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John A. Baisch

President
Baisch & Skinner Wholesale Florists
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John A. Baisch

John Baisch became a member of the Hortica Board of Directors in 2006 and serves on the Marketing Committee.

For the last 20 years, John Baisch has been the President of Baisch & Skinner Wholesale Florists, a leading wholesale floral supplier headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. The company was founded by his father, Arthur Baisch, and his business partner, Roy Skinner, in 1952 and it has been a successful family business ever since. A graduate of University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, John joined Baisch & Skinner 34 years ago. Since then it has grown to include several locations throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Arizona.

He is active in the Society of American Florists, and Wholesale Florists and Floral Suppliers of America.

John and his wife, Judy, live in Edwardsville, IL. They enjoy traveling to visit their 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Cornelis A. Boonman

President
Ball Seed Company
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Cornelis A. Boonman

Cornelis (Cees) Boonman joined Hortica’s Board of Directors in 2008 and was named Chairman of the Board in 2011.

Cees is President of Ball Seed Company and serves as a member of the Ball Horticultural Company’s Board of Directors. He also heads the wholesale distribution divisions of Ball in Latin America. He has been with Ball Seed since 1994. Ball Seed is the leading company in the distribution of ornamental seeds and plants.

A native of the Netherlands, Cees was born into a farm family and is the oldest of nine children. He earned a master’s degree in international business from Catholic University in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He later moved to California and eventually headed the vegetable seed unit of Syngenta in North America. In 1990, he moved to Paris, France to become General Director of Clause, a vegetable and flower seed company. He remained there until he joined Ball Seed in 1994.

Cees and his wife, Becky, live in Wheaton, IL. They have two daughters.


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Kenneth J. Erler

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Sentry Insurance
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Ken Erler

Ken Erler is Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sentry Insurance. He has been employed at Sentry since 1988. Erler obtained his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, where he was an editor on the Minnesota Law Review.

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Mona B. Haberer

CEO
Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits
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Dewey Gantz

Dewey Gantz joined Sentry Insurance in 2013 as the company’s Assistant Vice President, Chief Accounting Executive. He was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Gantz has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Sentry, Gantz served as an accounting officer at Erie Insurance Company, Nationwide Insurance, Albertsons, Inc., Safeco Insurance, GE Credit Company and National Insurance Group. Gantz is a Doctor of Accounting candidate from Walden University.


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Peter G. McPartland

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO

Sentry Insurance
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Mona B. Haberer

Mona B. Haberer is CEO of Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits. She joined Hortica in 1989 and has served in various financial positions such as Controller and Chief Financial Officer, before being appointed President and CEO in 2008. She had previous experience in the financial industry, working at a CPA firm, a bank, and an insurance company before joining Hortica. She holds a B.S. in Accountancy from Eastern Illinois University. Mona is a registered CPA and holds the industry designations of CPCU, ARe and FMLI.

Mona serves on the Lewis & Clark Foundation Board and the First Cloverleaf Bank Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Age Smart and an Investment Committee Member of Horticulture Research Institute (HRI).

Mona and her husband, Brad, live in Edwardsville, Illinois. They have two children.

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Michael J. Williams

Vice President Chief Actuary, Risk Officer
Sentry Insurance
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Pete McPartland

Pete McPartland joined Sentry Insurance as President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2012 and Chairman of the Board in 2013. Prior to joining Sentry, McPartland served as President and CEO of Golden Eagle Insurance, a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Group. With more than 30 years in the insurance industry, McPartland previously held executive positions with Aetna, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and General Casualty Company. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.