Our Plant Specialists

 

 

 

Steve-Stanford Steve Stanford/President – Steve joined the company in 2004 and serves as president. A 1986 graduate of the University of Florida, Steve combines plant, people, and technology skills in his day-to-day management of the company. He a Florida Certified Pest Control Operator, and is very active in the community. Fun fact – Steve was a professional water skier at Sea World. Favorite plant – Cynodon dactylon / Bermudagrass. 
Dara-Leslie Dara Leslie/Chief Financial Officer – Dara is our part-time Chief Financial Officer and has worked with Steve on ventures dating back to 1984. She earned a BS from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration and an MBA at the University of North Florida. She’s married, and the mom of 2 great kids. She’s also working on becoming a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Fun Fact – Dara volunteers extensively in the community and serves at the Plant High School Athletic Foundation Treasurer. Favorite plant – Magnolia grandiflora.
Susan-“Sue”- Waltzer Susan “Sue” Waltzer / Operations Manager is the most senior member of the PLANTZ team and serves as the company’s Operations Manager. Sue joined the company in 1997 and has served as a plant care specialist. Currently, she is responsible for new customer installations, shop operations, and supporting the entire team through plant procurement and plant placement. Fun fact – Sue hasn’t missed a Daytona 500 in 30 years. Favorite plant – Euphorbia pulcherrima / Poinsettias, of course!
keith-lindquist Keith Lindquist / Sales Manager / Plant Care Technician – Keith joined the team in 2009 to help with the holiday rush, and he liked it so much he stayed. An Auburn University grad and former computer teacher, Keith handles many customer engagements that require both interior and exterior plant care in hotels, hospitals, and law firms. Fun fact – Keith is a freelance photographer, and he’s for hire. Favorite plant – Dracaena Arborea
16 Karen House / Special Projects Manager – Karen has worked in the plant industry for more than 30 years, and she owned Living Plants when it merged to create PLANTZ, so her plant knowledge is deep.    She keeps her eye on quality control with PLANTZ, among other projects. In a previous life, she was in the Army Nurse Corps.  Favorite plant:  Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant.
Laura Kraemer/Office Coordinator – Laura works closely with customers to ensure that our invoicing is timely and accurate as Office Coordinator.  She served as Executive Assistant to the Pastor and bookkeeper at Holy Trinity Church in Tampa before starting with Plantz in September 2014. Laura is bilingual and tells us “andale” if we’re not getting our paperwork completed soon enough. When not playing Office Coordinator, Laura visits her two grown children and volunteers at church. Favorite plant: the Phaleonopsis (orchid).
Lisa Potvin/Operations Manager— Lisa left one of Plantz’s biggest competitors to manage our operations, and she has brought policies and procedures that have made us an even more effective team.  But you won’t see her in an office all the time, because she loves to meet customers and to beautify plants.  In her spare time, Lisa hangs out with her engineer husband and her two smart kids, and she makes incredible cookies. Favorite plant: Poinsettia
Allen-Pryor-Landscaping-Care-Technician Allen Pryor / Landscaping Care Technician – Allen has been a professional landscaper for over two years, and he excels with lawns and shrubs.  He is very easy to get along with – maybe that comes from raising his 5 kids.  Fun fact:  Allen doesn’t like wild animals, so don’t block his escape if there is a raccoon around.  Favorite plant: Epipremnum aureum (Pothos).
Mary Bowers | Plant Specialists Mary Bowers / Interior Plant Care Technician – Mary said she’s loved plants since she was 4 years old, and her favorite part about being a technician is being mobile and visiting all her customers.  Mary hails from California, and she originally moved to Florida on a scholarship to play volleyball at St. Thomas University.  So, let’s just say she can reach the tall plants.  Favorite plant:  Warneckii lemon lime.
Joel Ard | Plant Specialists Joel Ard / Landscaping Care Technician – Joel was brought in to direct our landscaping division.  Joel has a lifetime of experience with exterior landscapes.  He owned his own landscaping company in Pensacola before moving to Tampa.  In his spare time, Joel spends as much time as possible with his wife and two grown sons.
Favorite plant:  St. Augustine grass.
will William Stone / Plant Care Technician – Will has been with Plantz since 2014.  He has worked in IT repair and construction, and he’s always loved plants. He has travelled Europe extensively. He’ll also tell you he’s the only Cuban American he knows who doesn’t speak Spanish.  Favorite plant: Asparagaceae Agavoideae, the Yucca tree.
Lori Snow / Plant Care Technician – Lori came to Plantz with 17 years of plant care experience.  She was the Senior Gardener at Gaylord Palms in Orlando, along with long stints with Valleycrest, Disney, and Perfect Plants. Her only hobby is floral design!  Favorite plant  — Orchids in all colors.
Robert ‘Bob’ Pagano / Plant Care Technician – Bob has been a plant lover for more than 25 years.  He came to Plantz from Connecticut where he had been providing interior and exterior design for corporations and events for the past 4 years, and now he keeps our plants green and clean in Pinellas.  Bob has 3 kids and 4 grandkids, but he runs around with the energy of a teenager.  Favorite plant – Aglaeonema crete.
Cynthia Matthewson / Plant Care Technician – Cynthia has always loved plants.  She even remembers as a child that she would go outside and play with plants when her sisters didn’t want to play.  She is a rock climber and she’s worked as a cook, but now she loves being surrounded by greenery and making it all look healthy and green.  Favorite plant: Cereus spiralis cactus.
Josue “Joe” Rivera / Plant Care Technician – Joe’s favorite aspect of working with Plantz is our famed teamwork when installing and perfecting projects together. He holds a certification for bonsai trees, and he was a wellness coordinator before he came to Plantz. Joe is a big reader, and he’s an exercise nut. Favorite plant: Ficus benjamina  
Archer Solenberger / Plant Care Technician – Archer laid sod with Plantz at the Tampa Garden Club a year and a half ago, and he was hooked.  He loves being able to visit clients all over Tampa Bay and keep their plants green and clean. He hails from California and New Mexico, and he can carry a tune.  Favorite plant: Dracaena reflexa, the Song of India plant.
Nelson Mazorra / Plant Care Technician –  Nelson is our ageless wonder.  At 71, he doesn’t stop all day, he doesn’t drink and doesn’t smoke, and he loves plant care.  In fact he was in charge of growing 700,000 twist ficus trees at his previous plant care job. In his spare time, he does everything with his wife, three daughters, and a slew of grandkids.  Favorite plant –  Ficus benjamina.
14 Rosie Zuilkowski / Plant Care Technician – Rosie has been a professional plant technician for more than 17 years.  To her, the beauty of plants is so satisfying, and the social aspect of dealing with customers in professional environments makes her happy.  Rosie loves live music and listening to hard rock, and she also loves anywhere there is water, like springs, the beach, and the river.  Favorite plant: The Climbing Don Juan Rose.
Tyler Gonzalez/Plant Service Technician — Tyler has years of plant service experience.  He serviced Plantz customers for 4 years then left to travel the country and he’s back now for good.  All Big Ten fans should know that he bleeds Ohio State Buckeyes.  Favorite plant:  Rhapis palm
Shannon Peach / Plant Care Technician – Shannon has worked with plants since she was 10 years old, and her knowledge of all things plants is extensive.  She’s our home girl because she has worked at our location off and on for more than 30 years, even with the previous owners.  In her spare time, she reads murder mysteries and history books.  Favorite plant: the Aloe plant.