TreeTown USA announced this week that David Kirby has been named Executive Vice President of TreeTown USA/Village Nurseries/Hines Growers. Kirby will report directly to Jonathan Saperstein, CEO of TreeTown USA, in the newly created position and will be based at the company’s Western Division headquarters in Orange, CA.
Kirby’s career spans nearly 30 years, most recently at Monrovia Nursery, where he acquired a wide-ranging knowledge of plants and growing conditions. This experience was instrumental in creating successful retail programs throughout the country.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join such a great team of experienced industry professionals who have the knowledge, commitment, and resources to become the number-one nursery in America,” Kirby says. “With the combined experience in the rewholesale, landscape, mass merchant, and independent garden center retail market segments, TreeTown USA is in the best possible position to develop the right plant mix and customer programs to grow with our changing industry.”
“After an extensive national search, we were fortunate to recruit David,” Saperstein says. “He’ll assume responsibility for a number of key functions, including leading our national sales team. David has built an enviable reputation as an extraordinary leader with a thorough knowledge of the nursery business. He will become a key executive in what I consider one of the strongest leadership teams in the industry.”
Kirby is an active member of the California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers. In 2014, he was honored by Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as a distinguished Alumni. The award is bestowed on graduates whose careers bring distinction to the college and to their professions in agriculture and natural resources.
In conjunction with the Kirby appointment, David House is retiring after 37 years with the company, first as Village Nurseries CEO, then president of the West Coast Division of TreeTown USA.
“I believe the sale of the company to TreeTown USA is the best thing that could have ever happened to Village Nurseries,” House says. “We are now part of a much larger family, one that continues to grow under the leadership of Jonathan Saperstein. While the company continues to grow, it still maintains the same family-like culture we shared at Village, which is something everyone should be proud to be a part of. On a more personal note, I am certain that my father, Tom, who started the company and has since passed, is proud of all of our accomplishments and certainly where the company is heading.”
“David House’s industry knowledge and proven leadership abilities helped propel Village Nurseries into one of America’s most successful wholesale nurseries dedicated to landscape professionals,” Saperstein says. “Bringing him into the TreeTown USA family was one of the major factors in acquiring his company. We wish him a wonderful, productive, and stress-free retirement from the nursery industry.”
With its recent acquisition of a West Coast Division, including Village Nurseries and Hines Growers, TreeTown now has a coast-to-coast footprint for its broad mix of high-quality plant material that includes more than 5,000 plant selections and variations.