AmericanHort has announced the election of four new members to the board of directors, along with the election of a new slate of board officers. The official welcome and installation will take place at Cultivate’22 being held July 16-19, in Columbus, Ohio. “We are excited to welcome these leaders who come from various segments of the green industry and encompass diverse experiences, skills, and backgrounds,” said Ken Fisher, president & CEO of AmericanHort. “We also appreciate the dedication and commitment of our officers and the leadership they provide our organization and industry, particularly during the challenges of the past few years.”
The new slate of officers will include Jon Reelhorn of Belmont Nursery as the new chairman of the board, and Rob Lando of Agrinomix as the new vice chairman of the board. Cole Mangum of Bell Nursery will become the immediate past chairman and J. Harvey Cotton will continue to serve as board treasurer in a non-voting position.
Jon Reelhorn is owner and president of Belmont Nursery located in Fresno, California. Belmont Nursery is a third-generation business that loves being part of its local community and includes nursery growing, greenhouse growing and a retail garden center. Jon is a graduate of Fresno State University with a degree in Plant Science, a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program and a graduate of the Executive Academy for Growth and Leadership. Jon is very active in his industry having served as a board member with the California Farm Bureau and California Nursery and Landscape Association (now Plant California Association). He held several committee roles with the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and has been chairman of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI).
Rob Lando co-founded and grew Ohio based AgriNomix into North America’s largest supplier of automation to nurseries and greenhouses. At the start of this year, AgriNomix and Zwart Systems joined forces to become part of the newly formed AdeptAg where he continues to be involved with business development and R&D projects. Rob recently formed Western Roots LLC to allow him to continue to use his industry experience to work with growers on strategic planning and management issues. Rob is an active board member for Neighborhood Alliance, a Northeast Ohio non-profit which provides essential services to Lorain County residents in all stages of life. Rob was first elected to the AmericanHort board of directors in 2018, prior to which he served as a member on the AmericanHort Finance Committee.
The AmericanHort membership has elected the following new board directors:
Kurt Becker is executive vice president of Dramm Corporation, located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, which has been a leader in watering tools and accessories for more than 75 years. As EVP of Commercial Products Sales & Marketing, Kurt has decades of experience collaborating with growers on pest management, irrigation systems, humidity management and air movement. In addition to managing the commercial business for Dramm, Kurt leads marketing for the group and has been instrumental in Dramm’s support of Cultivate and AmericanHort. Kurt’s industry activities have included serving as a director for Bedding Plants Incorporated, Ohio Florist Association and America in Bloom.
Matt Edmundson, president of Arbor Valley Nursery in Brighton, Colorado, is a second-generation nurseryman and third generation business owner of Arbor Valley Nursery. Arbor Valley Nursery is a hybrid supplier growing balled and burlapped shade and ornamental trees as well as container grown woody shrubs, western natives, perennials and ornamental grasses. Their facility offers the latest technology in irrigation and water quality management as well as scale for producing, holding and shipping products to markets including landscape projects and retail garden centers. Matt is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder and has served in various leadership roles with the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association, the Colorado Nursery Research and Education Foundation and the GreenCo legislative committee.
Kent Fullmer is President at Fullmer’s Landscaping in Dayton, Ohio, a residential landscape design and build company. Kent’s father started the business in 1962. Kent assumed ownership of the company in 2005 and continues to lead the second-generation company with passion and integrity. Kent brings high energy to the art of landscaping and his goal to provide positive personal experiences to Fullmer’s Landscaping’s clients. Kent has considerable experience working across the industry as he has served on the board of directors of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, is currently serving on the AmericanHort Landscape Contractor Committee and is a certified arborist as well as a member of the International Society of Arboriculture.
Ann Tosovsky is president of Home Nursery, a field and container production nursery headquartered in Albers, Illinois. The business includes production facilities in Illinois and Tennessee and distribution centers in Illinois and Missouri. Ann is a third-generation owner and leader of the business that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. Not thinking this was the life for her, Ann attended Eastern Illinois University and pursued a degree in business. Ann worked her way around the company and learned the processes and procedures of the business gaining experience in sales, marketing and administrative tasks. She transitioned to the role of president in 2012. Ann has considerable experience working across the industry and the community having served on a variety of industry boards and organizations including the Illinois Green Industry Association Board of Directors, Madison County Extension Education Foundation Board, Hortica Advisory Council and Hortica Insurance Board, The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Advisory Board, and the Rotary Club of Edwardsville Board of Directors.
These new directors will join current directors Mike Gooder of Plantpeddler Iowa; Steve Mostardi of Mostardi Nursery, Pennsylvania, Lyndsi Oestmann of Loma Vista Nursery, Kansas, Ed Overdevest of Overdevest Nurseries, New Jersey, and Jonathan Saperstein of Everde Growers, Texas.
AmericanHort and its members also want to thank outgoing board members, Tom Hughes of Hughes Nursery & Landscaping, Iowa, who served six years on the board including immediate past chairman, and Gerry Docksteader of Advanced Horticultural Solutions, Maryland, Joe Hobson of Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies, Illinois, and Amy Morris of N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, Illinois, who served three-year terms as board directors.