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Johnny's Commercial Sales Team

Territory Sales

REPRESENTATIVES

Serving the Small Commercial Grower

Meet Your Territory Support Team

Johnny's knowledgeable commercial sales team is vested in your success. We're here for you — 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 • Southern & Central 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
Brian Boyce  Territory Sales Representative • Northern California & Southwestern Oregon
Brian Boyce
Brian Boyce
"Every farm operation is unique and distinct. My goal as a Johnny's Rep is to understand each farmer's perspective and goals, and match them with the top-notch selection of seeds and tools at our disposal, in order to help form plans for success. I look forward to working with farms of all sizes."
Brian is the newest member of the Sales team, joining Johnny's Selected Seeds in June of 2015. He has been farming and gardening organically for the past 30 years, but has a healthy respect for anyone who takes on the challenge of growing food no matter what their methods are.

Johnny's was the first seed company Brian bought seed from, and has continued to be the primary supplier for farms under his management in both New England and California. Besides experience with field and greenhouse production, Brian has years with farmers' market sales, direct sales to retails and restaurants, and wholesale accounts, and is happy to assist with developing growing and marketing plans for these outlets. He has grown a wide diversity of vegetable crops, medicinal herbs, and more recently, flowers. As a farm sales manager and marketer to Bay Area restaurants, following and incubating culinary trends has been his latest interest.

Brian microfarms on the Rinky Dink Ranch in Rumsey, California.


Current Sales Territory
Northern California & Southwestern Oregon

Email » bboyce@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line » 310-617-6099
Lainie Kertesz  Territory Sales Representative • Northwest US, Alaska, & Hawai'i
Lainie Kertesz
Lainie Kertesz
"With over 20 years of experience, I am here to help you with your specific growing questions and needs."
Lainie has worked at Johnny's Selected Seeds, in total, for more than 20 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. 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, Nevada, Northern/Southeastern Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming

Email » Lkertesz@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5320
Direct Line » 207-238-5320
Luke Donahue  Territory Sales Representative • Northeast US
Luke Donahue
Luke Donahue
"With ten years’ experience growing diverse vegetables, herbs and flowers for CSAs, farmers’ markets and restaurants, I value the hard work, persistence and commitment required to sustain a small farm operation. It is my intention to help growers succeed in any way I can."
Originally from Connecticut, Luke's career in agriculture began on the West Coast, where he apprenticed on a California vegetable farm and quickly worked his way up to managing small market operations in Oregon. After returning to New England, he set up an organic growing operation on the banks of the Mousam River in Southern, Maine, supplying vegetables, herbs, and flowers to regional farmers' markets, CSAs, and restaurants. Luke has come to value the hard work, persistence, and commitment required to sustain a small farm operation. Recognizing that New England's strong local food system is reliant upon the success of small commercial growers throughout the region, Luke's new role as Johnny's Northeast Territory Sales Rep is to support and advance that success in every way possible.

Current Sales Territory
Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Email » ldonahue@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5363
Direct Line » 207-238-5363
Kristen Dubord  Territory Sales Representative • Northeast US & US Territories
Kristen Dubord
Kristen Dubord
"Johnny's Selected Seeds is an industry leader in supplying the highest quality seed to direct-market growers. I work intently with Johnny's research and development team as well as industry vendors to bring the latest information, market trends, and innovative products to the growers in my territory. My goal is to provide each of my customers with exemplary service by being highly accessible, providing growers recommendations for their region, and supporting them through the challenges and successes of farming."
Kristen began working with Johnny's in 2010. Kristen was raised in a family of avid growers who sold pumpkins, berries, and select vegetables from the family home. Those early years fostered a strong passion for growing, and with her husband Matthew, Kristen maintains a small, nearly self-sustaining farm along the banks of the Sandy River. Prior to joining Johnny's team, Kristen ran her own business and fostered her experience with client-oriented best practices and prioritizing customer care above and beyond expectations. Her focus on customer care and relationship-building has been a strong asset within the Johnny's team. She also has an extensive educational background in Environmental Science and is a passionate outdoor enthusiast.

Current Sales Territory
Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
and US Territories

Email » kdubord@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5308
Direct Line » 207-238-5308
Ken Fine  Territory Sales Representative • North Midwest US & Massachusetts
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 struggling on the fringe to the 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, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 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, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.

Email » rcummings@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5348
Direct Line » 207-238-5348
Rod Heyerdahl  Territory Sales Representative • Southeast US
Rod Heyerdahl
Rod Heyerdahl
"Nobody stays on top of new consumer trends like Johnny’s — and nobody is better at finding products that help our growers take advantage of these trends. Johnny’s, where you can find the most innovative products every time. "
Rod joined the team at Johnny's as Southeast Sales Representative in 2011. With degrees that include a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master's in Agricultural Entomology, Rod has been in the vegetable industry since 1988. Although the majority of his experience has been gained in field production of major vegetable crops, Rod has broad interest in the many different growing systems utilized by Johnny's customers. Located in Tifton, Georgia, one of Rod's primary goals is to learn firsthand about the challenges that growers in the Southeast are facing.

Current Sales Territory
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Email » rheyerdahl@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line » 229-392-3844
Amy Dolley  Sales Support Specialist • California
Amy Dolley
Amy Dolley
" West Coast growers are a vital component of our success at Johnny’s. It’s a pleasure to work with our California-based sales Rep, John Bauer to keep you up-to-date on new disease-resistant varieties, and to expediently process your orders to ensure your planting schedules are maintained. "
Amy is the Sales Support Specialist for John Bauer in California.

Amy brings a wealth of experience and working familiarity with Johnny's varieties from prior positions within our Contact Center and the Albion 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, cultivating, and harvesting, to 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 extensive 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 an extensive array of vegetables, fruit, and free-range livestock. Amy looks forward to connecting with commercial growers throughout her territory.

Email » adolley@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5305
Direct Line » 207-238-5305
Dave Veilleux  Sales Support Specialist • NW, North Midwest, Massachusetts, AK & HI
Dave Veilleux
Dave Veilleux
"I believe in helping people and doing what I can to forge a better future. Knowing that at the end of the day, we are helping people to feed their families, friends, and communities, is something I can be proud of.... "
Dave joined us as the most recent addition to Johnny's sales team, in 2013. His interest in gardening and growing took hold about 10 years ago, upon planting his first vegetable garden. Since then he has worked in several different fields, all with a dedicated emphasis on customer service, sales, and client relations. Since his first foray into the world of growing his own food, he has been fortunate to meet other growers, kindle working friendships, and help out on locally-owned farms, gaining a first-hand look into the daily tasks and challenges of small farmers everywhere. He is pleased to join Johnny's, and is excited to begin creating and improving relationships with the growers in his region.

Email » dveilleux@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free »800-854-2580, ext. 5358
Direct Line » 207-238-5358
Joy Frost  Sales Support Specialist • Northeast & Southeast US
Joy Frost
Joy Frost
Joy is the Sales Support Specialist for the Luke Donahue in the Northeast and Rod Heyerdahl 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.

In addition to her support role, Joy coordinates Johnny's Wholesale Packet Program and packet seed company sales, and serves as the Lead for our Sales Support Specialist Team.

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

Katrina Karlsen  Sales Support Specialist • South Central US and Strategic & Wholesale Accounts
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 and Nathan Marquis, supporting the South Central US as well as Strategic & Wholesale Accounts. Katrina brings two 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
Chris Siladi  Territory Sales Representative • Canada
Chris Siladi
Chris Siladi
"For many years I have been blessed to work with Canadian growers from every province. This has given me a deep understanding of the needs of Canadian growers. My happiest moments are when I help a new grower to start up a successful farm or an experienced grower to become more efficient and profitable."
Chris started with Johnny's in 1998 with over five years of experience working on market farms and in the fresh vegetable retail trade. He has enjoyed growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers for over 40 years. Chris has more than 15 years' experience helping growers in Canada and international markets, during which he has remained current with emerging farming techniques and acquired extensive knowledge of existing markets. He has helped many growers to become more efficient and successful while building a strong relationship between the grower and Johnny's Selected Seeds.

With his extensive knowledge of the Canadian markets and a detailed understanding of Canadian import regulations, Chris is responsible for all Canadian sales.

Email » csiladi@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580 ext. 5311
Direct Line » 207-238-5311
Nathan Belcher  Sales Support Specialist • Canada
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 is the Sales Support Specialist for Chris Siladi, Canada.

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. He spent the next 13 years homeschooling his daughter, and found his calling in sales as a realtor. Nathan has recently relocated to the Waterville area and is very excited to join the Sales team serving our Canadian customers. He is looking forward to helping Canadian growers succeed with Johnny's Selected Seeds.

Email » nbelcher@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 800-854-2580, ext. 5396
Direct Line » 207-238-5396
Anthony Stevenson  Territory Sales Representative • International
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 Territory Sales Representative for all countries excluding the United States and Canada.

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  Hobby Market • International
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 international 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 hobby market international sales and supports Anthony Stevenson, International.

Brittany has worked in customer service for the past 10 years. She started working in the Contact Center in January of 2012, and created an Employee Recognition Program to reward excellent service. She also gained valuable knowledge while working on the Research Farm to help harvest seeds and prepare for the end of the growing season. Brittany's background and experience in customer service allow her to provide seamless support for the International Sales Representative as well as handle hobby market gardeners outside of the USA and Canada.

Email » brichard@johnnyseeds.com
Toll-Free » 877-564-6697 ext. 5346
Direct Line » 207-238-5346
Nathan Marquis  Strategic Accounts Manager • All US Dealer /Wholesale  Accounts
Nathan Marquis
Nathan Marquis
" It is my goal to build long-lasting relationships with my customers by anticipating their needs and overcoming the challenges that can arise. I believe in open dialogue and staying in regular contact with each of my customers to ensure that they have exactly what they need from me. "
As part of our ongoing effort to address specific wholesale account needs, Nathan joined Johnny's team in 2013 as our Strategic Accounts Manager. With a 10-year background in Business-to-Business sales and a Master's in Business Administration, Nathan understands the importance of delivering a level of quality that will bring customers back to Johnny's again and again.

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