Former University of Florida professor Dr. Jamie Gibson has joined Conrad Fafard as the growing media producer’s corporate manager for quality control/technical services.
Gibson will be based at Fafard’s Anderson, S.C., facility under the direction of Dr. HughPoole. In his new role, Gibson will oversee the quality control and analytical lab activities for all of Fafard’s production facilities, as well as provide technical supportfor Fafard’s customers and sales representatives. Along with potting mix development, Gibson will create grower-friendly tools for improved success in propagation, growth regulation, nutrition and retail management and marketing.
“Dr. Gibson has an excellent blend of hands-on growing experience and academic credentials that will relate well to our customers and their challenges,” Poole says. “Quality control is an important aspect of maintaining the Fafard reputation for having a consistent, high performance product. He is an added resource for both our internal team and our customers.”
Gibson graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s of science in agriculture in 1996. He then began his career as an assistant grower at Windmere Nursery in Lothian, Md., (now Greenstreet Growers). In 1998, he pursued his master’s and doctorate in horticulture at North Carolina State University, graduating in 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since receiving his Ph.D., Gibson has served as an assistant profiessor of nursery management at the University of Florida in Milton, Fla. He has written hundreds of technical documents for the scientific and grower communities and developed multiple online nursery production and management courses.