2015 Speaker List

Jan 20 Tuesday 8 am

Leading Innovation and Change in the Expanding Economy

All economic indicators are pointing north for at least the next half-decade, and the need to adapt and change to this outstanding growth opportunity has never been more pressing. Join international speaker, author and strategist John Kennedy as he presents this extremely relevant topic. From the qualities of innovative architects to the three types of change, John will provide you with both the momentum and change necessary to not just keep up with the pace of change, but to get ahead of it…one great strategy at a time.


John has presented to over 250,000 audience members over the last 17 years and has made a dramatic impact in scores of companies and associations within the green industry. His client list includes Gertens, American Plant, Armstrong Garden Centers, Lancaster Farms, Spring Meadow Nursery, Natural Concerns Landscaping, Parsons Nursery, Manor View Farm, Walters Gardens, Marina del Rey Garden Center, Dambly’s Garden Center, Riverbend Nursery, McHale Landscape Design, SummerWinds Garden Centers, L & L Nursery Supply, Prides Corner Farms, as well as state associations including Florida, Minnesota, West Virginia, Texas, California, Oregon, Wisconsin and North Carolina … just to name a few!! John’s reputation as a sales strategist and customer experience consultant to our industry continues to grow, as does his proven track record of success and repeat partnerships. John specializes in leadership development, teamwork, and creating sales and service cultures…he has authored two books. Both available in the Virginia Horticultural Foundation bookshop at MAHSC!

January 21 Wednesday 8 am

Trends in Horticulture Retail & Service Business

As consumer demographics undergo rapid change and hobbies fade householders, especially the under 50′s, bring a very different challenge to this industry. The opportunities are huge, no one wants a concrete yard and plastic flowers, but to prosper we will almost have to re-invent ourselves – beginning with the word “Gardening”!


Born and educated in England, Ian holds a BSc in Horticulture and an MBA. He has lived in California for 28 years and is an American citizen. Ian is a business management consultant for lawn and garden retailers as well as an author, blogger and speaker at many nursery trade conventions each year. He has networks of clients sharing performance data and best practices from coast to coast. For the last four years, he has analyzed and commented on the National Gardening Survey giving him unique insights on the changing demographics and consumer attitudes to the whole subject of gardening.

2015 Invited Speakers:

Luan Aiken, Garden Ambassador, Tagawa Gardens

Judith Alberts, Constant Contact Authorized Local Expert, Alpha-Oh eMarketing

Jerry Bunting, Territory Manager, Nufarm

Yolima Carr, Curator of Gardens and Grounds, The Hermitage Museum and Gardens

Karen Carter, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Derik Cataldi, Urban Nutrient Management Specialist, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Robert Christian, Pesticide Investigator, VDACS Office of Pesticide Services

Andrea Davis, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Jeffrey Derr, Professor, Virginia Tech University HRAREC

Debbie Dillion, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Katie Dubow, Garden Media Group

Bernie Erven, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University

Sargent Falero, Master Police Officer, Virginia DMV

Domingo Felipe Jose, Equipment Specialist, Terra Firma

Susan French, City Arborist, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation

Mike Goatley, Professor, Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Virginia Tech University

Jason Grabosky, Professor, Rutgers University

Kim Graham, Co-Owner, Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services

Jason Heizer, Bartlett Tree Experts

Joel Hubbard, Certified Arborist, Hubbard Brothers

Frank Hudik, Senior Damage Prevention Specialist, VA State Corporation Commission, Division of Ultility & Railroad Safety

Michael Keenan, Adjunct Asst. Professor, Univ MN College of Design, Director of Design, reGEN Land Design

Bryce Lane, NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NC State University

Mike Likins, County Agent, Chesterfield Extension

Christopher J. Luley, Vice-President, Urban Forestry LLC

Herb Maher, Safety Specialist, City of Virginia Beach HR / Occupational Safety

Sara McAllister, Co-Owner, Limitless Possibilities Mediation Services

Marta McDowell, Author, Instructor, New York Botanical Garden

Jeff McManus, Director of Landscape, Airport & Golf Services, University of Mississippi

Joe Murray, Consulting ArboristConsulting Arborist, Tree Literacy

Adam Nichols, Research Manager Turf & Weed Sciences, Virginia Tech HRAREC

Dan Nortman, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Brian O’Neil, Director of Horticulture, Norfolk Botanical Garden

Jim Orband, Senior Extension Agent Emeritus

Daniel Potter, Professor, Dept. of Entomology, University of Kentucky

Roberto Quintero Velez, Pesticide Trainer, Telamon Corporation

Troy Respass, Southeast Sales Manager, Alliance Designer Products

David Sample, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech, Biological Systems Engineering

Lisa Sanderson, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

JP Teig, Belgard Territory Manager, Belgard / Old Castle Pavers

Megan Tierney, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Keith Tignor, State Apiarist, VDACS Office of Plant Industry Services

Gary Umphlett, Captain, Virginia Beach Fire Department

Jason Williams, Eastern Division Hardscapes Manager, Belgard

Rohan Williams, Compliance Manager, VDACS Office Pesticide Services

Robert Winters, Water Quality Educator, VCE James City County

John Wise, Instructor, J Sargent Reynolds Community College

Cyndi Wyskiewicz, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension

Lisa Ziegler, Owner, The Gardeners Workshop

Tidweater Bonsai Club Speakers

  • Bill McReynolds
  • Katy McReynolds
  • Steve Krall
  • Gerry Krall
  • Bob Owens
  • Brina Hollowell