New CEO Of AmericanHort Could Be Announced Soon

New CEO Of AmericanHort Could Be Announced Soon

american-hort-logoAmericanHort says its search for a new CEO is progressing successfully, to a point where the search committee says it is optimistic that a name will be announced prior to Cultivate’16.

The search committee is comprised of representatives from the industry including:
• Susie Raker-Zimmerman, C. Raker & Sons
• Dan Batson, Greenforest Nursery
• Bill Calkins, Ball Horticultural Company
• Terri Cantwell, Bates Sons & Daughters
• Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries Inc.
• Dale Deppe, Spring Meadow Nursery Inc.
• Mark Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse
• Lisa Graf, Graf Growers
• Tom Hughes, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping


With the goal of expediting the process, the search committee is seeking candidates who embody the spirit of the industry and who possess a strong understanding of the AmericanHort mission and vision. Key Corporate Services, the search firm enlisted by American Hort, has been an invaluable partner in this process and brings with it nearly 20 years in the industry placing the right people in the right positions.

“The search committee has worked very hard in conjunction with our search firm to determine ideal characteristics for a new CEO,” says Raker-Zimmerman, Chair of the search committee. “Key Corporate Services has done a fantastic job of finding valid candidates that fit the profile developed by the Search Committee. We are actively interviewing candidates and moving through the process. I’m confident we will have our new CEO by July.”

AmericanHort is currently operating under the leadership of Sherry L. Johnson, AmericanHort Vice President of Knowledge and Business Advancement and Interim CEO, as well as the team of Vice Presidents including Craig Regelbrugge, Senior VP of Industry Advocacy and Research, and Alicia Rittenhouse, VP of Member and Strategic Engagement. David Savoia, former Interim President & CEO, has stepped down from this position to pursue other priorities. “We are grateful for David’s 18 years of service to AmericanHort and the industry. He has shown great commitment to the success of OFA and now AmericanHort, and his leadership is commended. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says Dale Deppe, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

In the meantime, AmericanHort continues to bring the industry and its members opportunities to advance their businesses and grow their connections through the upcoming Cultivate’16 Experience, Interior Plantscape Symposium, GrowPro Plug & Cutting Conference, webinars, government advocacy, and more.