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Steven-B.-Hutton

Steven B. Hutton

President & CEO
Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle
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Steven B. Hutton

Steven (Steve) Hutton is the President and CEO of Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle in West Grove, Pennsylvania. This is the leading genetics company involved in breeding roses and other plants, as well as introducing plants from other breeders around the world. He served on the Hortica Board of Directors from December 2010 to June 2015 and joined the Hortica Advisory Council in July 2015.

Steve earned his degree in English literature from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. As a third generation nurseryman, he worked at several industry companies, including E.G. Hill Company in Richmond, Indiana, Oakdell Nurseries in Apopka, Florida, and Meilland International in Cap d`Antibes, France, before holding numerous positions and titles at Star Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle.

He is a member of the American Horticultural Association and the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association. He also serves on the Board of Trustees, Longwood Gardens; the Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Board of Advisors, Jennersville YMCA; and the Board of Advisors Jenners Pond Retirement Community.

In his free time, Steve enjoys gardening, traveling, and kayaking. He and his wife, Ann, have one son, Ian. They live and garden on 20 acres in the beautiful countryside outside West Chester, PA.

Robert-H-Otsuka

Robert H. Otsuka

Executive Vice President & General Manager
California Flower Market, LLC
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Robert H. Otsuka

Robert (Bob) Otsuka served on the Hortica Board of Directors from December 2011 to June 2015 and joined the Hortica Advisory Council in July 2015. He joined the California Flower Market in 1987 and is now the Executive Vice President & General Manager of California Flower Market, LLC. The California Flower Market is the master lease holder of the San Francisco Flower Mart. The Flower Mart is comprised of over 50 Vendors whose wholesale customers include over 3,800 trade businesses from various locations throughout Northern California. The Vendors of the Mart receive product from throughout the world.

With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Bob graduated from California State University, Hayward. He is active in various floral industry organizations, including California State Floral Association, California Cut Flower Commission, and Cal Flowers. He also serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation and the Wholesale Council for the Society of American Florists.

Bob and his wife, Sally, live outside of San Francisco with their young son. In his free time, Bob enjoys playing golf and hiking in the hills around his home.


Randall-E.-Tagawa

Randall E. Tagawa

CEO
Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises, LLC
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Randall E. Tagawa

Randall (Randy) Tagawa served on the Hortica Board of Directors from 2008 to June 2015 and joined the Hortica Advisory Council in July 2015. He is also the CEO of Tagawa Greenhouse Enterprises, LLC, a business which was created by his father and uncles in 1967. With facilities in Colorado, New Mexico and a Joint Venture with Ball Horticulture in California, Tagawas is one of the largest young plant producers in North America. The business has evolved over the years to include an award winning garden center. Tagawa Gardens is not only a place to purchase plants and garden supplies, but a place that provides the community with family and entertainment events, garden and environment-related classes, cultural and arts demonstrations, and tours for local schools and other community organizations.

Majoring in Horticulture with a business emphasis, Randy graduated from Colorado State University. He and his wife, Jeri, reside in Broomfield, Colorado and have four children. Randy currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Floral Endowment, and is an avid snow skier and motorcycle rider in his free time.

Kenneth-J.-Young

Kenneth J. Young

CEO & Owner
S and L Flower Company
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Kenneth J. Young

Kenneth (Ken) Young served on the Hortica Board of Directors from February 2011 to June 2015 and joined the Hortica Advisory Council in July 2015. He is CEO and co-owner of S and L Flower Company in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company operates a chain of retail flower shops and a wholesale division in the metro Phoenix area under the names of Phoenix Flower Shops and Downs Wholesale Florist.

He started his career in the floral industry at Amlings Flowerland in the greater Chicagoland area, where he worked from 1979 to 1990 in a variety of positions including General Manager of Bowl-O-Beauty Company.

Ken is a Trustee of the American Floral Endowment (AFE). Active in the Society of American Florists for several years, he has served as a Board Member in addition to serving on various committees and special task forces. He is a Past President of the Arizona State Florists Association.

He has been inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture and has received both the FTD YOM Achievement Award and FTD YOM Service Award. He has been recognized as Vendor of the Year by the Arizona State Funeral Director’s Association.

Outside the floral industry, Ken is active in the Phoenix 100 Rotary Club and is a Past President of the Phoenix Mid-Town Rotary Club. He has served as an Advisory Board Member of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, President of the Arrowcrest Homeowners Association, and was a founding member and President of the Arizona Chapter of the DePaul University Alumni Association.

Ken graduated from DePaul University in 1984 with a BS in Accounting. He and his wife Lynn reside in Peoria, Arizona.


Robert-L.-Young

Robert L. Young

Reinsurance Executive
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Robert L. Young

Robert L. (Bob) Young served on the Hortica Board of Directors from 2009 to June 2015 and joined the Hortica Advisory Council in July 2015. He retired from General Reinsurance Corporation, where he worked for more than 24 years as Senior Vice President and Casualty Facultative Manager of the Chicago Branch.

During his thirty-seven year career in the Insurance Industry, Bob’s areas of focus centered on underwriting and pricing casualty insurance products -including worker’s compensation, general liability, automobile, medical malpractice and other professional liability products. Over the years, he dealt extensively with the insurance distribution spectrum, including direct sales representatives, national brokers, as well as many specialties, excess and surplus lines carriers.

Prior to joining General Reinsurance Corporation, Bob held positions with Wausau Insurance Company. Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, with a major in business and a minor in sociology. He also received his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1987.

In addition to Bob’s involvement with Hortica Insurance, he volunteers with numerous community organizations. He and his wife, Pat currently live in Naperville, Illinois. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.