Eason Horticultural Resources (EHR) announced that they have welcomed Judy Spark to their company. Spark comes to EHR with 16 years of experience in the horticultural industry. Her primary focus at a prior broker was vendor data management, where she was responsible for updating and maintaining product detail and pricing in the operating system, in support of the sales force and product managers. Organization, accuracy and prioritizing workload are some of her valued attributes.
Announced via press release, Dümmen Orange received 13 ribbons, one blue and 12 red, for participating in this year’s Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Outstanding Varieties Competition which was recently held in conjunction with that organization’s 136th annual convention in Orlando, Florida. The 13 ribbons won are the most that Dümmen Orange has been rewarded with in a single SAF competition.
Skylie, the new white cushion innovation in the cut chrysanthemum category, earned a blue ribbon from the judges. Thanks to its outstanding performance in vase life and for its productivity, Skylie was the highest scoring entry submitted by Dümmen Orange.
Momentum+, a sunny yellow rose and 2021 red ribbon selection in the cut rose category, was Dümmen Orange’s most talked about display. Showing off a beautiful and strong yellow, this rose is perfect for growers and florists in all seasons. Joining Momentum+ in the red ribbon-winning cut rose category were the varieties Camaleon+, Swan+, Sweet Mama+ and Violet Hill+.
Additional Dümmen Orange red ribbon winners were Indira, Maddie, Mia and Veronica in the cut chrysanthemum category. Royal Damascus and Zeppelin each earned red ribbons in the cut carnation category for the global floricultural leader. In the cut dianthus category, the green Barberatus Fresh, thanks to its versatility for all bouquet types and higher level of productivity, was named a red ribbon winner.
Many different varieties grown by Dümmen Orange’s valued industry allies were submitted to the competition. This includes Colombian-based Don Eusebio, Flores Chipatá, Flores El Capiro, Flores Silvestres, GR Chia, La Gaitana Farms, and Turflor. Ecuadorian-based Rosaprima helped Dümmen Orange with event logistics and American-based distributor Jet Fresh Flowers sponsored plant material for the supplier exhibition as well.
Click here for the entire list of SAF Outstanding Varieties 2021.
For more information on Dümmen Orange, please visit na.dummenorange.com.
OASIS Grower Solutions is pleased to announce the newest member of its technical sales team. Brenton Williams of Mahomet, Illinois has stepped into the role of Midwest/Southeast territory technical sales representative. Williams will build relationships with new and existing customers, collaborating with them on their processes, and providing them with solutions to ensure their continued growth and success.
Based out of Kent, Ohio, Williams transitioned to this new role from his previous position as senior greenhouse technician. Williams has been with OASIS Grower Solutions for seven years and initially joined the company because he "wanted to be part of making a positive and significant lasting impact on the world, and OGS felt like the right place and opportunity where I could be part of making that happen."
Hoffman Nursery, Inc. continues to strengthen its team with the hiring of a new logistics manager. Manny Martinez joined the nursery in July 2021 with over 20 years of experience in distribution and logistics. He specializes in team building and is responsible for educating other team members on using strategic implementation and improving efficiency, including lean process and company collaboration. His team ensures customers get accurate, timely and cost-effective shipments of the highest quality plants.
Before joining Hoffman Nursery, Martinez managed logistical operations for Goodwill Industries, Walmart and Burlington Coat Factory. He was brought onto the team when the nursery’s longtime shipping manager transitioned to full-time work on his family farm. As the logistics manager, Martinez manages the entire shipping process and oversees facilities personnel. He handles permitting and communicates with all the shipping vendors to keep a steady and timely flow of plants into and out of the nursery.
Martinez’ combination of positivity and boundless energy encourages others to work hard and do their jobs well. In his free time, he likes to hike and explore museums. He’s an avid vinyl record collector and loves discussing music. He has enjoyed learning the specifics of the nursery and has connected quickly with his new team. David Hoffman, senior director of sales and operations, says “Manny’s experience and resourcefulness make us confident we can navigate logistical challenges — even those intensified by the pandemic — while delivering high-quality plants and service.” As for Martinez, he’s “all in,” and the nursery’s customers will be happy to know he’s on the job.