions for the AmericanHort.
Please indicate your vote for each individual nominee.

Mike Gooder
Plantpeddler Inc., Iowa

Mike Gooder is president and co-owner with 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 and is involved in several industry groups, including the AmericanHort Greenhouse Community Connector and Advocacy committees.  Mike is a recipient of the National Horticulture Leadership Award and speaks on a wide range of horticultural and business topics regionally and nationally. 


Ed Overdevest
Overdevest Nurseries LP, New Jersey

Ed Overdevest is the president and owner of Overdevest Nurseries, one of the leading nurseries in New Jersey. Upon graduating from Cornell University, Ed returned home to become a partner in the family business, which he and his wife Gail later purchased from his parents in 1978. He and his wife led the company through a vigorous expansion and product diversification process and are proud to have their son Ryan join in 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. Exemplary practices in conservation, labor relations, and community involvement has earned the business a sustainability certification. The nursery’s clients include independent garden centers and distributors within a 300-mile radius of Bridgeton. Ed has received numerous honors over the past thirty years, 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.


Jonathan Saperstein
TreeTown USA, Texas

Jonathan Saperstein is CEO of TreeTown USA, one of America’s largest nurseries. Along with its subsidiaries, Village Nurseries and Hines Growers, TreeTown produces more than 30 million plants a year on over 6,000 acres amongst 15 facilities located in Florida, Texas, California and Oregon. Jonathan firmly believes that employee, vendor and customer relationships are the driving force of any successful business. Under his leadership Tree Town’s employee base has grown to over 2,000 associates, establishing the company as an industry leader. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jonathan has held several leadership roles in multiple organizations including serving on the alumni boards for Pi Kappa Alpha’s Beta Mu Chapter, and the Silver Spurs. He serves as a trustee on both The Texas and Florida Nursery and Landscape Associations’ Political Action Committee boards and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Association. Among his many honors, Jonathan was a recipient of the 2017 Forbes 30 under 30 award within the manufacturing & industry category, was recognized by Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s most admired CEO’s and named the 2018 Gulf Coast Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year. He also received the Southern Nursery Association’s David E. Laird Award in 2019.


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Tom Hughes
Hughes Nursery & Landscaping

Tom Hughes is President and Co-Owner of Hughes Nursery & Landscaping (HNL) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A landscape design/build firm, HNL also grows 30 acres of B&B nursery stock. Tom, a fourth-generation nurserymen in the family business going back to 1908, grew up with his brother and sister, pulling weeds and watering trees. He graduated from Iowa State University in 2002 with a Horticulture degree and minors in Business and Landscape Design. During his three summers at Iowa State he gained great experience and practical knowledge by interning with nine different landscape or nursery firms in seven states. Tom and his wife Megan met at Iowa State where she received a Horticulture degree with a minor in Journalism. A freelance writer, Megan’s primary client is Meredith publishing and the Better Homes & Gardens brand of horticulture books and magazines. Tom and Megan have two daughters and a son.


Vice Chairman:

Cole Mangum
Bell Nursery USA LLC

Cole Mangum is Vice President of Operations for Bell Nursery in Elkridge, MD, one of the nation’s largest growers of annuals and perennials. Cole oversees operations across 7 facilities as well as coordinating a team of category managers who manage shipping of finished product. A graduate of Salisbury University, Cole has dedicated himself to advocating for various facets for the industry over the course of his career. He has served on the National Leadership Cabinet for the Seed Your Future initiative, as Horticulture Representative for the Maryland Agricultural Commission, and is a board member for the Greenhouse Grower Technology advisory board. Cole joined the AmericanHort board of directors in 2017 and remains committed to keeping the horticulture strong and as a viable career path long into the future – both at the local and national level. He and his wife live in the Annapolis, MD area with their two young children. 


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