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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.

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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 • 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
California

Email » jbauer@johnnyseeds.com
Direct Line » 831-359-1905
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, 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
"My goal is to provide each of my customers with exemplary service by being highly accessible, providing the recommendations you need for your regional growing, and supporting you through the multitude of challenges and successes of growing."
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

Bethany Allen  Sales Support Specialist • Northeast US, US Territories, & South Central US
Bethany Allen
Bethany Allen
"There is nothing better or more important than growing food. My aim as a Sales Support Specialist at Johnny’s is to help growers do their best work and provide them with the customer support needed to assist in their operation’s success. I look forward to helping our customers grow food for theirs."
Bethany is new to Johnny's, starting in our Call Center in December 2013. Bethany has been deeply involved with agriculture in Maine for the last five years. She has enjoyed working for and alongside farmers in both conventional and organic vegetable operations, growing produce for CSAs, farmer's markets, local stores, and restaurants. She also has been involved in livestock agriculture, working with sheep, milking cows, and processing poultry. Her commitment to and knowledge of customer service originates in the early Saturday morning hours, selling produce at the some of the busiest of the state's farmer's markets. There and in the fields, she became genuinely familiar with Johnny's products as our customers use them. Since starting at Johnny's, she has enjoyed working with growers from all over the country. Learning and assisting in each farm's needs is a goal of hers. As a Sales Support Specialist, Bethany aims to provide the best care possible to the growers in her region.

Email » ballen@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
Eva Littlefield  Sales Support Specialist • Canada
Eva Littlefield
Eva Littlefield
"My primary goal is to provide Canadian customers with the essential tools needed to place their orders with ease. In addition, my growing knowledge allows me to advise customers on which varieties they will need to grow in their region to be most successful. "
Eva is the Sales Support Specialist for Chris Siladi, Canada.

Eva has worked at Johnny's since December of 1998. Previously, as a member of our Contact Center, she has built strong relationships between Johnny's and customers, and has specialized in assisting the Canadian Sales team to process orders. Her excellent customer service and first-hand knowledge of growing help customers become more efficient and successful in their quest for high-quality seed and produce. Eva has been an avid gardener and homesteader for over 35 years.

Email » elittlefield@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  Sales Support Specialist • 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 the Sales Support Specialist for Anthony Stevenson, International

Brittany has worked in customer service for the past 8 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, clean and sluice 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.

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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