Greenhouse Product News

May 2021

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16 MAY 2021 GPNMAG.COM 40 UNDER 40 Heather Bach VICE PRESIDENT KOBA CORP. MIDDLESEX, NEW JERSEY Accomplishments: • Responsible for overseeing company's production, material securement, AND direct sales along with international sales team and complete financial management. • Always willing to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty, she is enthusiastic and passionate for the industry, the company, its employees and customers while maintaining the right balance of work and family. Off the Clock: When she's not working, Heather enjoys spending time outdoors or traveling with her husband and four children. Company's Family Tree: Heather's father-in- law and the founder of Koba Corp., Franz Bach, Sr., came to America in 1957 with only $5 in his pocket and was able to launch the 55-year-old company in less than a decade. Nathan Carney SENIOR EQUIPMENT SUPPORT SPECIALIST/KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER PROFILE PRODUCTS BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS Accomplishments: • Member of the company's team that researched and commercially launched a new growing substrate (HydraFiber) and related processing equipment for the horticulture market. • Manages relationships with company's equipment partners, which includes supporting over 100 pieces of substrate processing equipment in 28 states, and seven countries on five continents. A Motivated Reader: Nathan's go-to book is "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. "It motivates me to get tasks done. At the end of the day you need to hold yourself accountable at the highest regard." Gotta Go Outside: All of his hobbies revolve around the outdoors. He is an avid golfer and trail runner. He also enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking. Kait Barry RETAIL BUSINESS MANAGER GRIFFIN GREENHOUSE SUPPLY TEWKSBURY, MASSACHUSETTS Accomplishments: • Helped company increase retail department sales 60% in five years by building strong vendor relationships, creating sales programs and keeping up with market trends to stay relevant. • Continually making an impact by participating on multiple company committees such as ecommerce, technology advancements, company culture and succession planning. In Her Spare Time: Kait loves to travel, try different foods and meet new people. "I also love to create scrapbooks for the different places I have traveled to and for special moments in my life." On Her Bucket List: Running in the Boston Marathon. She recently completed her first half-marathon and has set her sights on the world's oldest annual marathon (all 26 miles and 385 yards of it). Elizabeth Carr PRICING MANAGER SYNGENTA FLOWERS GILROY, CALIFORNIA Accomplishments: • Helped transform company's customer service team into a cohesive, collaborative and efficient unit by standardizing processes and promoting more training to elevate their performances while delivering exceptional customer service. • Enhanced internal pricing processes and operations, which increased customer satisfaction while also saving company time in multiple departments. Motherly Instincts: As a single mother, Elizabeth has "found deep motivation to improve myself personally and professionally to provide the best possible life for my little one." She uses her experience to help other moms as leader of her church's first ever single-moms group. She's a Spudwoman: Elizabeth's favorite food is potatoes. "Yes, I know that is weird, but they are so versatile!" Victoria Bolden PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATOR NORTH CREEK NURSERIES LANDENBERG, PENNSYLVANIA Accomplishments: • Learned how to use multiple software programs to keep company's production plan running smoothly to produce thousands of perennial liners every week. • Responsible for managing company's cutting and stock crews and purchases for stock, cuttings, grasses and bare root materials. Also manages the harvest and planting of 3.3 mm cuttings from company's own stock. When It Comes to Money Matters: Victoria successfully completed the Ramsey Financial Coach Master Training program "which allows me to confidently coach people on personal finances and financial freedom." She's Also a Wordsmith: When she's not in the greenhouse, Victoria enjoys writing fiction. In 2020, she published her first novel, "Aqua 1 — Over the Brine." Mickey Clickner BEDDING PLANT MANAGER TALLAHASSEE NURSERIES TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA Accomplishments: • Coordinates the donation of vegetables and flowers to local schools and churches. Hosts and co-organizes nursery's Little Gardener Grow Club, where kids aged 4-12 participate in fun and educational gardening activities. • Responsible for stocking over 120 varieties of vegetables, 30-50 varieties of annuals and 30- 50 varieties of perennials from 20+ wholesale nurseries across the Southeast. A Place with Roots: Mickey recently purchased his first home and no longer needs "to dig up plants and move an embarrassing amount of containers" every few years like he did when he was renting. Can't Live Without: His music playlist on his phone. "It's the soundtrack to a good day, bad day, road trip or the ride home from work."

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