Nursery Management Conference 2019 Advisory Board

We are pleased to introduce you to the Nursery Management Conference 2019 Advisory Board.

Advisory Board
Susan Bachman

Steve Black
Founder
Raemelton Farm

Steve Black is founder of Raemelton Farm in Adamstown, Maryland. The nursery provides 2- to 4-inch B&B shade, flowering, and evergreen trees, as well as large shrubs for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern landscape industry. Steve has taken bold steps to implement new and innovative production practices at the 188-acre nursery. In early 2016, he introduced to the market USDA certified organic B&B, landscape-ready trees – a first for the industry. Steve originally dedicated 3 acres to organic production, and he’s ready to expand that offering once it transitions from a niche market. (Photo by Larry Canner)

Frank Benzing

Brian Decker
President
Decker’s Nursery

Brian Decker, president of Decker’s Nursery in Groveport, Ohio, is a graduate of The Ohio State University. He’s active in several trade associations including the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and the International Plant Propagators Society Eastern Region. Decker’s Nursery, which dates back to 1921, provides shrub liners, specialty conifer grafts and finished material. Brian is married and the father of three. He enjoys cooking and spending time in the outdoors.

Jill Hoffman
Owner
Hoffman Nursery

Jill Hoffman is owner of Hoffman Nursery in Rougemont, North Carolina. Prior to entering the horticulture industry with her husband John, Jill was a toxicologist studying cancer treatments. She brings business acumen to the nursery, which specializes in ornamental grass liners that are sold across North America. Jill is a graduate of the Texas A&M’s Executive Academy of Growth and Leadership program, led by Dr. Charlie Hall. Jill enjoys spending time with John, their children Dave and Kerri, as well as traveling the globe. (Photo by Eric Waters)

Terri McEnaney
President
Bailey Nurseries

Terri McEnaney is president of Bailey Nurseries, a fifth-generation family business based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up in the nursery but entered the corporate world and worked at 3M for several years. She returned to the family business in 1991 and became president in 2001 where she works alongside several family members. Bailey is best known for its Endless Summer hydrangeas and other brands including First Editions and Easy Elegance.

Mick Mulhall

Jonathan Saperstein
CEO
TreeTown USA

Jonathan Saperstein is the CEO at TreeTown USA based in Houston, Texas. Saperstein purchased the nursery from his father, David, in 2015 when Jonathan was only 27 years old. Jonathan originally planned to be an investment banker and in college had interned at both a tree farm and a Wall Street investment firm. Jonathan, who was recognized as one of the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for the class of 2017, has been expanding TreeTown USA with several acquisitions including Village Nurseries and Hines Growers. Tree Town USA operates from 18 growing facilities totaling more than 6,000 production acres across Texas, Florida, Oregon and California. (Photo by Summer Greenslade Photography)

Rob Sproule

Christopher Uhland
COO
Harmony Hill Nursery

Christopher Uhland is the COO of Harmony Hill Nursery in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Harmony Hill grows primarily specimen shade, flowering and ornamental trees up to 10-inch caliper and large evergreens up to 30 feet. Christopher is a certified horticulturist and a certified arborist. His slogan “Eat. Sleep. Trees” can be found on t-shirts, bumper stickers and truck signs. Christopher is a huge baseball fan and shares that passion with his wife and two young daughters. (Photo by Parikha Mehta)

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