40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Dana Massey


Plantworks Nursery

Job Title



  • Joined Plantworks Nursery as part-time employee while still in college in 2009 and purchased the company from former owner Doug Chapman in 2017.
  • First greenhouse grower to complete the two-year North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission’s Agricultural Leadership Development Program hosted by North Carolina State University.


Ready to Respond: No stranger to putting out everyday fires in her business life, Dana is also a volunteer firefighter in her local community. Her husband, Joel, is a captain on the fire department.

Fun Facts

The All-American Meal: Dana’s favorite food is a perfectly grilled, juicy steak with sweet potato and salad.

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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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