Loudon, N.H. – As one the country’s top-performing wholesale growers of annuals, perennials, and herbs, the success of Pleasant View Gardens can be attributed to great customers and outstanding employees. One of those is long-time staffer, Barry Vater, who PVG recently appointed as the company’s first general manager.
“Given the company’s trajectory, we felt it important to have someone leading our day-to-day operations, based on the strategy I’ve directed,” says Pleasant View’s president and CEO, Henry Huntington. “Given Barry’s tenure with the company and his ability to recognize the bigger picture, we knew he was the perfect choice as we continue to grow.”
Since 2009, Vater has functioned as the company’s CFO. As such, he brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the company’s financial picture to his new position as GM. Vater has been involved in every aspect of the company’s operation and growth.
“Putting Barry in place as our GM was a no-brainer,” says Andy Huntington, PVG national sales manager. “He brings the right knowledge, experience, and temperament that will help us improve our operation and, ultimately, help our customers become more successful.”
Vater got his career start as a senior financial analyst with Wang Laboratories in the early 80s. After that, Vater learned the ins and outs of JIT manufacturing and spearheaded the inventory management system at MKS Instruments in the early 90s. Vater later joined the Nashua Corporation, where he was controller and lead staff manager for this multi-million dollar specialty coatings manufacturer. Following that, Vater became corporate controller for the manufacturer of telephone headsets and amplifiers, GN Netcom. Rounding out his career prior to Pleasant View Gardens, Vater worked at Amphenol Printed Circuits, where he was responsible for the company’s P&L, monthly forecasts, annual budget, and strategic plan.
He was then selected as the chief financial officer at Pleasant View Gardens in the fall of 2009. The energy, enthusiasm, and forward thinking he brings to PVG makes him the ideal GM for PVG, helping it and its customers become more successful each and every growing season.