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According to a press release, AmericanHort announced the election of three new members to the board of directors, as well as the election of a new roster of officers. The official welcome and installation will take place at Cultivate’21, July 10-13, in Columbus, Ohio.

“These people are leaders across the horticulture industry and include a variety of backgrounds, skills and backgrounds. We are delighted to welcome this group of new directors, ”said Ken Fisher, President and CEO of AmericanHort. “We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our leaders and the leadership they provide to our organization and our industry. ”

The new roster of leaders will include Cole Mangum of Bell Nursery USA as the new chairman of the board and Jon Reelhorn of Belmont Nursery as vice chairman of the board. In addition, J. Harvey Cotton Jr. recently joined the Board of Directors to serve as Treasurer, a non-voting position. Tom Hughes of Hughes Nursery & Landscaping will become past president.

Mangum is vice president of operations for Bell Nursery in Elkridge, MD, one of the nation’s largest producers of annuals and perennials. Cole oversees operations at 8 facilities and coordinates a team of category managers who manage the shipment of the finished product. A graduate of Salisbury University, Cole has dedicated himself to championing various facets of the industry during his career. He has served on the National Leadership Cabinet for the Seed Your Future initiative, as a horticulture representative for the Maryland Agricultural Commission and on the advisory board of Greenhouse Grower Technology. Cole remains committed to keeping the horticulture industry a strong and viable long-term career path – both locally and nationally.

Reelhorn is the owner and president of the Belmont Nursery located in Fresno, California. Like many successful businesses, Jon’s company values ​​come from the top down. Belmont Nursery is a third generation business that enjoys being a part of its local community and includes nursery cultivation, greenhouse cultivation and a retail garden center. Jon graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in Plant Science, graduated from the California Ag Leadership Program, and graduated from the Executive Academy for Growth and Leadership. Jon is very active in his industry having served on the boards of the California Farm Bureau and the California Nursery and Landscape Association (now Plant California Association), he has held several committee positions with the American Nursery and Landscape Association. (ANLA) and was president of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI).

Cotten is a writer, designer and garden consultant. After 22 years with the Huntsville Botanical Garden, most recently as vice-president and chief horticulturist, he retired in 2014. He continues to present workshops for the Botanical Garden, master gardeners associations, clubs of gardening and other botanical gardens and arboreta while giving lectures in the south-east. on various garden topics. Harvey is currently president of the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association and past president of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and the Alabama Invasive Plant Council.

The members of AmericanHort elected the following new directors:

Rob Lando is the CEO of AgriNomix, based in Oberlin, Ohio, the largest nursery and greenhouse automation provider in North America and is being elected for a second term as a director. He and three producer partners formed AgriNomix (formerly Flier USA) in 1994 to provide local sales and service for Dutch manufacturing high tech automation. While continuing to do so, the company has also grown into an important domestic designer and manufacturer. In addition to his day job, Rob is an active board member of the Neighborhood Alliance, a Northeast Ohio nonprofit that provides essential services to Lorain County residents at all stages of life. Prior to AgriNomix, Lando was Senior Vice President responsible for Sales and Service at Bouldin & Lawson of McMinnville, TN, and he began his journey in the horticulture industry with Langley Peat Moss of Fort Langley, BC in 1980.

Steve Mostardi is the owner and general manager of Mostardi Nursery, a garden center located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He is a third generation nurseryman and certified horticulturist from Pennsylvania with a lifelong interest in the world of plants. Steve attended the Arboretum School at the Barnes Foundation, as well as the Ambler Campus at Temple University. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, as well as being chair of the PHS Gold Medal Plant Award Committee. In addition, he is honored to judge the horticultural exhibitions at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Nationally, he was most recently president of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI).

Lyndsi Oestmann grew up in the nursery started by her father, Mark Clear. A graduate of Kansas State University, Lyndsi is now President of Loma Vista Nursery, overseeing all strategic and operational responsibilities for 300 acres of container production, 500 acres of field production with sales primarily focused on the states. of the Midwest and the mountains. Lyndsi is an active and very involved participant in the green industry having served for 5 years on the board of directors of the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association, including as chairman of the board in 2016, and served on the board of the Western Nursery and Landscape Association. She is a member of the Horticultural Advisory Board of Johnson County Community College and a recipient of the WNLA State Association Leader Award in 2017, and the Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards in 2020. Caring for the present and the present. The future of horticulture, Lyndsi is dedicated to recruiting young people into the industry.

These new directors will join current directors Gerry Docksteader, Advanced Horticultural Solutions, MD; Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler Inc, IA; Joe Hobson, Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies Inc, IL; Amy Morris, NG Heimos Serres, Illinois; Ed Overdevest, Overdevest Nurseries LP, NJ; and Jonathan Saperstein, Everde Growers, Texas.

AmericanHort and its members also wish to thank the outgoing board members, Susie Raker-Zimmerman of Raker Roberta’s Young Plants, who served on the board for six years, including past president; and Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries, who is completing a three-year term in July.


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