Our Plant Specialists

2021 Team Lightning PLANTZ



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
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).
John Crandall / PBM/Shop Manager— John has more than six years of management experience and you’ll find him doing all sorts of things for PLANTZ. He’ll drive, he’ll deliver, he’ll install, and he knows all aspects of making people happy with plants. We think he’s in love with his Black Challenger. Favorite plant: the corkscrew palm.
Nicole Stewart Nicole Stewart / Plant Service Technician – Nicole is our resident plant geek. For three years, she was part of the Citrus Research Center at the University of Florida studying genetic modification and transformation of citrus plants.  In her spare time get this…she likes gardening and baking.  Favorite plant — Monstera deliciosa.
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  
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.
Alex Ruiz / Plant Service Technician – Alex’s favorite aspect of plant service is dealing with customers and making their day brighter.  He came to PLANTZ with years of experience so we are glad to have him.  He has also worked for Amazon, and he was a cable guy for 11 years.  Alex spends all his free time with his wife and two kids, and his favorite plant is the Philodendron congo rojo.
Justin Justin DeBose /Plant Service Technician – Justin has loved plants since he cut grass and pulled weeds as a kid.  He recently became certified as a Horticulture Professional with the FNLGA, which is quite the accomplishment.  In his spare time, he’s a big fan of Japanese anime, and he’s for hire to producing music videos.  Favorite plant — Sabal Palmetto.
Michael Lannon / Plant Service Technician – For 30 years, Michael has worked in all facets of the plant business for interior and exterior plants and in sales and marketing. He lists his hobbies as cooking, travel, and old movies. Favorite plant – Gesneriaceae Streptocarpus , the Primrose Streptocarpus flowers.
Bree Aubrey “Bree” Edwards / Plant Service Technician – Bree came to PLANTZ with vast experience over the last 18 years caring for trees and plants in tree farms and nurseries. She proverbially ‘spread them out’ with her son of 19 years and her daughter of 4 years old. She’s also a big rock collector. Favorite plant – Ficus lyrata.
Tina Wilson / Plant Care Technician – Tina has cared for plants professionally in the Orlando area for four years, and she brings all that experience to PLANTZ.  Her favorite part of the job is watching all the stages of plants growing. In her spare time she hangs out with her pets and family, and she really must because she has had no TV or computer in her house for more than 7 years.  Favorite plant – Bromeliads of all varieties
Amanda Kipley / Plant Care Technician -Amanda is a new transplant to Florida from Illinois by way of Arkansas, and she brings 5 years of professional plant knowledge to PLANTZ.  The beach is her safe place. She also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality, and she loves the feeling of growing plants around her as she’s also growing.  Favorite plant – Epipremnum Aureum, the pothos plant. 
Sharyn Livingston / Plant Care Technician – Sharyn loves plants and people and she’s a 16 year veteran of plant care in many capacities.  She likes people that like plants. She loves plants so much that her hobbies are gardening and DIY projects in her yard.  She’s definitely a Florida girl too because she has been alligator hunting more than once.  Favorite Plant – Podocarpus 
Robert Lower / Plant Care Technician – Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, so his knowledge of plants and how they fit in our world is practical and academic. Robert is an aficionado of vintage clothes, and most of his time off work is spent with his puppy, Rosey.  Favorite plant – Monstera Thai Constellation. 
Katrina McIntire / Plant Care Technician – Katrina grew up with plants with her mom and grandma passing down how to care, revive, and grow all types of Florida plants.  She’s a master in our greenhouses.  She’s also hunts deer with a gun and bow, she makes her own flies for fishing, and she takes care of her fiancée who is in the Army National Guard.  Favorite plant – the Gardenia flower.