J. Berry adds new employees
L-R: David Ocheltree, Emilia Edwards, Jim Hoover
J. Berry

J. Berry adds new employees

David Ocheltree, Emilia Edwards and Jim Hoover join the Texas nursery.


J. Berry Nursery and Genetics have announced the addition of three new team members. 

Emilia Edwards joins J. Berry as Project Manager and Production Coordinator. She is a high school graduate of J. Berry’s hometown of Grand Saline, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Emilia plans to pursue her Masters and enjoys working in a collaborative and diverse environment. She is a team player and enjoys applying her business skills of 10 years into a company as innovative as J. Berry.

David Ocheltree joins as Human Resources Manager/Continuous Improvement Manager. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, he is a graduate of Concordia University with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management. In 2018, he retired from the United States military after 26 years of faithful service. David currently brings his leadership as a mentor to the athletes of Team USA in the United States Olympic Committee. We are confident that the leadership skills and expertise he possesses will help launch the culture at J. Berry Nursery that empowers and fosters personal, professional, and spiritual growth.

Jim Hoover joins as Logistics and Shipping Manager. He has relocated from Minnesota where he has 30 years of experience in the logistics field after studying at Georgia Tech. He enjoys developing new business models to drive improvement and stays very active in different organizations that relate to the logistics industry. Jim and his wife Lori enjoy traveling to other parts of the world to learn and see many different cultures as well as spending time with their two sons and grandchild.