40 Under 40, Class of 2018

Mike Richardson


Walla Walla Nursery Co.

Job Title

Production Manager


  • Helped company navigate the SANC (Systems Approach to Nursery Certification) process. Identifying ways to improve processes and produce top quality plants.
  • Continually works to make the company lean and to design his programs with lean first and foremost.


Favorite Hobby? Filling a backpack with five days' worth of gear and heading into the wilderness to find a mountain lake to raft and fish. "Not much can beat the feeling of fighting a brook trout after a long hike into the back country."

Fun Facts

Can’t Live Without: Music. “It has been a part of my entire life ... it can spark so many memories and emotions and it really is something special for me.”

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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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May 2020 GPN
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