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Staff

Thanks to our wonderful staff. We could not do it with out you.

Matthew A. – President

Matt is the 4th generation leader of a business held by the same family since 1934. He started slinging bags in the warehouse when he was 16 where he quickly learned the hard work that goes behind the scenes of any business. Matt has a degree in Criminal Justice (UMKC) but was eager to return to the family business managing the flower patio before advancing to President. He recently revived the Landscape Division where the company originally began. In his typically understated way, Matt’s philosophy is simple: “We’re just a locally owned company that works every day to be a little bit better for our customers and are extremely grateful for the community support!”

Noah G. – General Manager

Noah graduated from The University of Missouri, Columbia with a degree in Parks and Recreation and moved to Portland, Oregon to begin his horticulture career. He worked at a locally owned garden center then moved to Earl May for a larger company experience. Noah brings that unique “big and small” company knowledge to Soil Service that helps us better serve our customers and grow the company.

Colleen H. – Landscape Coordinator

Colleen started as a seasonal patio worker who quickly moved to a full time position. Colleen’s role further changed to Landscape Coordinator, a newly created position reflecting the need for more organization as the Garden Center Landscape Division grows. Colleen has exceptional communication and organizational skills that are uniquely suited to this challenging position. She continues her duties in the store when needed which means she is one busy person who does a great job juggling her time. She’s a really fun person who has been known to bust a dance move or two when the customers aren’t around!

 

Kurt W. – Sales Manager

Kurt holds a BS-Ag degree in Integrated Pest Management and a minor in chemistry from The University of Missouri, Columbia. After 8 years in the agricultural chemical business, Kurt moved

back to his KC roots and spent the next 25+ years travelling the US in the professional turfgrass industry. He has held a variety of positions in sales, marketing, and management, including development of biological horticulture and turf products. Kurt likes to cook and play in his garden.

 

Heather B. –

After attending college, Heather worked in floral shops for several years before joining The Garden Center

as part-time seasonal help. Heather assumed increasing responsibilities over time and switched to full time after her daughter was born. Heather buys and takes care of the house plants. She is especially fond of

orchids and a great resource for how to grow them. Heather has a wonderful artistic knack for designing seasonal pots either at the store or, in a newly expanded role, she can come to your home to give your pots that extra special “wow” factor.

 

Lora B. – Patio Manager

After owning a floral shop in St. Louis, Lora saw the light and moved to KC. She’s a baseball Cardinals fan, but we try to not hold that against her. Lora is our Patio Manager, full of energy. You know you’ve met her when she says “what do you need hon?”

Lora makes the beautiful wreaths you see above the checkout counters, including real and artificial wreathes during the Xmas Holiday season. Under her guidance, the patio continues to improve your shopping experience.

Kent M. –

Kent grew up in the Soil Service market area and has lived and worked in the central KC area for most of his life. He is an accountant by profession who always had a passion for gardening. Kent brings that practical know-how to typical lawn and garden problems, and is an excellent resource for horticultural advice, especially roses.

He’s also carried a note for over 56 years in his church choir!

Ricky B.- Warehouse  Manager (mayor of Pot Town)

Ricky leads the warehouse crew to quickly deliver products to our customers. A significant portion of his time is in the off season as the company stocks up for the spring rush. The warehouse group’s behind the scenes logistics include efficiently organizing our many warehouses, keeping shelves stocked,

and grounds maintenance. He also manages the seasonal warehouse staff. Ricky enjoys listening to Blues in his spare time.