Ones To Watch: Dominik Neisser
As part of Greenhouse Grower's 25th anniversary, we are profiling people we expect to shape the industry for the better over the next 25 years.
October 29, 2008
As part of Greenhouse Grower's 25th anniversary, we are profiling people we expect to shape the industry for the better over the next 25 years. Now in its 18th week online, our Ones To Watch series continues with Dominik Neisser of EuroAmerican, who was featured in our October issue.
Age - 34
His Job - Dominik is the assistant lead grower at EuroAmerican. He was born into a horticultural family in Germany, where he worked in greenhouse production before becoming an intern with EuroAmerican through The Ohio State University. Aside from his role of grower, Dominik is also a member of a Proven Winners grower group that exchanges information about Proven Winners varieties.
The Plants Of Tomorrow - At EuroAmerican, Dominik is one person who's constantly in search of new varieties, and he's trying to develop the perfect production practices - if there is such a thing - to provide the highest quality liners possible for the market. To enhance production, Dominik trials new pesticides, soils, pots and trays, and he's willing to offer customers an objective opinion about what works and doesn't work for him.
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation - The industry will have to reintroduce people to nature. "We need to show them that flower decoration can be beautiful and support the next generation with our passion and enough information so they can succeed in their homes," Dominik says.
Quotable - "I try to eat as much meat as possible because killing plants is against my principles," Dominik jokes.
A Constant Challenge - Labor is a common challenge in the industry, and it's no different at EuroAmerican for Dominik. His challenge is a tad different, though. "If I can establish a working team that knows the right thing to do without my constant instructions, we can complete much more work together," Dominik says. Another challenge is growing in different climates and the reaction of plants in those conditions.
Twenty-Five Years From Now - Industrial countries will occupy themselves with other matters and become too busy to grow plants, and brokers will be the gateway between the United States and other countries for information and transport of new and exciting varieties.
Why He's One To Watch - Dominik is a grower to watch because he strives to master production and make his employees better. He also voluntarily managed the international internship program at EuroAmerican.