40 Under 40, Class of 2023

Sonya Westervelt


Saunders Brothers Inc.

Job Title

Chief of Wholesale Sales


  • Earned a master’s degree in public horticulture as a fellow in The Longwood Graduate Program.
  • Built an extensive, multi-season, multi-crop prebook system that has allowed for better production planning, crop maintenance and increased sales.
  • Served on the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association board of directors from 2009 to 2016, including as president in 2015.
  • Has strengthened the relationships between sales, production and inventory to help Saunders Brothers realize sustained growth since 2018.


A Solid Foundation: Sonya’s greatest personal accomplishment is building a family, home and career in a beautiful place and being grateful for it every day.

Fun Facts

Tickle the Ivories: Sonya is currently taking piano lessons.