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Team

Growing Strong

We Grow Together

After 120 years of growing, we know what makes a business thrive: teamwork. Just like the gardens we tend to, each Smith Gardens office and facility is teeming with passion and life.

Our collaborative team culture, collective expertise and enthusiasm for horticulture is what makes all the difference for our customers and employees alike. We genuinely love what we do – and we bring our best to every day and every crop in our facilities.

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Executive Team

Patrick Berschauer
Patrick Berschauer
Bellingham Site Manager
John Mencheski
John Mencheski
Marysville Site Manager
Wes Bailey
Wes Bailey
Aurora Site Manager
Phil Nienaber
Phil Nienaber
General Manager, PP&L
Heather Everett
Heather Everett
Human Resources Director
April Herring
April Herring
Marketing Director, PP&L
Steve Lendvay
Steve Lendvay
Sales Director, PP&L
Greg McNamara
Greg McNamara
IT Director
Denise Mullins
Denise Mullins
Director of Product Innovation
John Nunamaker
John Nunamaker
Supply Chain Director
Peter Rempp
Peter Rempp
Facilities Director
Michael Vario
Michael Vario
Distribution Director
Steve Veeneman
Steve Veeneman
Horticulture Director
Eric Smith
Eric Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Doug Ward
Doug Ward
Chief Financial Officer
Lars Nilsen
Lars Nilsen
EVP Sales & Marketing

Meet our Employees of the Month

Aurora, OR
Jane Smith
Bellingham, WA
TEAM BELLINGHAM
Marysville, WA
Guadalupe & Lourdes
PP&L Watsonville, CA
Mario & Luis
Jane Smith
Aurora, OR
Jane Smith
Head Grower

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TEAM BELLINGHAM
Bellingham, WA
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Spring is an “all hands on deck” type of season. And this year made no exception. Luckily this group of incredible group pulled together, worked as a team, collaborated and executed a number of challenges, along with the long list of day to day expectations. And they did it all with positive attitudes.

Cameron, Samuel, Lucas, Artemio, Pablo, Martha, Dionicia, Parkash, Dylan, Abraham we cannot thank you enough. For your dedication, collaborative attitudes, setting and completing goals, Employee of the Month was well earned and certainly deserved!

Guadalupe & Lourdes
Marysville, WA
Guadalupe & Lourdes

This month we celebrate Guadalupe and Lourdes! Two incredible team members who embody the WE culture we strive for here at the Smith Gardens Marysville facility. They are both incredible leads with great attitudes and are always open to learning new aspects of greenhouse tasks.

We are lucky to have you on the Smith Gardens team! Employees of the Month is well deserved and certainly earned.

Mario & Luis
PP&L Watsonville, CA
Mario & Luis

Congratulations to Mario Salazar and Luis M Orozco and Mario Salazar! Our March, EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH.

Luis joined PP&L team just over a year ago as part of the growing team. From day one Luis has been executing lead and supervisor level tasks all with a level of professionalism employers dream to find in their team. He is reliable, consistent, driven, proficient, and focused at all times. His clear communication and constant smile make him easy and fun to work with. Luis has brought with him the ability to quickly pick up a greenhouse task and in-turn train others to properly and safely execute the greenhouse job. He is respectful, readily available, and ready to put his best foot forward for his team and PP&L.

Mario came to PP&L with over 12 years of growing experience making him a natural fit. He joined the team and immediately put his experience to work, taking over several urgent tasks needed for the supervisors and leads throughout the growing department. He is incredibly timely often completing his work faster than expected, but with the great care and detail needed to create healthy plants. He is a leader with a grounded and patient attitude that has aided in the onboarding and educating of many new hires. Mario’s communication is clear and his attitude and respect to his peers is always positive.

Congratulations Luis and Mario, employee of the month, was well earned and certainly deserved. All of us at PP&L are grateful for your contributions you make to the team every single day. We could not do it without you!