Background and Experience
Started at Millers Garden Centre after school and weekends in 1985 at age 13½ continued until 1988 when I began full time employment at Millers Garden Centre whilst also studying for my Certificate 3 in horticulture 1 day a week at Epping Annex of Ryde Tafe. Completed in 1991.
Left Millers in 1996 to pursue an interest in wholesale production nursery and began Solomons Wholesale Nursery, which until then had been a small scale side line to my work at Millers Garden Centre.
In 1998 I was approached by the owners Hornsby Garden Centre to manage their nursery whilst the owners pursued other careers. This was also at the launch time of the Plants Plus group, which they were a part of. I remained there until its closure for housing development in 1999. At this time I purchased Sun & Shade Nursery (Retail) at Ingleside on Sydney’s Northern Beaches where I continued until 2008 when I decided to sell the business, the name then changed to New Leaf Nursery as it’s still know today.
From there it was full steam ahead at Solomons Wholesale Nursery to the present day where we currently employ 11 full time and 7 casual employees and operate between 2 sites, Oakville (Sydney) and Old Bar (NSW Mid North Coast).
If elected for a role on the Board of Directors of NGINA I look forward to the opportunity to put forward the opinions on behalf of the production growers and retailers and all people involved in greenlife sales to try and make a better and more simplified understanding of the horticulture industry and to encourage non-members of the benefits of becoming members. Also to work with like-minded people from all sectors of our industry with a goal in mind of making our industry a team effort where everyone from production growers to retailers feel that they are on the same playing field and to make the end result more inviting, encouraging and profitable and to change the mentality in our industry to a more positive and fruitful future to the nursery and garden industry.
There are many things which I feel could and can improve in our industry so I look forward to the opportunity of implementing some of these positive changes if I’m elected to the board.