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GPN's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022

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40 UNDER 40 14 MAY 2022 GPNMAG.COM Angelina Amour QUALITY AND LEAN COORDINATOR PLEASANT VIEW GARDENS LOUDON, NEW HAMPSHIRE Accomplishments: • Organized and facilitated lean training and education for company's team members, strengthening continuous improvement culture. • Joined PVG as an international intern from Bulgaria working in shipping and growing. Fast forward 10 years and she is the company's Lean Coordinator, working toward Lean Bronze Certification. Off the Clock: When she's not working, Angelina enjoys reading, hiking and "exploring with my daughter, and of course watching Disney movies with her!" Home Country Cooking: Angelina's favorite foods are Bulgarian — after a decade of living in the U.S, "it is something I took for granted growing up and now I miss it so much." Kristopher Carlsson PORTFOLIO MANAGER PANAMERICAN SEED GUADALUPE, CALIFORNIA Accomplishments: • Kris takes great pride in teambuilding and the hiring and development of the teams he has worked with at Ball FloraPlant and PanAmerican Seed. • Helps develop customer-based solutions with the new products he's helped introduce and then enjoys seeing those products make an impact in the industry "by adding color to the world of horticulture." A Man of Many Talents: Kris is a classically trained pianist and can play many other instruments. He also enjoys working with art glass to make stained glass products and "I can drink a quart of egg nog in less than 60 seconds." In His Spare Time: Kris enjoys watching TV shows about car restoration, doing DIY home improvement projects, exercising and gardening. Leigh Ann Burbes SENIOR MARKET MANAGER/CENTRAL REGIONAL SALES MANAGER T.O. PLASTICS CLEARWATER, MINNESOTA/TROY, MISSOURI Accomplishments: • Helped implement and manage the company's New Product Development process with a strategic approach that results in thoughtful introductions and an improved experience for customers, sales, and engineers. • A versatile team player, Leigh Ann will jump in wherever she is needed. Whether it's providing training, covering multiple territories, or supporting other departments, she is ready to help out. Hitting the High Notes: Leigh Ann loves to sing, but usually not in front of people. And "while heights make me uncomfortable, I have a strong desire to skydive." Favorite Getaway Vacay: Montana. "My husband and I eloped to Glacier (National Park), so it holds a very special place in my heart." Kathleen Cooper RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER COSTA FARMS MIAMI, FLORIDA Accomplishments: • Works with breeders to solve grower issues such as daylength requirements, pests, diseases and heat tolerance. • Responsible for new variety trials and evaluates over 1,500 new trial codes — from propagation to production to performance trials. • Named Costa Farm's Employee of the Year for 2021. Can't Live Without: Kathleen loves living near the water. "Whether it be the beaches in Miami, rivers in North Carolina, or the beach in my hometown Myrtle Beach, I love spending time by the water." A Deep-Rooted Family Tree That Knows How to Spell: Kathleen's great-great aunt Helen lived to be 112 years old, and she is a distant cousin of Vanna White of Wheel of Fortune.

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