Our Ones To Watch
Here's a glimpse back at 25 people we expect to make a difference in the industry in the next 25 years.
December 3, 2008
We celebrated our 25th anniversary over the last few issues by taking a look at people we expect to make a difference in the industry over the next 25 years. They're all visionaries as inventors, innovators and voices for change. Our grower profile series is now complete, but here's a glance back at all 25 people profiled over the course of the last five months.
Has a business plan for providing organically grown plants that can be shipped directly to your door.
Olive Hill Greenhouses
Invests her time with industry organizations and speaks her mind to ensure a future for the growing community.
Eagle Creek Wholesale
Bold enough to try new production practices, smart enough to learn from failures and emphasizes sustainability in business.
Under A Foot Plant Company
Built the plants-you-can-walk-on concept that is STEPABLES and educates consumers on how they can best use them.
Paul Ecke Ranch
Provides technical support and advice for poinsettia growers in several ways, including Webinars.
Kalamazoo Flower Group
Sets the vision for his revamped company, making a significant investment in the construction of a new cross-dock facility.
Never Tire Farm
Invented the Garden Pallet, a system of delivering entire landscapes that require no site preparation.
Plays a key role with the Kalamazoo Flower Group brokerage division and believes in serving independent garden centers with value.
Peggy Van De Wetering
Ivy AcresInvolved in alternative packaging solutions for growers like the environmentally friendly StrawPot.
First Step Greenhouses
Up for propagating anything, works intensely with new software and isn't afraid to bite the bullet and dump product when necessary.
Develops innovative marketing programs to appeal to younger consumers and lifestyle interests.
Terra Nova Nurseries
Quick to develop programs that appeal to Generations X and Y and ideas that involve his peers.
Abe and Art Van Wingerden
Leading one of the largest and most successful plant growing operations in the industry, excelling at serving box stores.
Barlow Flower Farm
Envisions the development of a growing location where his business can sustain itself and thinks for the smaller grower.
Corso's Flower & Garden Center
Has grown the family business in perennials over the last decade working with independent garden centers and Lowe's.
Serves on the OFA Board of Directors and OFA Exhibitor Advisory Committee while representing the next generation of the business.
Volunteered to manage the internship program at EuroAmerican and continually strives to master production.
Grand Flower Growers
Helps manage many of Home Depot's national corporate initiatives for tagging, containers and genetics.
Invented the Urban Gardener planters and created programs for her invention to provide instant impact for consumers looking to decorate with plants without too much fuss.
Lawrence Ohlman III
Ohlman Farm & Greenhouse
Started his own venture, Ecologic Products, based on developing sustainable products consumers can use for everyday life.
Big on new product development and has an eye for what the next hot industry items will be.
C. Raker & Sons
Represents the next generation of her company, putting an emphasis on innovation, service and quality.
Very involved in industry organizations and has received awards on behalf of Kraft for its dedication to innovation.
Already involved in two of OFA's planning committees and is not afraid to take risks with his retail operation.
With his engineering background, focused on improving efficiency and optimizing all aspects of his family's business of 60-plus years.