Long Island bedding plant grower Ivy Acres will kick off the spring season with fresh leadership from David Foltz, who made a name for himself in the industry as vice president of sales and marketing of a much larger operation, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses.
Foltz, 40, was featured in Greenhouse Grower’s “40 Under 40” in July 2003. During his 14 years at Kurt Weiss Greenhouses, he facilitated the company’s growth from a potted plant specialist to a provider of all plant-related items and services to mass markets. Also based on Long Island, Kurt Weiss Greenhouses is the nation’s second largest greenhouse operation, ranking at No. 2 on our Top 100 Growers.
For the past two years Foltz had been working as a sales consultant after founding HBS Inc. Ivy Acres was a key client. Foltz succeeds Brian Sullivan, who had been Ivy Acres’ president for three years and vice president of sales prior to that. Sullivan left the company in October.
Ranked at No. 48 on our Top 100 Growers, Ivy Acres is owned by Jack and Alice Van de Wetering, who have 37 acres of greenhouse production in Baiting Hollow, N.Y., and Vineland, N.J. Their son, Kurt, is general manager and daughter, Peggy, is in charge or marketing and Ivy Acres Wholesale Nursery, a landscape pickup site.
Regarding the family’s decision to name Foltz president, Jack says, “Dave’s depth of talent and broad industry experience, while consulting for us, made him the best choice for the company. His commitment to our customers, growing partners and employees can be seen daily in his passion for success, making him the ideal leader for our business.”