Mobile Phone: (516) 526-4495
Office Phone: (631) 262-9533
Fax Number: (631) 262-9534
Ron graduated from Penn State University in 1963 with a degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture. His career in the industry began at Ball Seed in 1963 in the Grower Service Department. In time, he moved on to The Henry F. Michell Company in 1964 where he initally managed the Nursery Department and then moved on to sales. Ron joined Vaughan's Seed Company in 1976 and stayed with them through all their iterations and partnership with McHutchison. Ron's passion is horticulture and is currently servicing New York.
Ron likes to travel and goes to Aruba, six weeks out of every year and works from the beach. His hobbies include selling plants, following sports (go Penn State and Giants!), watching movies, remembering phone numbers, and listening to music from the 50s and 60s as well as country music too. His life's passion is to sell plants as long as he's able to.
Mobile Phone: (603) 470-8817
Fax Number: (866) 687-2260
Key Accounts Representative
Mobile Phone: (845) 323-8120
Fax Number: (845) 913-1342
Eric Nyberg received his BA in Political Science from State University of NY in 1992. He has 28 years of Garden Center/Horticultural Sales Experience with 15 of those years in greenhouse broker sales, the last 3 years as Key Account Manager. Eric’s current role is Hybrid Key Account Manager/Regional Sales Manager. Eric is married to Nina for 26 years and has 2 kids: Diana-22 years, Eric-18 years. Diana is recently engaged to Jaryk. We have 3 dogs between us: Maisy, Ollie, and Jimmy. They all constitute my hobbies and goals. I want to do this job of helping salespeople grow and building business until I retire. Then I don’t know….maybe I’ll drive an iced cream truck.
Mobile Phone: (440) 537-5029
Fax Number: (855) 864-5790
Mobile Phone: (207) 232-0637
Fax Number: (855) 864-5790
Mobile Phone: (714) 745-5098
Cathy graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Plant Science, specializing in Environmental Horticulture. Throughout her career, she has sold fertilizers and pesticides, greenhouses and hard goods, heating and cooling systems, potting mixes, and best of all, young plant starts, with McGregor Plant Sales, Aris Horticulture, and Vaughan’s Horticulture, currently covering the state of California.
Cathy and her husband, Dave, like to travel, especially to Seattle to visit their daughter and son-in-law. Cathy likes to garden (currently putting together a nice cactus collection!) and sew, and help her husband with his construction projects.
Office Phone: (855) 864-3300 Toll Free
Fax Number: (855) 864-5790 Toll Free
Mobile Phone: (503) 435-9551
Fax Number: (855) 864-5790
Mobile Phone: (773) 642-6426
Fax Number: (773) 305-7751
Kim graduated with a degree in Horticulture from the University of Tennessee. Since that time she has gained invaluable experience in the nursery trade and the commercial greenhouse field, specializing in unrooted cuttings and rooted liners. Kim’s commitment to serving the needs of her customers stems from her intimate knowledge of the challenges faced by growers.
Mobile Phone: (912) 223-0964
Office Phone: (912) 261-1920
Fax Number: (912) 261-0720
Mobile Phone: (720) 925-8337
Office Phone: (303) 697-5110
Fax Number: (855) 864-5790
Galen J. Dokter is a Horticulturist/Senior Account Manager with Vaughan's Horticulture, covering the Rocky Mountain States of: Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and New Mexico. His educational background consists of a degree in Business Management and a degree in Horticulture. A career Horticulturist for 40+yrs, Galen has owned businesses of both retail/wholesale production and knows through life experiences what customers needs are having lived it. He finds joy in new start ups and problem solution solving. Galen's strong points are business planning, production, and plant selection. His hobbies and goals are enjoying travel, golf, hiking, photography, artistic painting, and studying of history around the world. Galen looks forward to enjoying time with his wife of 43+ years, kids, and 6 grandkids.
Office Phone: (608) 850-4575
Fax Number: (608) 850-4552
Gary Lee has been in horticultural sales for 36 years with McHutchison, Syngenta, and Vaughan’s covering Wisconsin and certain areas of Minnesota and the UP of Michigan. Gary is a graduate of UW River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. Hobbies include gardening, hunting and spending time in nature.
Territory: Long Island and northern New Jersey
Mobile Phone: (631) 300-8333
Melissa started her horticulture career in High School at a local garden center after her father suggested she get a job! She continued her education earning a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Delaware. She spent almost 2 decades as the head grower for a local, family owned garden center producing spring annuals, Easter, fall and Christmas crops. She served 2 terms as President of Long Island Flower Growers’ Association and currently holds a position as a board member.
Melissa studied Taekwondo for 12 years achieving the rank of 2nd degree Black Belt. She is passionate about fitness competing in obstacle course races and riding long distance on her bicycle. She lives on Long Island with her husband where they share a love of cycling often taking rides or racing together. They met when he was working in a bike store. Melissa is the sales rep for Long Island and Northern NJ bringing all what is new and exciting to her customers.
Aaron Leech graduated from the College of Knowledge program from Michigan State University. He was also selected to the inaugural GPN 40 under 40. He has been a grower since he was 18 of spring annuals and bedding plants and finished his growing career at DGI Propagators before he came to Vaughan’s. Aaron's current role is Key Account sales rep for Michigan and other states in the Midwest. His hobbies include camping with his family in the summer all over Michigan and western big game hunting in the fall. His goal is to travel the country in an RV once he retires.
Mobile Phone: (785) 760-0571
Joe started in the hort industry in 1973; first as a humble greenhouse worker in Dallas, Texas and eventually to general manager of Aldershot of New Mexico during the 1980’s. Developing his career further, Joe managed other large wholesale operations in Texas and then began his sales career with Vaughan’s Seed Company in 1989.
These days, Joe is not only busy keeping a keen eye on industry developments and trends but he finds the time to connect with growers, meet their challenges and coach them with helpful suggestions and cultural advice, ultimately helping make them successful.
Mobile Phone: (360) 303-4339
Brent Boardman is a Vaughan’s Horticulture representative serving key accounts in the West. Brent landed his first Horticulture job – in accounting nonetheless – roughly two decades ago, before earning a degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University (Go Cougs!). Since then, he has spent years honing his Hort industry knowledge in both purchasing and production management, planned packaging in North America for the world’s largest berry supplier, and devoted the past few years consultatively supporting greenhouse growers and the supply chain. Brent has extensive experience in worldwide sourcing and delivery of products ranging from tissue culture through to prefinished. He knows it all starts with the first conversation though, so customer service reins as priority.
When the workday slows a bit, Brent spends time on renovations and figuring out the next place to travel.
Connect with Brent on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/brentboardman
Mobile Phone: (803) 983-9676
Lauren services customers in North and South Carolina and has an extensive horticulture background. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from Clemson University. Most recently she spent five years as a Horticulture Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension of NC State University, where she consulted for consumer and commercial clients including ornamental production. Prior to that, she was a horticulturist at two public gardens where she tended to all the latest and greatest plants. She has a strong work ethic, and enjoys solving problems and learning along the way! Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband Holmes traveling to the beach and the mountains biking, hiking, and playing with their dog George.
Rebecca Lusk is an East Coast Key Account Sales Representative for Vaughan’s; one of two distributors for Dümmen Orange, which is a leading international breeder focused on potted plants, bedding plants, perennials, tropical plants, cut flowers, and bulbs. Her responsibilities include strategic business planning and sales development with key accounts. She is the Founder & past President of Luxflora, a women-led organization working to create a lifestyle movement that uses flowers for expression in everyday life. Notable is her 21 years of employment with Dümmen Orange. Her passions include culinary arts, travel and the experiences related.
Mobile Phone: Cell: 616-638-8889
Avery is a Michigan State alumni who has been around the industry his entire life. Avery has 10 years of brokerage experience. Currently is the Regional Sales Manager and Key Accounts.. Avery works with customers to bring a solution oriented approach to their business to help streamline and maximize profitability.
Mobile Phone: (949) 375-4808
Mobile Phone: 718-214-9775
April has been immersed in the horticulture industry since she was a kid, having grown up in her parent’s retail garden center in central Wisconsin. April has over 9 years of experience managing all aspects of a garden center and as a lead grower. With a degree in Marketing from UW-Eau Claire, April combines her horticulture knowledge with the ability to increase sales through branding, advertising and hosting special events.
April loves visiting garden centers and plans family vacations centered around visiting botanical gardens throughout the USA. She stays on top of industry trends and has a passion for rare and unusual plants. She is married with two young children, Josie & Kolton. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, fishing, traveling, playing board games and working on DIY projects.
National Sales Manager
Mobile Phone: 630-532-7281
Harris arrives at Vaughan’s Horticulture with a deep background in driving business growth, capitalizing on new revenue potential and creating customer value through delivering service solutions. A specialist in customer relationship development, he has 30 years of professional expertise. Harris worked previously as regional sales manager and ColorLink sales manager for Ball Seed Company. Prior to that, he gained valuable experience as a national account manager for W.W. Grainger and an account manager for Philip Morris USA/Altria.
Mobile Phone: 786-340-0972