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McHutchison Management: Experience Meets Expertise...
With over 105 years of horticultural marketing experience with McHutchison, we believe the strength and stability this creates in relationships with our partners pays dividends for our customers. We are dedicated to being hands on and accessible at all times to serve you, our customer. Please take a moment and get to know us.
Stephen J. Huber
Steve Huber is extremely proud of his 38 years of service to McHutchison and related firms within the Vaughan's group. He received his B.S. in Horticulture in 1969 from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He then received his MBA in 1971 from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He has held the position of Vice-President of Vaughan's Seed Co., as well as Sales Representative, Sales Manager, Vice President and President of McHutchison during his tenure. Steve has an extensive background in Commercial Floriculture and in the Nursery Industry. In 1996, Stephen negotiated, organized and managed the purchase of McHutchison from Novartis to a private group of industry and employee shareholders. In 2006, Stephen organized and negotiated and managed the sale of McHutchison to a Trustee representing the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). As a result, McHutchison is a 100% employee owned company.
President | CEO
Mike Tizio has served as president of McHutchison LLC from its inception in 1996. From 1994 to 1996 he served as Location Manager of the Vaughan's Seed Nursery Division, a division of the Vaughan's Seed Company. From 1991 to 1994, Mike was the General Manager of McHutchison & Co.. Mike had previously held the position of Product Manager, Nursery Manager and Customer Service Coordinator as a result of his employment with the company beginning in 1981. Mike received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University in 1977. He has served on the Board of McHutchison since 1996. Mike resides in nearby Pompton Plains with his wife and two sons.
Scott Crownover has spent his career in Horticultural Sales and Sales Management. After graduating from Western Washington University in 1982 with a BA in Business Administration, he worked as a sales representative for the Vaughan's Seed Company in Washington State. In 1997 he joined McHutchison as a sales representative and took on additional responsibilities as the Western Regional Sales Manager. In January 2012 Scott relocated to the corporate office in New Jersey where he filled the newly created position of Vice President Sales and Marketing. Scott also serves on the McHutchison Board of Managers.
Mike Pezzillo has been with McHutchison since 1994. After graduating from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science, Mike ventured into the interiorscaping business. Mike has several years of retail garden center experience, working at retail garden centers during high school and college, as well as during his time with McHutchison. Mike has also designed and implemented landscape designs. He has traveled the U.S. extensively, visiting nurseries from coast to coast, seeking out the best products for McHutchison's customers' needs. Mike keeps the customer in mind at all times while bringing you the best nursery stock available as efficiently as possible.
Customer Service Manager
Derron Ellis has been with McHutchison over 15 years and is currently customer service manager. Derron received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Lafayette College in 1983 and a Master's Degree in Soils & Crops from Rutgers University in 1986. Derron worked five years as a retail manager for several Franks Nursery & Crafts stores in central NJ. At McHutchison Derron has concentrated on two broad goals: (1) improving the efficiency of systems and operations; and (2) leading a responsive and professional customer service staff.
Torolf Haug graduated Montclair State University in 1998, and he has been with the company since 1990. During that time, the usage of information technology has increased dramatically, and he has been there to help McHutchison achieve its goals, and by extension, you
, the customer.
Plants, Plugs, Foliage Department Manager
Janet Thibault has worked in horticulture for over 30 years. After graduating with a degree in horticulture from the Pennsylvania State University, she worked in a wholesale nursery and later in an interiorscape firm. Since 1983 she has managed McHutchison's Plant, Plug, and Foliage departments specializing in annuals, perennials, herbs, ferns, ornamental grasses and pot crops. Her department strives for excellence in all they do to provide you with outstanding service and a wide selection of new and time-tested varieties.