Garden Center Manager, Van Putte Gardens
Michelle’s passion for gardening started nearly 20 years ago, gardening with her mother in their backyard. That led to owning/operating a small greenhouse for a few years. In 2014, she made a career shift and excelled as a plug & liner broker with Harris Seeds for 3 years. Currently, Michelle manages a Top 100 garden center in upstate New York. She was hired as the sales and marketing manager, and in four years has taken the lead on implementing a brand-new POS system and redesigning a current website which now includes a new e-commerce platform. Last winter she was promoted to garden center manager and her daily responsibilities include advertising, marketing, social media, inventory management, hardgoods/giftware buyer and event coordinator. Michelle is passionate about the green industry and continues to analyze processes to further streamline success and create data driven results.