Looking Forward to Serving and Learning

By Mandy Gerace, 2022 CNGA Board President

CNGA Board President Mandy Gerace, CGG

When I was asked to become a Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association board member in 1997, I was excited to join such an important organization for our industry. I am now honored to begin my term as President of the Board of Directors.

Outside of my work life, I am a mom of two great young adults and a pup named Dexter. My son, Ethan, is 20 and my daughter, Reese, is 18. Both are in college and working in industries they are passionate about. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with Dexter, skiing and traveling. I love experiencing different cultures and exploring the world. Joining the Executive Committee and making that commitment meant a lot to me because I value the work the CNGA does here in Colorado and New Mexico. Growing up in the industry I have seen a lot of changes over the years. I ran for the Executive Committee because I have seen how essential the organization has been through many hard times and if I can help by serving as president, then I am grateful to do so. I hope to not only contribute, but also learn along the way.

I grew up in the greenhouse industry and have a B.A. from Colorado State University in Communications with an emphasis in marketing. I started my career in sales and marketing at the Shane Co., where I worked for 10 years. It was a great experience to see how another successful family business operated in a completely different industry. In 2007, I went back to my roots and joined the family business at Welby Gardens. I worked in sales and marketing, and eventually managed the young plant/root and sell division. In 2020, after 13 years, I decided to spread my wings and take a job with Syngenta Flowers as their root and sell Account Manager. Syngenta Flowers is one of the world’s largest plant breeders. It is very exciting to be part of such a great team who works hard to be the best supplier of the most innovative plant genetics. In 2021, I joined the Colorado State University Trials Committee. Previously, I served on the Garden Centers of Colorado board for seven years.