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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 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

Lisa Minter-Bustin, Minter Country Garden, Board Liaison
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
Tiffany Heater, Ball Horticultural Co.
Courtney Hughes, Premiere Plant Solutions
John Terhesh, Willoway Nurseries Inc.
Kellie Walters, Michigan State University
Seth Reed, GrowIt!, Board Liaison
Mary Beth Cowardin, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Greenhouse Community

Paul Westervelt, Saunders Brothers Inc, Community Coordinator
James Clesen, Ron Clesen's Ornamental Plants
Jeremy Crook, Olson's Greenhouse Gardens
Dennis Crum, Four Star Greenhouses
Matt Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse
Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc
Roberto Lopez, PhD, Michigan State University Department of Horticulture
Rosa Raudales, university of Connecticut
Elizabeth Raymond, Berger
Jacob Stockslager, Stockslagers Greenhouse & Garden Center
Jason Twaddell, Ball FloraPlant
Bob Dickman, Dickman Farms LLC, Board Liaison
Suzie Raker, Raker-Roberta's Young Plants, Board Liaison
Gina Zirkle, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison

Interior Plantscape Community

Jodi Stumpf, Growing Green Inc, Community Coordinator
Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory
Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors Inc
Evelyn Chamberlin, Oakland Interiorscapes
Lael George, Engledow Group
Denise Godfrey, Olive Hill Greenhouses
Peter Herrera, No Sweat! Waterproof Liners
Bryan Johnston, Tri-State Foliage 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
Scott McAdam, McAdam Landscaping Inc
Lyndsi Oestmann, Loma Vista Nursery Inc
Bryan Rice, Rice's Nursery & Landscaping Inc
Marcus vandeVliet, Rice's Nursery & Landscaping Inc.
Gary Weidenbach, Rosehill Gardens Inc
Steve Wills, Lanco Inc
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc, Board Liaison
Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping, Board Liaison
Gina Zirkle, 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
David Fujino, California Center for Urban Horticulture
Bobby Garcia, Greenleaf Nursery Co
Tim Parker, BlueWater Horticulture LLC
Jon Russell, Monrovia  
Matt Steinkopf, Willoway Nurseries Inc 
Brian Worfolk, Sheridan Nurseries Ltd             
Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc, Board Liaison
Chris McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries, Board Liaison
Jennifer Gray, AmericanHort, Staff Liaison