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Position Highlights & Career Paths

Get to know some of our people and positions a little bit better, read below for first-hand accounts from some of our current associates.

 

Matt
Current Position: Regional Manager

When did you start at Pike Nurseries and what position did you hold?

I started back in March of 1996 as a loader and have worked my way through the company and am now a regional manager.

What helped in your career development at Pike Nurseries?

Great Mentors! along with being surrounded by a great team that helped me develop my career skills. I was also flexible to take any opportunity that became available.

 

What is your favorite thing about working for Pike Nurseries?

I truly enjoy plants and being outside. What better place to work for that?

How would you describe the culture at Pike Nurseries?

The culture at Pike Nurseries is very entrepreneurial in a structured environment. It allows you to have a voice in the progress of the company.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about starting a career at Pike Nurseries?

The business is fast paced and changes with the seasons. Be prepared for hard work that is very rewarding.

Other interesting tidbits?

Everything is interesting, I don’t know where to begin! I am very competitive and I work best with a team that is competitive. I enjoy learning about new plants and keeping my knowledge up to date.

Emily
Position: Store Manager

When did you start at Pike Nurseries and what position did you hold?

I started at Pike Nurseries back in September of 2002 as a cashier.

What helped in your career development at Pike Nurseries?

I took the GGIA test to become a Georgia Plant Profession and realized I had a real passion for plants.

 

What is your favorite thing about working for Pike Nurseries?

I love being outside most of the day. I love the change in seasons and the change in the plants and products we carry.

How would you describe the culture at Pike Nurseries?

Pike Nurseries is friendly and neighborly. Our staff truly cares about plants.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about starting a career at Pike Nurseries?

It’s a lot of hard work, but if you love working with people and plants and love what you do you will fit right in.

Herb
Current Position: Vice President of Merchandise, Armstrong Garden Centers & Pike Nurseries

Why did you choose Armstrong Garden Centers/Pike Nurseries?

I have been involved in Agriculture /Gardening in college and my entire professional career. I worked at one of the big box stores and the opportunity to be part of the largest independent garden center was extremely compelling.


What helped in your career development?

In this industry the majority of your career development comes from hands-on knowledge. It is imperative that you understand the business and challenges that face the store associates, our supplier partners and most importantly get feedback from our customers.

What is your favorite thing about working for Armstrong Garden Centers/Pike Nurseries?

There is never a dull moment. With the seasonality of the gardening business you are constantly changing and planning your assortment from season to season. In addition to this, it has to be the people that are in this industry from the people that work in our stores to our suppliers, everyone has one common thread and that is that they love gardening.

How would you describe the culture at Armstrong Garden Centers/Pike Nurseries?

Cutting edge, we can never be satisfied with what we are currently doing. We are constantly looking for new products and ways to merchandise and promote our brand promise of “Gardening Without Guesswork”.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about starting a career at Armstrong Garden Centers/Pike Nurseries?

You are joining a company where all level of associates can make a difference. Also roll up your sleeves and try to do every task, share your ideas and have an open mind to learn as much as possible from our seasoned veterans.

Monte Enright, Certified Nurseryman
Current Position: President, Armstrong Garden Centers & Pike Nurseries

In 1985, I started with Nurseryland as a maintenance associate, not anticipating that I’d turn my part-time job while in school into my career. I started full time for Armstrong Garden Centers in 1987. It was a fun, energetic place and I worked with a great team that trained and nurtured me in the business. I was eager to learn more and worked very hard to keep advancing through the organization. I went from sales associate, Assistant Manager, Store Manager, Regional Manager, Executive Vice President of Operations and now President of Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries.

I take great pride in Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries’ teams.  Each and every person in our great organization is important in the customer’s experience with our brand.  I focus the entire team on the most important person in this business – the customer – and how we can best serve them.  If you work hard, understand our customer and are constantly trying to exceed our customers’ expectations you will determine your career path at Armstrong Garden Centers and Pike Nurseries.

 

 

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