Jacqueline A. Jarrell, P.E.

Jacqueline A. Jarrell, P.E.

Deputy Director, Charlotte Water

Jackie Jarrell, P.E., is a Deputy Director with Charlotte Water and a Past President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international professional water organization with more than 35,000 members. Her current focus includes field operations and customers service areas. Previously, Jackie was the Wastewater Operations Chief for Charlotte Water, responsible for overall wastewater operations with total permitted capacity of 123 million gallons per day. An active member of the North Carolina Water Environment Member Association, Jackie also served as the Member Association chair in 2013. In 2011, she travelled to Bolivia with Water for People. Jackie is a current Board member and past chair of the North Carolina Water Quality Association, a regulatory advocacy organization of utilities in North Carolina.

Jackie is a registered professional engineer in the state of North Carolina and holds a Biological Wastewater Grade II OIT (Operator in Training). She received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Jackie is a WEF Fellow, member of the NC 5S, is a recipient of the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award, and along with her colleagues, was awarded the WEF Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal. Jackie and her family reside in Charlotte.

Jennifer Thorne Amann

Jennifer Thorne Amann

Buildings Program Director, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

Jennifer Thorne Amann is the Buildings Program Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Since joining ACEEE in 1997, she has authored dozens of publications and articles on buildings and equipment efficiency technologies, policies, and programs. Amann leads content development for ACEEE’s consumer-focused website, smarthouse.org. Her current work focuses on maximizing energy savings from key buildings policies including building codes and appliance standards, scaling up retrofit activity in homes and commercial buildings with an emphasis on deep retrofits, expanding opportunities for energy savings in low-income and multifamily housing, and analyzing new opportunities for energy efficiency in the buildings sector. She brings several years’ experience in the environmental technology field and has experience in community organizing and education on a variety of environmental and consumer issues.

Amann serves on the Board of Directors of the Attachments Energy Rating Council and the Resource Innovation Institute. She is an NCQLP Lighting Certified Professional. Amann earned a Master of Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Trinity University.

Craig Reynolds

Craig Reynolds

Manager of Operations,  Hoffman Nursery, Inc.

Craig Reynolds joined Hoffman Nursery in June 2021 as Operations Manager, overseeing production, growing and logistics. Since joining Hoffman Nursery Craig has implemented several measures to increase productivity and customer satisfaction. Changes in the company’s internal processes will now, and in the future, increase Hoffman Nursery continual commitment of “We Grow Good Grass!”

Craig has held Operations, Marketing and Revenue positions with several Fortune 500 companies, spearheading the enhancement of process improvement and customer satisfaction within each. Prior to joining Hoffman Nursery, Craig traveled the world while employed by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as Marketing and Revenue Manager. Before Royal Caribbean, Craig was Plant Manager for Michelin Tire and Global Marketing Communications and Events Manager for Scientific-Atlanta. Craig is instrumental at building teams and relationships to build on success.

Originally from Southern Oregon, Craig now resides in Bahama, NC. In his free time Craig enjoys gardening, reading and is an avid diver. One of Craig’s bucket list items is to take an African Safari.

Jake Van Wingerden

Jake VanWingerden

President, SunMed Growers & Tidal Creek Growers

Jake Van Wingerden is the Owner of Tidal Creek Growers, a 14 acre wholesale bedding plant facility that started in 2001 on the eastern shore of Maryland. Tidal Creek sells a full line of annuals and perennials to independent garden centers and landscapers in the Mid-Atlantic region as well doing some custom contract growing for several large big box growers.

Jake also owns SunMed Growers, the largest cannabis growing facility in Maryland. Started in 2017, the current campus is over 250,000 sq.ft. with another 200,000 sq. ft. under construction. They recently added a processing license and laboratory and are starting production a full line of edible and processed products.

Abe Van Wingerden

Abe Van Wingerden

Co-CEO, Metrolina Greenhouses

Abe Van Wingerden received his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 1993, and his B.A. in Business and Political Science from St. Andrews College in 1991. Before Metrolina Greenhouses, Van Wingerden worked for Procter and Gamble in several marketing and management roles over eight years from 1993 to 2001 including assignments in Troy, MI, Cincinnati, OH, and Bentonville, AK. Van Wingerden rejoined Metrolina Greenhouses in 2001 and became Co-CEO in 2007. He has served on various boards including St. Andrews College, the International Association of Horticultural Producers, and other professional and philanthropic organizations.    

Metrolina Greenhouses celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and The International Association of Horticultural Producers and Floraculture International recently presented the operation with the International Grower of the Year title and Gold Rose Award.  

Metrolina Greenhouses started as a small one-acre greenhouse in 1972 in Huntersville, NC, when Tom/Vickie/Art/Abe Van Wingerden immigrated to the U.S. and is now one of the largest family-owned live goods business in the country supplying 1,400 retail outlets with multiple divisions including Metrolina Greenhouses where automation and innovation drive the business model. 

Metrolina’s team consists of more than 1,500 employees. It has two main locations – 180 acres of heated indoor space in Huntersville, NC, and 220 acres of outdoor space in York, SC as well as an integrated network of 58 other growers to help source product. The greenhouse operation also leads the industry with its sustainable practices including plastic recycling, water reclamation, and bio-mass heating systems.  

Terri McEnaney

Terri McEnaney

CEO, Bailey Nurseries

As CEO of Bailey Nurseries, Inc., Terri McEnaney is a 4th generation leader in her family’s nursery business. Since 1905, Bailey Nurseries has remained a family-owned company serving customers in North America and beyond. Partnerships have been established in the past decade introducing Bailey genetics and brands like Endless Summer Hydrangea, First Editions® Shrubs & Trees, and Easy Elegance Roses to the world. McEnaney graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1982 with a degree in Business with emphasis in Accounting. After eight years working at 3M Company, McEnaney has worked in various positions at her business and became the company’s first female president in 2001. In addition, McEnaney has served on the board at various organizations, including the Nature Conservancy, Horticultural Research Institute, AmericanHort, and Seed Your Future.

Rob Lando

Rob Lando

CEO, AgriNomix

Rob’s Oberlin, Ohio-based company AgriNomix is North America’s largest supplier of automation to nursery and greenhouse growers.  He and three grower partners formed AgriNomix (formerly Flier USA) in 1994 to provide local sales and service for high-tech Dutch-made automation. While continuing to grow that segment, the company has also become one of North America’s largest domestic manufacturers of Horticultural Automation. Lando became sole owner of the business in 2002. In addition to his day job, Lando is an active board member for Neighborhood Alliance, a North East Ohio non-profit, which provides essential services to Lorain County residents in all stages of life. Lando enthusiastically serves on the board of directors of the industry’s national association AmericanHort. He is a Vancouver native, and a US/Canadian dual citizen who moved to the U.S. when he was 19.  Prior to AgriNomix, he served as Sr. Vice President responsible for Sales and Service at Bouldin & Lawson of McMinnville, TN, and he started his journey in the horticulture industry with Langley Peat Moss of Fort Langley, BC in 1980. Lando and his wife Julia have been married nearly 27 years and enjoy close ties to their two grown daughters.

Bob Jones

Bob Jones

CEO, The Chef’s Garden

Bob Jones, Jr. is co-owner and CEO of The Chef’s Garden, a family-owned vegetable farm in Huron, Ohio.

Jones has a B.S. in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the Institute for Effective Church Leadership. He has been active in various industry organizations at the state and national level for more than 25 years.

Jones formerly served on the board of the Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association and OFA. He also served on the AmericanHort board and the board for the Horticulture Research Institute (HRI), which is the research arm of AmericanHort. Jones was also part of The USDA IR-4 Commodity Liaison Committee.

Jones’s commitment to regenerative agriculture and innovation have led to numerous community partnerships and research projects with universities around the country.

At The Chef’s Garden, Jones works closely with his brother, Lee. The family has been involved in agriculture for six generations, focusing on vegetable production for the past 60 years.

Jones is married to Julie, whom he met as a teenager working on the family farm. They have three grown children: Kate, Zach, and Becca.

Scott Crownover

Scott Crownover

President and CEO, Skagit Horticulture

A native of the Seattle area, Scott Crownover has worked in the commercial horticulture industry for 37 years, the first 12 at Vaughan’s Seed Company, then 22 years at McHutchison Horticultural Distributors, and the last three at Skagit Horticulture as President/CEO. Crownover’s reputation in the industry for leadership, customer and vendor partnerships, and innovative thinking are what has driven his success at all three companies. Skagit Horticulture is #19 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers list for 2021. This diverse company provides finished ornamentals for both the Big Box and Independent Garden Center marketplace in all the Western U.S. A third division is focused on commercial agriculture, which includes hops, wine grapes, small fruits, and berries as well as being a major supplier of bare root roses and liners to Star Roses and Plants.

Art Van Wingerden

Art Van Wingerden

Co-CEO, Metrolina Greenhouses

Art VanWingerden grew up in greenhouses and knew he wanted to grow plants as early as five-years old. He now manages more than 8,200,000 square feet of environmentally controlled space and 250 acres of field production at Metrolina Greenhouses, one of the largest ornamentals greenhouses in the U.S., ranked No. 5 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Grower list. Metrolina Greenhouses is an advanced operation with facilities in Huntersville, NC, and York, SC. VanWingerden is a progressive grower who takes an active role in designing new automation equipment and technology, working closely with equipment manufacturers to develop growing solutions.

Leon Nicholas

Leon Nicholas

Vice President, Retail Insights & Solutions​, WestRock, Inc.

Leon Nicholas works across WestRock’s commercial organization to advance retail insights across a broad portfolio of differentiated solutions for consumer goods and retail customers. Leon’s background includes over 28 years in the consumer goods and retail industry working for Hannaford Bros, Information Resources, Veridiem, and Global Insight. He joined Kantar Retail in 2008, where he led a team of retail analysts and advisors to retailers and manufacturers, and most recently served as its Chief Insights Officer.​

Leon is widely-cited in the retail trade and national news media, including TV, radio, and print. He has been a contributor to CNBC, CNN Radio, Bloomberg, The Wall St. Journal, NPR, and Washington Post; a co-author in trade publications ranging from Drug Store News, MMR, and Progressive Grocer; and a panelist in industry forums ranging from NACDS, NRF, and GlobalShop. He is a sought-after presenter at numerous industry trade conferences and customer strategic engagements.​

Leon earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from Bates College.

Kevin Grove

Kevin Grove

Director, Safety & Technology Policy, American Trucking Associations

Kevin Grove is an engineer and researcher with a passion for transportation safety. He is an expert in commercial vehicle safety technologies, especially active in safety and automation. Before joining American Trucking Associations (ATA) Kevin was a Senior Research Associate at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, where he worked with OEMs, suppliers, USDOT (U.S. Department of Transportation), and others to understand the real-world performance of commercial vehicle technologies and the barriers to fleet adoption. At ATA, Kevin supports the safety policy team and helps members learn about the newest technologies being developed, share best practices in safety technology, and understand how automation will impact transportation in the future.