Growers Council

The Growers Council represents the needs of the grower industry segment within the Society of American Florists.

The year noted after each individuals name indicates when their term on the Council expires.

Jamie Kitz head shot
Chairperson
Jamie Kitz, AAF
(2021)
Sakata, Inc.
18095 Serene Dr
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tel: 831-809-3004
Fax: 260-672-9065
Email


Matt Altman (2021)
Altman Plants/Floragem
3742 Blue Bird Canyon Rd
Vista, CA 92084
Tel: 760-744-8191
Fax: 760-744-8835
Email


Austin T. Bryant (2021)
Heart of Florida Greenhouses. Inc.
7555 Crewsville Rd
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890
Tel: 863-735-1199
Fax: 863-735-1081
Email

Patrick Busch Len Busch Roses Plymouth.

Patrick Busch (2020)
Len Busch Roses
4045 Hwy 101
Plymouth, MN  55446
Tel: 763-478-9329
Fax: 763-478-6009
Email

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Joaquin de la Torre (2022)
Ball SB
7270 NW 12th St
Miami, FL 33126
Tel: 305-495-8477
Email

Rodi Groot Sun Valley Floral Group Oxnard, California Robert Dirk “Rodi” Groot is product coordinator and bouquet manager of the Sun Valley Floral Group in Oxnard, California. He has a degree in trade and management from Boerma Instituut in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands and 37 years experience in the industry. His expertise is in care and handling, field and cooler inventory management, financial management and marketing. He served on the Produce Marketing Organization’s floral council from 2007 to 2008. From 2012 to 2014, he chaired the promotion committee for the California Cut Flower Commission and, in 2014, he chaired the committee that started American Grown Flowers.
Rodi Groot (2020)
Sun Pacific Bouquet / The Sun Valley Group
3132 E Pleasant Valley Rd
Oxnard, CA 93033
Tel: 805-797-4819
Email


Ross Johnson (2022)
RosaPrima
175 SW 7th St Ste 2301
Miami, Florida 33130-2964
Tel (305) 644-8459
Email


Stephen Kennicott (2022)
Kennicott Kuts, LLC
1638 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622-6723
Tel: 212-514-2299
Email


Farai Madziva (2022)
Kitayama Brothers Inc.
Watsonville, CA
Tel (650) 495-4544
Email


Rita Jo Shoultz (2022)
Alaska Perfect Peony
PO Box 15226
Fritz Creek, Alaska 99603-6226
Tel (907) 299-0261
Email


Robin Van der Schaaf (2021)
Flamingo Holland, Inc
1250 Avenida Chelsea
Vista, CA 92081
Tel: 760-734-1033
Fax: 760-727-1173
Email

Susie Bachman West Bachman’s Minneapolis, Minnesota
Susie Bachman West (2022)
Bachman’s, Inc.
6010 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419
Tel (612) 861-7661
Email

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