Starting Position: Wholesale Salesperson 2010
Current Position: Wholesale Salesperson
Vanessa has a BS in Horticulture from Iowa State University and a BA in English from the University of Northern Iowa. She grew up in Iowa on a farm in the middle of the state. After college, she moved to Chicagoland and met her husband Tyson there. In 2009 they moved to Wauwatosa to be closer to family. The following year Vanessa started here at Johnson’s Nursery in the Wholesale department. There she started networking and bringing in clients as well as growing existing clients for Johnson’s. Vanessa is very active in the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association. She currently co-chairs the Educational Committee and is the Board Treasurer – set to be the 3rd female president of the WLCA in 4 years. Following quickly will be complete world domination!
Beyond her position as a salesperson, Vanessa also has a hand in party planning within the company and is actively helping to create a company culture that fosters trust and welcomes input. Johnson’s Nursery is a wonderful place to grow – we work hard and play hard too!
What do you like most about working at Johnson’s Nursery?
Vanessa’s love of plants brought her to JNI but it is her second love of selling them that keeps her coming in day after day (especially in May). Beautiful plant material makes her heart skip a beat every time!
Why would you recommend someone to work here?
Vanessa recommends that if you enjoy working with brilliant plant people, hard-working co-workers, and a place that encourages education – this is the place.
When not working you will find Vanessa spending time chasing her son Breslin around the yard, hanging out with friends and family, or reading/napping in the sunshine. Vanessa is also a self-proclaimed foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.