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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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James Phillip Jr.

Chairman, CEO
Phillip’s Flowers
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James Phillip Jr.

James Phillip Jr. joined Hortica’s Board of Directors in 2017.

James Phillip Jr. serves as the chairman and CEO of Phillip’s Flowers, a leading retail florist chain based in Chicago. Phillip’s Flowers was founded in 1923 by James A. and Helen Phillip, with Jim serving as the eldest third-generation family member. Jim graduated with a B.S. in industrial engineering from Stanford University, with a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University.

Jim’s industry experience includes a term on the American Floral Marketing Council, and terms with the Society of American Florists on the Business & Economic Trends and Member Services Committees, Retailers Council, and Board of Directors. Jim also served on the Board of Trustees of the American Floral Endowment, including serving as the treasurer on its Executive Committee. His professional accreditation includes the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) designation.


Kip Kobussen

Kip J. Kobussen

Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary
Sentry Insurance
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Kip J. Kobussen

Kip Kobussen joined Sentry Insurance as government affairs director in 2012. He became assistant vice president in 2014 and was most recently promoted to vice president and general counsel in 2017. Kobussen has worked in the insurance industry since 1989, holding executive and management positions with General Casualty Company and American Family. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University School of Law. He lives in central Wisconsin with his wife, Lianne, and has two adult children.

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Peter G. McPartland

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
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.


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Michael J. Williams

Vice President Chief Actuary, Risk Officer
Sentry Insurance
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Michael J. Williams

Mike Williams joined Sentry Insurance in 1991, serving as the Vice President Chief Actuary, Risk Officer. Williams has held various positions with Sentry throughout his career, all focused on pricing, reserving and reinsurance. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald

Vice President, Chief Investment Officer
Sentry Insurance
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Jim McDonald

Jim McDonald joined Sentry Insurance in 2010, and now serves as the company’s chief investment officer. Prior to joining Sentry, Jim had a successful investment management career at Provident Life & Accident, Jefferson Pilot, and CUNA Mutual. Jim grew up in South Carolina and graduated with a B.A. from Wofford College and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.


Todd Schroeder

Todd Schroeder

CFO, Treasurer, Vice President of Life & Annuities
Sentry Insurance
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Todd Schroeder

Todd Schroeder joined Sentry in 2008, and now serves at the company’s CFO, treasurer, and vice president of Life & Annuities. Prior to joining Sentry, Todd had a successful 16-year career in both public accounting and the paper industry.

Ann Tosovsky

Ann Tosovsky

President
Home Nursery, Inc
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Ann Tosovsky

Ann Tosovsky is the president of Home Nursery, a Midwest family owned wholesale nursery grower, which supplies independent garden centers, landscape contractors and distribution centers throughout the Midwest. It is a third generation business that recently celebrated its 95th anniversary. During the peak season, Home Nursery employs approximately 100 people.

Ann grew up in the family’s nursery business and returned to Home Nursery after graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Starting as a cashier, she worked her way through various departments and positions. Ann is the first female to lead the company and is the second female to serve as president of the Illinois Green Industry Association during her tenure on the board of directors. She is recognized in the industry and the community as an insightful, hands-on leader. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Tallerico Leadership Award from the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce. Ann has also been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

Ann’s volunteer efforts are both professional and personal. She has served as the Advisory board chair of The Gardens at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) and is currently holds a board position. She has been an active member of the Edwardsville Rotary Club including her role as the second female president and helped spearhead the fundraising efforts for the successful Airplane Park Playground, a project to re-build the original playground the Rotary Club of Edwardsville constructed back in 1991. Ann currently serves as vice president on the YMCA board, and is chair of the program committee. Her involvement with health causes such as the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association is in support of family, friends and co-workers who have battled the diseases.

In recognition of Ann Tosovsky’s service to her community and the green industry, she was awarded the 2014 Community Service Award by the William T. Kemper Foundation. In her honor, Commerce Bank, Trustee and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation made a grant to The Gardens at SIUE in support of a new visitor entrance. The Gardens at SIUE is a 35-acre public garden on the campus of SIUE. The mission of The Gardens at SIUE is to create a venue of beauty and distinction that will support the educational and research components of the University.

Ann has also added the title of “Host Mom” to five international students through the Rotary’s International Youth Exchange program. Ann and her husband, David Bender, enjoy spending time with their blended family of six children and five grandchildren.