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Community Connectors

Introducing Your Community Connectors

Community connectors are the passionate representatives of 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
Mattie Berbee, Leo Berbee Bulb Company
Bridget Behe, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
Tina Bemis, Bemis Farms Nursery
Cyndee Carvalho, Alden Lane Nursery
Jessica DeGraaf, Proven Winners
Will Heeman, Heeman Greenhouses
Jessie Jacobson, Tonkadale Greenhouses
Abby Kleckler, GPN/Lawn & Garden Retailer
Ryan Watkins, Brownswood Nursery

Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison


Generation Next Community

Stephanie Whitehouse, Dickman Farms LLC, Community Coordinator
Chris Cerveny, The Farm Garden
Lindsay Chrisp, Tagawa Gardens
Mason Day, GrowIt! 
Jennifer Dyer, MasterTag 
Daniel Greenwell, Piedmont Technical College
Tiffany Heater, Ball Horticultural Co.
Courtney Hughes, BFG Supply Company
John Terhesh, Willoway Nurseries Inc.
Kellie Walters, Michigan State University

Mary Beth Cowardin, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community

Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse, Community Connector
James Clesen, Ron Clesen's Ornamental Plants
Dennis Crum, Four Star Greenhouses
Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc
Peggy Hutson, iUNU
Roberto Lopez, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
Rosa Raudales, University of Connecticut
Jacob Stockslager, Stockslagers Greenhouse & Garden Center
Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant
Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc

Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC, Board Liaison
Suzie Raker, Raker-Roberta's Young Plants, Board Liaison
Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

Evelyn Chamberlin, Oakland Interiorscapes, Community Coordinator 
Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory 
Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors Inc 
Lael George, Engledow Group 
Denise Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses 
Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners 
Bryan Johnston, Tri-State Foliage Inc 
Jessica Pinette, Plantasia Interiors Inc.
Heddy Salerno, Inside Plants
Jodi Stumpf, Growing Green Inc
Meagan Nace, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Landscape Community

Jeff Gibson, Ball Horticultural Company, Community Coordinator
Kent Fullmer, Fullmer's Landscaping Inc
Ben Huntington, Pleasant View Gardens Inc
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc
Jeremy Schultz, LandscapeHub
Steve Wills, Lanco Inc
Matt Hunter, New Garden Nursery and Landscape

Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping, Board Liaison
Brian Brown, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Nursery Community

Art Parkerson, Lancaster Farms Inc, Community Coordinator
Brad Batson, GreenForest Nursery Inc
Carlos Bogran, PhD, OHP Inc
Harvey Cotten, Huntsville Botanical Garden
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries, Inc
David Fujino, California Center for Urban Horticulture
Bobby Garcia, Greenleaf Nursery Co
Colin Jones, Manor View Farm Inc
Tim Parker, BlueWater Horticulture LLC
Jake Pierson, Pierson Nurseries Inc
Jon Russell, Monrovia  
Matt Steinkopf, Willoway Nurseries Inc        
Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries, Board Liaison
Jennifer Gray, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison