Johnny's Commercial Sales Team

Johnny's Territory Sales Representatives

Serving the Small Commercial Grower

Meet Your Territory Support Team

Johnny's knowledgeable commercial sales team is here for you. We're vested in your success and ready to provide region-specific, year-round support in the form of information, resources, and the very best products to serve your needs.

• Crop Planning    • Variety Selection    • Trend Awareness    • Regional Expertise   

Contact your territory representative to learn about the benefits of becoming a commercial customer of Johnny's.

For general inquiries about Johnny's Commercial Sales, email service@johnnyseeds.com.

John Bauer
Territory Sales Representative • Central & Southern California
John Bauer
John Bauer
"In 1973, I was one of Johnny's first customers, meeting with Rob Johnston in his basement seed store in Acton, Massachusetts. Rob discussed my primeval organic crop plan with me and made some great variety and cultural recommendations. From those beginnings, I farmed for over 30 years and Johnny's has thrived for 40 years."
John joined Johnny's Sales team in 2009, bringing his extensive history in agriculture to the position. John's past endeavors include opening an organic market garden in New Hampshire 40 years ago; farming over 200 acres of conventionally and organically grown crops in Massachusetts; serving as a former Director of Research and Production; and as GM for a large, organic vegetable and herb farm in California.

John's passion has always been discovering and trialing innovative new varieties, production methods, and equipment designs. In California he has broadened our knowledge base in the value of beneficial flowering insectary crops and hedgerows, exploring creative ways to manage insects and control disease within organic systems. He has also lent insight into leading-edge varieties bred and developed for the California vegetable and herb farming industry. John recognizes the tremendous challenges and opportunities facing California growers, and works energetically to service growers and businesses within this dynamic region.


Current Sales Territory
Southern & Central California

Email jbauer@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line 831-359-1905
Megan Robertson
Territory Sales Representative • Northern California, Southern Oregon, Nevada & Utah
Megan Robertson
Megan Robertson
"It's been an epic journey to where I am today. Along the way I have had the honor of networking with farmers and food producers around the world. I am excited to continue to learn from our growers, to build connections, and to share fresh perspectives."
Megan joined Johnny's sales team in our Maine office in January 2018, and will permanently relocating to her Western territory within the next few months. Although Megan is new to the company this year, she has been a loyal Johnny's customer for several years and has been growing and selling many of the varieties in our catalog.

A South Dakota native and the granddaughter of generations of prairie farmers, Megan's first career was as a Great Plains archaeologist. Through her experience she came to appreciate the significance of food and agriculture to civilization, moreover the cultural value of seeds. After some years in the field, Megan packed her bags and shipped off to Kenya as a US Peace Corps volunteer. During her time in Africa she had the opportunity to collaborate with local farmers, complete a Permaculture Design Certificate and Teacher Training, and a beekeeping apprenticeship. Continuing her world tour, she enrolled in Slow Food's University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. There she earned a Master of Food Culture and Communication: Human Ecology and Sustainability. After graduating in 2015, Megan joined New England's local food and farming community as Sales & Marketing Manager for a diversified vegetable farm in Connecticut. In 2018, in addition to taking on her new role at Johnny's, Megan also began work on a Master of Business Administration.

Current Sales Territory
Northern California, Southern Oregon, Nevada & Utah

Email mrobertson@johnnyseeds.com
Toll Free 877-564-6697, ext. 4308
Mobile 207-314-4436
Lainie Kertesz
Territory Sales Representative • Alaska, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Northern Oregon & Washington State
Lainie Kertesz
Lainie Kertesz

"With over 25 years of experience, I am here to help you with your specific growing questions and needs."

Lainie has worked at Johnny's Selected Seeds for over 28 years. During her tenure she has worn many hats, working on variety trials in the early 80s, as a commercial technical sales rep from 1994 to 2001, and as one of our vegetable seed buyers for 12 years. In 2012, Lainie transitioned back to the Commercial Sales department, bringing vast knowledge of the industry with her.She has been based in Washington State since November 2016.

Staying current with industry issues and trends, market farming techniques, and consumer demands gives Lainie valuable insight into choosing the best varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers, and tools available for Johnny's commercial growers.

Current Sales Territory
Alaska, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Northern Oregon & Washington State

Email Lkertesz@johnnyseeds.com
Cell 207-215-3247

Julie Fine
Territory Sales Representative • Northeast US
Julie Fine, Johnny's Territory Sales Rep for the Northeastern US
Julie Fine
"I love putting agricultural research to work in the field. Connecting our growers with technical resources is my primary goal, whether that's in the form of new trial results, cultural practices, or proven varieties. The success of our growers is my mission."
Julie grew organic vegetables on both coasts before settling with her family in Western Massachusetts. In 2018 she earned her MS in plant and soil science from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst. Her research focused on integrating cover crops in no-till sweet corn production.

As the field production manager at the UC Santa Cruz farm and Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, she taught organic farming and gardening from 2004 to 2007. She worked on a number of small farms in Massachusetts, New York, California, and New Zealand from 1998 to 2004.

Julie's passion is applying agricultural research to food production. She loves to be out in the field discussing soil health, cover crops, vegetable varieties, and production practices. You can find Julie out in her own garden when not at work.

Julie has recently transitioned into Territory Sales Representative for the Northeastern US and is based in Massachusetts.

Current Sales Territory
Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island

Email jfine@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line 207-660-4309
Amy Dolley
Territory Sales Representative • New York & Pennsylvania
Amy Dolley
Amy Dolley
"Working in my garden and growing my own food is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I am proud to be involved in the business of agriculture, and look forward to learning from and with the growers in my territory and assisting with their needs in any way that I can."
Amy brings a wealth of experience and working familiarity with Johnny's varieties from prior positions within our Contact Center and the Albion Research & Trialing Farm. While at Johnny's Research Farm, she acquired hands-on experience spanning our entire seed-production process — from starting crops in the greenhouse, transplanting, and cultivating, to harvesting, sluicing, and cleaning seeds. This past experience has given her insight into, and appreciation of crops not just for the edible harvest they provide, but for the seed potential they generate.

Amy additionally possesses deep working knowledge accrued from running her own homestead farm, with the goal of meeting her family's needs to every extent possible, in year-round production of a range of vegetables, fruit, and free-range livestock. Amy looks forward to connecting with commercial growers throughout her territory.

Current Sales Territory
New York & Pennsylvania

Email adolley@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5305
Direct Line 207-238-5305
Paul Gallione
Territory Sales Representative • Greater Central–Eastern Seaboard Region, US
Paul Gallione
Paul Gallione
"I have been actively engaged in agriculture since the early 70's, growing vegetables with my grandfather. Once older, I started working as a field hand on a large fruit and vegetable farm in northern New Jersey. This experience led to a degree in Agronomy from SUNY Morrisville in 1981. Since then I have worked in research at the Connecticut Ag Experiment Station and as an agricultural service provider, and operated two small organic farms, initially in North Branford, Connecticut and later in Waldo, Maine. At Moosehead Trail Farm I produce greenhouse tomatoes, hydroponic lettuce and basil, strawberries, and sweet corn, along with a mix of other vegetables and flowers to supply my farm stand and farmer's market. On the farm I utilize sustainable practices, including IPM, cover cropping, season extension, and hydroponics. Additionally, I have served as chairman on the Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District Board, from 1998–2014."
Paul began at Johnny's in 2011 as Technical Services Technician for the Product Development team. In this capacity he responded to customers' technical growing questions, maintained and updated the technical information available to our customers, and instructed Johnny's staff regarding technical and product concerns. Soon after starting Paul was additionally tasked with the roles of Product Trial Technician in the Tools & Supplies area as well as for Cover Crops. More recently he has filled the role of Technical Advisor, assisting customers and staff with technical growing information. Now Sales Representative for the greater Central and Eastern seaboard states, growers in this important region are in good hands with Paul. A natural life-long learner and educator, Paul has most recently become a Certified Crop Advisor.

Current Sales Territory
Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia& West Virginia

Email pgallione@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 4306
Direct Line 207-660-4306
Ken Fine
Territory Sales Representative • North–Midwest US
Ken Fine
Ken Fine
"It is an exciting time to be a professional vegetable grower. There is an expanding community of new and seasoned growers to learn from — and with whom to celebrate the renewed interest in locally grown fresh produce."

Ken has worked with commercial growers at Johnny's Selected Seeds since 1999. He has observed the evolution of small organic farms, from struggling on the fringe to an era of locally grown, organic produce being appreciated in the mainstream. He likes to stay current with successful market farming techniques, trends in consumer interest, and the best varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers available.

Ken's background in farming dates back to 1981, with an apprenticeship at the UC Santa Cruz Farm Project. In 1985 he founded a mixed vegetable market farm in Liberty, Maine, growing specialty lettuces, greens, and a full line of quality produce of all types. The harvest was sold directly to stores and restaurants in regional Mid Coast Maine and shipped to restaurants as far afield as Portland and Boston.

Current Sales Territory
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin

Email kfine@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5307
Direct Line 207-238-5307

Randy Cummings
Territory Sales Representative • South–Central US
Randy Cummings
Randy Cummings
"There's nothing more important than feeding your family. Whether you're growing veggies for your table or selling produce to make a living for your family, I want to make sure we're recommending products that are going to work for you."
Johnny's 2013 Employee of the Year, Randy Cummings is the Territory Sales Representative for the South Central United States. He joined the Johnny's team in 2011, with a public relations and customer service background cultivated over more than 20 years, with experience in businesses ranging from his own family's small neighborhood market to large corporations. Randy shares his passion for better understanding Johnny's customers' diverse needs and seeks to improve the customer experience in everything he does.

Current Sales Territory
Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, Tennessee & Texas

Email rcummings@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5348
Direct Line 207-238-5348
Nathan Belcher
Territory Sales Representative • Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming & US Island Territories (excluding Puerto Rico)
Nathan Belcher
Nathan Belcher
"I have a strong desire to provide excellent customer service and satisfaction. I want to make sure that the people I work with know that I care about their concerns, and that I will do everything possible to make their experience with Johnny's the best that it can be."
Nathan recently assumed the position of Territory Sales Representative, having spent a solid three years working for Johnny's in commercial sales assisting customers across the country. Nathan has a strong background in sales and customer service, which he utilizes to make every customer's experience a positive one, and works hard to create successful and satisfied Johnny's customers.

Born in Massachusetts and raised in beautiful Midcoast Maine, Nathan spent his childhood years working on a lobster boat. Nathan attended the University of Maine at Farmington, earning a degree in education. Nathan is very excited and pleased to now be working for customers in this new area and looks forward to connecting with new growers.

Current Sales Territory
Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming & US Territories (excluding Puerto Rico)

Email nbelcher@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5396
Direct Line 207-238-5396
Blake Thaxton
Territory Sales Representative • Southeast US
Blake Thaxton
Blake Thaxton
"Growing in the Southeast can be a big challenge, and it takes constant vigilance to stay ahead. Let me be another person to run ideas by, for your farm, greenhouse, or market garden. Please reach out to me directly if I can offer any assistance to you and your operation. As a part of our Johnny's sales team we also have the continued support of our Sales Support Specialist, Joy Frost, who can provide additional help from our office in Maine."
Blake joined the team at Johnny's as the Southeast Sale Representative in 2018.

Blake began his career in Agriculture as a University of Florida Extension Agent after attending Auburn University, where he completed bachelor's and master's degrees in Horticulture. Most recently Blake became a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Society of Agronomy.

Blake's career focus has been on protected agriculture production and field production of vegetables, and new and emerging IPM techniques. With the increased interest and momentum of the local foods movement, Blake aspires to help growers in the Southeast choose the varieties and production methods suited for the climate and markets.

Current Sales Territory
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina


Email bthaxton@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line 207-660-4310
Kristine Dyer
Territory Sales Representative • Canada & Maine
Kristine Dyer
Kristine Dyer

Kristine has recently been promoted to Territory Sales Representative for Canada and the State of Maine. Kristine, who began her career at Johnny's in 2013, has over 6 years' experience in the Canadian Import/Export industry and is very knowledgeable about customs and shipping regulations.

Her passion for agriculture began in the St. John Valley (La Vallée Saint-Jean), where she was raised. Prior to her career at Johnny's, Kristine was Greenhouse Generalist for a regional producer of hydroponic tomatoes, and served as the main contact for all Canadian accounts within a commercial equipment company. Kristine is fluent in French.

Current Sales Territory
Canada (other than Wholesale & Dealer accounts) & State of Maine

Email kdyer@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5358
Direct Line 207-238-5358

Taylor Browne
Sales Support Specialist • California
Taylor Browne
Taylor Browne
"My job at Johnny's has continued to grow my knowledge of plants, from seed to market. I look forward to working with our customers every day to help them with whatever they need to succeed."

Taylor is the Sales Support Specialist for John Bauer (California).

People who know Taylor know that he's a hard worker with a wealth of growing knowledge accumulated over the years. Gardening has been a passion of his since he could walk. In the past he has grown and sold vegetables to local restaurants and had his own landscaping business. Each spring for 15 years Taylor has worked at a local greenhouse specializing in vegetable and flower seedlings for landscapes and containers.

His passion for growing led him to Johnny's in 2013, where he started in the Contact Center. He has also worked on our Research Farm, but the Contact Center called him back to the customers, and most recently he has moved into his current role as Sales Support Specialist.

Email tbrowne@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 4324
Direct Line 207-660-4324

Ashley Davis
Sales Support Specialist • Maine & Canada, Northwest US, Alaska & Hawai'i
Ashley Davis
Ashley Davis
"As a Maine native I have a strong desire to aid in local agriculture, and look forward to connecting with growers here at home as well as all across Canada and the US. With an extensive background in customer service, I am dedicated to serving your growing needs."

Ashley is the Sales Support Specialist for Kristine Dyer (Canada & Maine) and Lainie Kertesz (Alaska, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Northern Oregon & Washington State).

Ashley joined Johnny's a few years back, alternating winter in our busy shipping departments with the growing season on our indefatigable farm crew. As an international shipper she took pride ensuring that all orders arrived intact and in a timely manner, and whether direct-sowing seed, transplanting, weeding, or harvesting, found her work at Johnny’s Research Farm to be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. As Sales Support Specialist for Canada and the State of Maine, Ashley continues to put her strong work ethic and sterling customer service skills to good use, helping to ensure customer satisfaction and success.

Email adavis@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5311
Direct Line 207-238-5311

Joy Frost
Sales Support Specialist • Northeast & Southeast US
Joy Frost
Joy Frost
Joy is the Sales Support Specialist for Luke Donahue and Julie Fine in the Northeast and Rod Heyerdahl and Blake Thaxton in the Southeast US.

Joy has worked at Johnny's since 1996. She has worked in the Contact Center and in Customer Service, and has also provided support for International Sales. Joy's experience allows her to provide excellent support for her Territory Sales Representatives, as well as great customer assistance.

Email jfrost@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5319
Direct Line 207-238-5319

Katrina Karlsen
Sales Support Specialist • South Central US & Greater Central–Eastern Seaboard Region
Katrina Karlsen
Katrina Karlsen
"The future of farming starts with the seeds that we breed and grow today. I am very excited to be a part of a company like Johnny's during this pivotal time in agriculture. I am 100% committed to providing our customers with excellent service and information."
Katrina is the Sales Support Specialist for Randy Cummings (South–Central US) and Paul Gallione (Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and West Virginia). She brings several seasons of Johnny's call-center experience and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Food, and Sustainability to the team. Katrina has extensive experience in customer service, and has worked on a variety of Maine farms, including organic vegetable and flower farms, as well as a goat creamery. She is passionate about farming and helping customers provide superior seeds and produce to their communities.

Email kkarlsen@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 800-854-2580, ext. 5306
Direct Line 207-238-5306
Anthony Stevenson
Sales Representative • Wholesale Dealers Globally
Anthony Stevenson
Anthony Stevenson
"I hope to assist my customers with my knowledge of different growing environments and which varieties work best in areas that are sometimes difficult to cultivate. With years of experience shipping worldwide, I am happy to help answer any questions on regulations and various country requirements."
Anthony joined Johnny's International Sales Department in 2007. Anthony holds a Master's in Business Administration and is fluent in Spanish. He is the Sales Representative for all wholesale dealers, worldwide.

Anthony works to ensure his customers' success from garden to market by staying up-to-date with gardening techniques, culinary trends, and technical growing knowledge. Every spring he looks forward to starting his own garden — something he has done nearly every year since childhood.

Email astevenson@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 877-564-6697, ext. 5310
Direct Line 207-238-5310
Brittany Richard
International & Puerto Rico Sales Representative • Commercial & Home Garden
Brittany Richard
Brittany Richard
"My goal is to make ordering seeds internationally as easy and convenient as possible. I hope to assist customers with my knowledge of international requirements and regulations. My priority is to ensure that our customers receive their seeds securely and in a timely manner by providing the best shipping options and the proper importation certificates."
Brittany is responsible for international and Puerto Rico home garden and commercial sales.

Brittany joined the international sales team in 2013. During her time at Johnny's, she has gathered invaluable knowledge about country regulations and protocol. Her experience with countries' varying import procedures and the best shipping methods, helps simplify the international ordering experience.

Email brichard@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 877-564-6697 ext. 5346
Direct Line 207-238-5346
Thomas Macy
International Sales Support Specialist
Thomas Macy
Thomas Macy
"I initially started working in agriculture because I wanted to use my hands and work under the sun. I have continued to work in agriculture because of the supportive and thoughtful people I've met. It is my hope that I can support my customers by answering any questions or concerns they may have while delivering the products they need to keep their business enjoyable and profitable."
Thomas is the Sales Support Specialist for Anthony Stevenson (Worldwide Wholesale) and Brittany Richard (International and Puerto Rico home garden and commercial sales).

Thomas has worked as a field hand on an organic vegetable farm, as a field technician at the University of Maine, and as a research assistant for the USDA in Urbana, Illinois. Thomas started at the Johnny's Contact Center in 2015 before moving to International Sales in January 2017.

Email tmacy@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free 877-564-6697 ext. 5309
Direct Line 207-238-5309
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