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PLNA Board of Directors
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PLNA Board of Directors

The PLNA board has seven members elected at large by the membership. Board members may serve up to three (3) three-year terms. There are no geographic, chapter or industry segment representation requirements. Board members are selected primarily on their experience and competence to govern PLNA effectively and bring specific skills that are needed by the Association in its governance.

2020 CHAIRMAN

Ted Ventre- three-year term ending December 31, 2022 (2nd term)

Ted is owner and GM of Cabot Landscaping, LLC dba Hively Landscapes, a full service landscape contractor located in York county. Working in the industry since 2000, Ted started Cabot Landscaping, LLC in 2008 and grew the business organically until 2010 when he purchased Hively Landscapes (a PLNA member of 40 years) from the original owner. He continues to focus on organic growth by applying best practices from across various industries, to his business. "The PLNA provides a resource to learn about and share the best ideas for the success of our industry and this motivates my involvement in the PLNA.", says Ted. Active in the Rotary Club of York, Ted serves on the Preserve Planet Earth committee which is dedicated to the revitalization of the tree canopy of York city. Ted is Immediate Past President of the York County Builders Association after serving on the board and various committees for the past 5 years. An avid trail runner, Ted enjoys spending time on his 30-acre farm and traveling with his wife and son. 

2020 VICE-CHAIRMAN

Katie Dubow - three-year term ending December 31, 2020 (1st term)

Katie McCoy Dubow is creative director at Garden Media Group, a public relations firm that specializes in the lawn and garden industry. Her goal is to convince people that brown thumbs can, in fact, be turned green. She works to enhance brands’ reputations, build killer campaigns and launch new products at the firm’s world headquarters in Kennett Square, PA. Katie’s interest in serving on the board is primarily to help the organization in the state in which she lives thrive, be relevant to its members and gain recognition for the services it offer. And she is also looking forward to connecting with new people in the industry. Katie’s strengths in creativity, thinking out of the box and brainstorming will bring new ideas for PLNA. “I spend my days coming up with new ways to market plants, garden products and services to all types of people. In addition, I can offer marketing strategies from branding to launching campaigns. I also bring a younger perspective to the table. And as a working millennial mom, I know the struggles of balancing work, life and gardening”, says Katie. Katie received a degree in communications from Northeastern University. In her spare time she practices Bikram yoga and watches the sunset with her husband, daughters, dogs and chickens in their garden.

 

2020 SECRETARY/TREASURER

Paul Kimicata three-year term ending December 31, 2021 (3rd term)

Paul is president of Kimicata Brothers, Inc. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated in 1975 from Central Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Clarion College in 1979. He started working summers for his grandfather in his landscape maintenance business in 1972. Paul worked for US Steel in pollution control after college but returned to landscaping in 1980. He has grown the family company, Kimicata Brothers, from a landscape maintenance company to a multifaceted corporation over the past 30 years. Outside of his duties as president, Paul is active with his local Boy Scout troop, helping with their spring flower fund raiser, their spaghetti dinner fund raiser and the Boy Scout gardening merit badge. He is the membership chair for the South Side chapter of Business Referral Network. He has helped plan, install and maintain several neighborhood beautification projects.

 

 

Andy Ernst three-year term ending December 31, 2021 (3rd term)

Andy Ernst is a partner and the vice president of Ernst Conservation Seeds, Meadville, Pennsylvania. Ernst Conservation Seeds is a family-owned business that produces native seeds and plants on 9,000 acres in northwest Pennsylvania, as well as many eastern ecotypes of native flowers and grasses particularly adapted to wetland restoration, meadow establishment, and bio-retention. Ernst Conservation Seeds is currently working on the development of warm season grasses for sustainable renewable biomass energy and, to this extent, has formed a new company, Ernst Biomass, to produce solid biomass fuel from warm season grasses in the form of pellets. Andy’s core responsibilities include overseeing plant research, crop production, safety, and Information Technology. Andy attended Delaware Valley College and is active in many professional and trade organizations. He is the president of the Union Township Planning Commission and in 2008 received the Master Farmer Award.

 

Hagan Hetz - three-year term ending December 31, 2020 (2nd term)

Hagan Hetz is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc., a family-owned wholesale grower in northwestern Pennsylvania serving the green industry since 1911.  Hagan grew up in the family business, working on his father’s field crew during the summers of his high school and college years.  After earning his MBA at Vanderbilt University in 2001, he returned home to become Fairview Evergreen’s VP of Sales and Marketing, continuing in that role until his election as the company’s CEO in January 2014.  Hagan has served on PLNA’s Government Relations Committee since 2003 and is proud to have contributed to the significant legislative and regulatory victories the committee has helped to achieve on a wide range of issues important to PLNA members.  He recognizes that Fairview Evergreen has benefited from PLNA’s efforts for many years and looks forward to helping give back to that effort by working with the association’s board of directors to find creative solutions to the new challenges facing its member businesses.  Hagan and his wife Kelly are proud parents to three young children who love to go for long walks through the nursery.  

 

Rob McHale - three-year term ending December 31, 2022 (1st term)

Rob is the National Sales manager at the Henry F Michell company, located in King of Prussia PA established in 1890. The Henry F Michell company is a family owned business that provides greenhouse and nursery products throughout the nation. Rob started his career in nursery business in 1992. He previously served on the PLNA board as an associate member director while he was employed with Hines Nurseries, Irvine CA. Rob has also spent time with Syngenta as a Sales manager and was the Head of Business Development at a Wells Fargo owned crop insurance company (RCIS). Recently Rob was the Head of Sales for North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg PA where he helped grow the brand that emphasized native perennials and ecological stewardship. Rob’s core strengths are leadership, meeting facilitation, coaching and strategic planning skills. Rob spends his free time with his wife Jill and their three children in Neshannock, PA just north of Pittsburgh.

Christopher Uhland- three-year term ending December 31, 2022 (1st term)

Chris is the co-owner and COO of Harmony Hill Nursery, LLC (HHN), a production & wholesale distribution nursery located in Downingtown, Chester County. Working in the industry since 1996 he has held a range of positions starting out mowing in maintenance crews, plant production at Hansen Nurseries following graduation from Delaware Valley College, and sales at his family’s nursery. In 2009 he helped found Harmony Hill Nursery, LLC from ground zero to where it is now a healthy and vibrant business distributing plants to nine states in the Northeastern US. Chris has been active in the industry serving on the Governor’s DEP Ag Advisory Board since 2014 (chairperson for two years) and the National Nursery Management Conference Board. Personally, he is an avid baseball fan, being a season ticket holder at the Reading Fightin Phils attending games with his two daughters and wife of 13 years.

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