AmericanHort Retail Rising Star Award

Criteria for Consideration

The AmericanHort Retail Rising Star Award recognizes emerging professions in the retail community. The recipients are at a tipping point in their career such as owners topping the $1M mark, senior managers in their second or third years, young professional that excelled, etc. In all cases, they have had a significant impact on the success of their business.


  • Recognition at Cultivate at one of the general session with award/plaque of recognition.
  • Permanent listing on the website.
  • Ribbon provided to wear at AmericanHort events.

Procedures for Nomination

  • Any member of the association can nominate any other member.
  • Selection is made by Retail Community Connectors.
  • Nominations must be submitted physically or electronically in writing.
Year Authors
2003 Keith and Deborah Ramsey, The Garden Supply
Gary Blondell and Mary Odenwald, Gary’s Garden Mart
2004 Richard and Debbie Weber, Springhouse Gardens
Steve Wilson, Wilson’s Greenhouse
Jeff Bailey, America’s Best Flowers
2005 DeWayne and Tina Lee, DeWayne’s Garden Center
2007 Frank Fernicola, Jr., Fairfield Garden Center
2008 Steve McShane, McShane’s Nursery & Landscape Supply
2009 Mark Ziemba, Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm