Our Plant Specialists

Lyle Green/Plant Care Technician – What a name for a plant guy, huh?  Lyle loves plant care and he thinks that it is the most relaxing work he’s ever done, and considering that he’s been a radioactive materials handler and a baseball umpire he’s got to be telling the truth.  He’s also been a painter and a tooling engineer.  Paul came to Plantz after driving all the way from Washington state.  Favorite plant – Rhapis exelsa (The Lady Palm).
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).
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.
Doug Hill / Plant Care Technician – Doug is a self-admitted ‘people person’, and he loves the customer side of plant care in professional office environments.  Not long ago he was a fully trained and on-the-air radio personality in Minnesota, but now he prefers the peaceful work environment at Plantz and the weather in Florida.  Favorite plant – Aglaeonema.
Jeremy-Grill2 Jeremy Grill / Training Manager – Jeremy came to Plantz after 4 years in landscaping and plant nursery work with Tropicscapes.  He is originally from Wisconsin where he was a avid deer hunter, and he served as a Marine for four and a half years. Jeremy’s favorite plant is the Warneckii lemon lime.
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, probably due to his mother’s stint as president of the Orchid Society of Manatee County.  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.
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).
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.
Claudette Gladden / Plant Care Technician – Claudette worked for the previous version of Plantz for years and now she’s ba-ack!  She’s a plant care veteran and self described ‘Earth Mother” and we are glad to have her.   She says she has a sixth sense with plants and connects with them, sometimes even more than people.  Favorite plant: Schefflera amate.
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. 
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!
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 Arizona, and he can carry a tune.  Favorite plant: Dracaena reflexa, the Song of India plant.
Craig Shirley / Landscape Care Technician — Craig answered the advertisement Steve placed for veterans to supervise our landscaping and he is truly a welcome addition.  He served as a Marine for 4 years and still looks like he could go back, but he loves the early days and perfecting Plantz customers’ exterior plants.  Favorite plant:  Adonidia palm.
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.
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.