Greenhouse Specialist Team Lead
Jon’s diverse background is rooted in agriculture, having spent 15 years as a vegetable and fruit farmer, as well as a winery owner. Jon also has significant industry knowledge and experience in commercial hydroponic greenhouse growing, and he takes great pride in the impact he and his team have on their customers’ operations and success.
“It’s a benefit to our customers that they are working directly with the manufacturer. We are engineering, specifying and manufacturing all of our own buildings and greenhouse structures, so that gives the customer that comforting sense of working directly with the manufacturer”, said Jon. “Our Growers Supply Greenhouse Specialists have a deep knowledge of the products offered and truly understand the industries they serve.”
Karen is one of Growers Supply’s most experienced Greenhouse Specialists with over 30 years of horticultural experience coupled with a degree in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Connecticut. This year she is celebrating ten outstanding years of service with Growers Supply. Prior to joining the greenhouse team she occupied several roles in the green industry as a retail florist shop owner, garden center manager and rhododendron wholesale specialist covering the Northeast. Her broad range of knowledge and customer service skill set allows her to concentrate on all of Growers Supply’s greenhouse and hydroponics related industry channels.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at Growers Supply, Karen was quick to reply, “That every day is a different experience. We have growers from all over the country, growing different crops, in different climates, that all pose unique challenges. I love the challenge in helping them find the right solution.”
Zachery Carr is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture. In addition to his college education, Zachery has nearly 10 years hands on growing experience in both retail and commercial industries.
Since 2011 Zachery has worked for Growers Supply specializing in greenhouse design and sales, which has furthered his extensive industry experience and knowledge base.
“Sales can be a complicated puzzle. All of the pieces have to fit. I enjoy getting to know each customer, learning about their goals and teaching them about our product. If all of the pieces fit you have a solution, and that is what I am all about.
I enjoy designing greenhouse systems that utilize higher levels of greenhouse technology including programmable logic controllers, energy curtains, proportional vents, high efficiency heating systems and supplemental lighting systems. The bigger the puzzle the greater the reward and learning experience.”
Will Kacheris gained his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Operations Management from the University of Florida with a focus in production systems. From there, Will studied at the University of Arizona graduate program to attain his master’s degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. His thesis research focused in high density hydroponic systems and developing new economic models for the new industry. Before and during college, Will worked at several commercial greenhouses over eight years growing hydroponic, aquaponic and soil based vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants.
With Growers Supply, Will has been involved in projects ranging in size from the hobby level to full commercial build outs.
“It feels great to get new growers out in the field with the right equipment, the right plans, the right structure and, most importantly, to give them the information to help them feel confident in their new venture. The greenhouse industry has changed so much in the years that I have been involved in it, and I am very excited to see where it goes in terms of new technology and efficiency.”