40 Under 40, Class of 2012

Susan Raker Zimmerman

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C. Raker & Sons, Litchfield, Mich.

Job Title

Sales & Marketing Team Leader


Developed company’s fundraiser program for non-profit organizations and helps design program’s combo planters and vegetable/herb combos; Helped create a company program from $11,000 in sales in 2006 to more than $1 million this year; Recipient of 2011 Michigan Cooperation Award from National Association of Agricultural Educators for work with Future Farmers of America.


Hobbies: Softball, gardening, reading and cooking; Favorite Movies: Rudy. “I love the underlying message … to be persistent in following your dreams;"" Susie was instrumental in persuading and assisting Jonesville, Mich., in participating in the America in Bloom program.

Fun Facts

“Contrary to popular belief, Gerry Raker is not father. My father is Dave Raker (Gerry’s brother) who is retired from the business.”

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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P.O. Box 128
Sparta, MI 49345

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