Do you know a young industry professional is 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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Have You Met the Class of 2020?

These 40 up-and-comers have already been making things happen and will continue to do so for many, many years. As you will see, they have the drive, passion and expertise that will propel our industry forward. Everyone in this year’s class was nominated by one of their peers for their accomplishments both in and out of the horticulture industry. It is their exemplary leadership, creativity, compassion and innovative thinking that have moved them to the head of the class — and now it’s your turn to learn about them … and, more importantly, from them!

Check out the May issue of GPN to learn more about the Class of 2020.

For more information on GPN’s 40 Under 40, please contact Tim Hodson at [email protected]


Class of 2012

Aaron Leech

Duwayne''s Greenhouses, Hudsonville, Mich.

Alicia Rittenhouse

OFA — the Association for Horticulture Professionals, Columbus, Ohio

Amelie Brazelton Aust

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Lowell, Ore.

Art Parkerson

Lancaster Farms Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, Va.

Bill Calkins

Ball Horticultural Co., West Chicago, Ill.

Brian Krug, PhD

University of New Hampshire Extension, Durham, N.H.

Brian Trader, PhD

Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa.

Brian Weesies

Mast Young Plants, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Chad Miller, PhD

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

Chad Olson

Olson’s Greenhouse Gardens, Salem, Utah

Chrissy Hipshier

Hortech Inc., Spring Lake, Mich.

Dan Gerace

Welby Gardens, Denver, Colo.

Dave Konsoer

Proven Winners, Hinsdale, Ill.

Dave Van Belle

Van Belle Nursery, Abbotsford, British Columbia

DeVonne Friesen

Van Belle Nursery, Abbotsford, British Columbia

Gladys Andiru Opiyo

Shenandoah Growers, Harrisonburg, Va.

Greg Mitchell

Stacy’s Greenhouses, York, S.C.

Jayme Visnesky

Penn Hills Lawn & Garden Center and Gift Shop, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jennifer Kurtz

Kurtz Farms, Cheshire, Conn.

Jessica DeGraaf

C. Raker & Sons, Litchfield, Mich.

Jim Moylan

Ray Wiegand’s Nursery & Garden Center, Macomb, Mich.

John Morgan

Bob’s Market & Greenhouses, Mason, W. Va.

John Mossel

Grand Flower Growers, Wayland, Mich.

Josh Roggenbuck

The Flower Farm, Bad Axe, Mich.

Josh Schneider

Cultivaris North America, San Diego, Calif.

Kate Santos, PhD

Costa Farms, Goulds, Fla.

Kate Terrell

Wallace’s Garden Center, Bettendorf, Iowa

Kurt Van der Wetering

Ivy Acres, Baiting Hollow, N.Y.

Landon Bolick

Layman Wholesale, Trenton, S.C.

Layci Gragnani

Greenheart Farms, Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Leah James

James Greenhouses, Colbert, Ga.

Matt Altman

Altman Plants, Vista, Calif.

Matt Blanchard, PhD

Syngenta Flowers, Gilroy, Calif.

Roberto Lopez, PhD

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Stephanie Whitehouse Barlow

Peace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Pa.

Susan Raker Zimmerman

C. Raker & Sons, Litchfield, Mich.

Tabitha West

Cedar Valley Nurseries, Ada, Okla.

Tim Moore

Lucas Greenhouse, Monroeville, N.J.

Tom Costamagna

Mid-American Growers, Granville, Ill.

Yudisne “Judy” Albano

Riverview Flower Farm

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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.
Ben Vliestra
Sidney Phelps
Jennifer Moss
Daniel Norden
W. Garrett Owen
Jessica Montgomery
Elien Peters
Rose Oberholzer
Nikki Melin

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