Hillermann Nursery & Florist Inc. Website Bio and Questionnaire

Sandi McDonald – President
Sandi McDonald – President

Name: Sandra (Sandi) Hillermann McDonald
Position and Department: President
Worked here since what year? All of my life, but full time since 1970
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc): For the industry, I am proud to say that I followed dad in his footsteps of being President of all nursery industry associations that there are, from St. Louis, Missouri State, 6 state and National associations! Some of them I did twice!! I still stay very connected to stay on top of trends, regulations, and education.
Locally I have served on the SFB School board and Parish Council for 12 years, the City Chamber for 12 years, and am still involved on committees of the Chamber. As a company and personal we/I stay involved and committed to Downtown Washington as well.
I am happily married to Tim since 1978. We have a fantastic daughter, Abbey, who has married Eric, and blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren, Anna, Noah, and Gabrielle. I am the oldest of six siblings (that I love) and I work with three of them, Sheri, Chris, and Scott. The other two, BJ and Karen, work outside of the company.
Favorite Plant/Flower: WOW too hard! In my flower beds it is Dragon Wing Begonias. In my house it is Anthirum, orchids, and Paperwhite bulbs.

 

Scott Hillermann – Vice President/Hard goods Buyer
Scott Hillermann – Vice President/Hard goods Buyer

Name: Scott Hillermann
Position and Department: Vice President/Hard goods Buyer
Worked here since what year? Full time since 1985, but have been with the Nursery my whole life. I grew up in the house literally on the property. I graduated from SFBRHS in 1993 and studied Horticulture at East Central College.
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I am the father of 3 awesome children, Nathaniel, Ethan, and Mya. My awesome wife, Gail, who holds it all together. Seriously! What a job! My hobbies include the outdoors, fishing, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and fast pitch softball.
Favorite Plant/Flower: My favorite plant is “October Glory”, Red Maple Tree. My favorite flower is the Red Geranium.

 

Chris Beste – Office Staff
Chris Beste – Office Staff

Name: Christine Beste
Position and Department: Office Staff
Worked here since what year? 1974
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Mother of two beautiful daughters, and grandmother of 3 amazing grandchildren.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Chris loves all plants and flowers!

 

Annette Garth – Office Manager
Annette Garth – Office Manager

Name: Annette Garth
Position and Department: Office Manager
Worked here since what year? 2014
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Annette is the mother of three adult children, a graduate of Hickey School, and a resident of Washington, MO. since 1988.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Snowcap Shasta daisy

 

Keith Kennedy – Landscape Superintendent
Keith Kennedy – Landscape Superintendent

Name: Keith Kennedy
Position and Department: Landscape Superintendent
Worked here since what year? 2005
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I have four great kids who I love spending time with. We enjoy going to church and spending time outside doing just about any activity.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Crape Myrtles and Magnolia trees

 

Casey Holthaus – Equipment Center Supervisor
Casey Holthaus – Equipment Center Supervisor

Name: Casey Holthaus
Position and Department: Equipment Center Supervisor
Worked here since what year? 2014
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Well where to start. I enjoy what I do here at Hillermann’s and the people that I work with. Dealing with the public can be a bit of a challenge at times, but one thing about me is I enjoy a good challenge. I feel that I am very competitive with myself. I always try and push to do better than the time before. I am very passionate about traveling. I would love to retire early in life with my toes in the sand. Never loose site of your goals in life…
Favorite Plant/Flower: I’m not a flower kind of guy, color on plants don’t do much for me. I am big fan of Evergreen varieties. My next favorite tree variety would have to be the Magnolia tree!

 

Wes Maire – Residential & Commercial Maintenance Supervisor
Wes Maire – Residential & Commercial Maintenance Supervisor

Name: Wes Marie
Position and Department: Landscape Maintenance Supervisor
Worked here since what year? 2014
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Graduated from Central Missouri State in 1997
Favorite Plant/Flower: The diversity of ornamental grasses makes it one of my favorites

 

JoAnne Jolley – Garden Center Manager
JoAnne Jolley – Inventory Control

Name: JoAnne Jolley
Position and Department: Inventory Control
Worked here since what year? 2004
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I have been in the Nursery landscape business for over 22 years. Outdoors, gardening, and animals have always been part of my life. I was raised on a farm in Montana and moved to Missouri in the late 70’s. My husband and I live on a small farm where we have raised three children and are blessed with 14 grandkids…enjoying life to the fullest!
Favorite Plant/Flower: Sunflower

 

Gail Hillermann – Buyer/Merchandiser
Gail Hillermann – Garden Center Manager

Name: Gail Hillermann
Position and Department: Garden Center Manager
Worked here since what year? 1992
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I’m married to Scott Hillermann; I have two amazing sons, and a beautiful daughter. I graduated with a horticulture degree in 1992
Favorite Plant/Flower: Clematis/orchid

 

Julie Brinker – Flower Shop Manager
Julie Brinker – Flower Shop Manager

Name: Julie Brinker
Position and Department: Flower Shop Manager
Worked here since what year? 2004
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Happily married for 6 years and just had our first child!
Favorite Plant/Flower: Plant is Bougainvillea and Flower is Mokara Orchid

 

Dave Wehmeyer – Landscape Design Supervisor
Dave Wehmeyer – Landscape Design Supervisor

Name: Dave Wehmeyer
Position and Department: Landscape Designer
Worked here since what year? 1976
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. AAS Degree from East Central College. Missouri Certified Plant Pro. Married to Irma since 1984. I have two great kids and two wonderful grand daughters.
Favorite Plant/Flower: I’m a plant geek and enjoy growing new and exciting plants. If I had to pick one type it would be Huechera because of all the different varieties and all the uses they have.

 

Tyler King – Marketing Production Coordinator
Tyler King – Marketing Production Coordinator

Name: Tyler King
Position and Department: Marketing Production Coordinator
Worked here since what year? 2016
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I grew up in Washington, MO. and went to Columbia College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. I have one sister, one brother, a dog named Quincy, and a beautiful girlfriend. I enjoy many sports and being outdoors whether it be hiking, fishing, or hunting.
Favorite Plant/Flower: My favorite flower is a tulip and favorite tree is the Cedar tree.

 

Diane Overschmidt – Graphic Designer/Marketing
Diane Overschmidt – Graphic Designer/Marketing

Name: Diane Overschmidt
Position and Department: Graphic Designer/Marketing
Worked here since what year? 2001
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Born and raised in Washington, MO. Took art and basic classes at East Central College. Left college for an art position and have many years of graphic art experience. I’m now residing in Washington with husband, Clarence, and daughter, Emilie. I enjoy photography, swimming, walking, biking, and area trails.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Favorite plants are native redbud, dogwood, and serviceberry trees.

 

Kristen Longsdon – Event Coordinator/Cashier in Spring
Kristen Longsdon – Event Coordinator/Cashier in Spring

Name: Kristen Longsdon
Position and Department: Cashier
Worked here since what year? 2015
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I have an amazing two year old son. I am currently going to school for Psychology and I’m getting married to my best friend Josh as soon as my brothers are home from the military.
Favorite Plant/Flower: My favorite flower is the Peony and white cala lily

 

Josh Kresse – Irrigation Supervisor
Josh Kresse – Irrigation Supervisor

Name: Josh Kresse
Position and Department: Irrigation Department Manager
Worked here since what year? 2007
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. My family and I enjoy simple things and believe in leaving a small, but muddy, footprint on the Earth.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Either a brandy wine tomato plant, or an Asian pear tree.

 

Patty Lynch – Nursery Sales / Buyer
Patty Lynch – Nursery Sales / Buyer

Name: Patty Lynch
Position and Department: Green Buyer
Worked here since what year? 2004
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Mother of three sons. I began working in the floral/horticulture industry in 1984 at the wholesale flower market in St. Louis
Favorite Plant/Flower: Casa Blanca Lily

 

Dawn Pfautsch – Landscape Administrative Assistant
Dawn Pfautsch – Landscape Administrative Assistant

Name: Dawn Pfautsch
Position and Department: Landscape Administrative Assistant
Worked here since what year? 2015
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. Married with three children and live in Hermann
Favorite Plant/Flower: Sunflower

 

Debbie Ashworth – Retail
Debbie Ashworth – Retail

Name: Debbie Ashworth
Position and Department: Sales Checkout/Cashier
Worked here since what year? 2009
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I have two beautiful daughters, four cats, and one dog. I graduated from Pacific High School in 1977.
Favorite Plant/Flower: Rose is my favorite flower. It was my mother’s name, who is no longer with us.

 

Brandon Ketcherside – Greenhouse
Brandon Ketcherside – Greenhouse

Name: Brandon Ketcherside
Position and Department: Greenhouse Assistant
Worked here since what year? 2014
Short sentence about yourself (family, education, etc. I have one younger sister and two step-brothers. I live with my best friend and we have a cat named Casper, a rabbit named Houdini, and a bearded dragon named Izzy. I graduated High School, went to Mizzou, and I am a certified Health Coach. My future plans are to obtain a Botany degree.
Favorite Plant/Flower: All Plants! But my favorite plant is a tropical ferius and favorite flower is orchids.