Our Growing Team

Fred Higginbotham III

Fred Higginbotham III - Growing Operations Manager, OCNT, OCPA

Fred earned a B. S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where he majored in Crop Science. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Floriculture from Alfred State. Fred joined Millcreek in March of 2005 upon completion of his six month internship with us. He began as an Assistant Grower in our IMPACT Department and later as the Head Grower. After a few years as the Head Grower in the IMPACT Perennial Department, Fred was promoted to Growing Operations Supervisor.

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Jay Dingledine

Jay Dingledine - Team Leader - Production

Jay interned with Millcreek in 2005 and upon graduating from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in June 2005 with degrees in both Greenhouse Production and Management and Nursery Management he joined our team full-time. Throughout his tenure he has worked as an  Assistant Grower in the Perennial Quart and Herb Departments. Jay currently leads our Production Department where he oversees Production of every container size across the company.

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Sara Gribble

Sara Gribble - Inventory Planning & Purchasing Director

Sara joined Millcreek in the Spring of 2011. She graduated from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in March of 2011 with an Associate’s Degree in Horticulture Science. Sara initially worked as our Order Accuracy Coordinator in our Shipping Department. Her primary responsibility was the processing and organization of customer orders as they arrive in our shipping department. Her duties included conducting accurate variety and unit counts and plant quality inspection of orders prior to shipping.

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Mike Benedict

Mike Benedict - Section Grower - Propagation

Mike interned with Millcreek in the summer of 2013 and shortly after completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University where he majored in Sustainable Plant Systems, with specialization in Horticulture.  He joined our team full-time in the spring of 2014 as a Coordinator working primarily with our PRO #1 Perennials.  In spring 2015, he was promoted to Section Grower in PRO #1 Perennials and Stepables®.

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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon - Section Grower - Quart Perennials

Peter joined the Millcreek team at the beginning of 2017 as the Section Grower for the Quart Perennial program.  While he was born and raised in central Ohio, he has had various jobs in different states throughout his career in the green industry. He attended Ohio University.

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Matt Hutchins

Matt Hutchins - Section Grower - Annuals & Specialty Crops

Matt joined the Millcreek team in February of 2015 as our Quart Perennial Coordinator. He arrived with over 13 years of experience working in the Green Industry where he first began as a landscape maintenance technician. Over the years he moved his way up to Landscape Crew Leader where his projects focused primarily on high-end softscapes and low voltage lighting systems as well as irrigation systems. He also has over 3 years experience as a grower and production manager and has owned his own Landscape and Design company.

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Laura Richards

Laura Richards - Section Grower - Herbs & Edibles

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University with a major in Horticulture and minor in Business with a Floriculture specialty. She  joined Millcreek as a grower in 2008 after working in the floral, commercial holiday decorating, garden center and interiorscape fields. Laura was the recipient of both state and national design-build landscape awards for 16 consecutive years.

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Stephen Rogers

Stephen Rogers - Section Grower - IMPACT Perennials, Peonies

Stephen arrived at Millcreek from the warm south of North Carolina! He graduated from Franklin High School in 2006 and began working at Millcreek in the Spring of 2010 as a technician primarily in our IMPACT Perennial department where he worked as one of our main order pickers.

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Dylan Sedmak

Dylan Sedmak - Section Grower - PRO#1 Perennials

Dylan joined the Millcreek team in March of 2016 as a Growing Coordinator in our PRO #1 Perennial Department. In October of 2016, he was promoted to Section Grower of our PRO #1 Perennial Department. We are excited to have Dylan head up our PRO Perennials and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to Millcreek.

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Kyle Dresback

Kyle Dresback - Growing Coordinator - IMPACT Perennials, Peonies

Kyle joined Millcreek in the Spring of 2007 working in our Production Department. In the summer of 2012, Kyle was promoted to IMPACT Perennial Coordinator, where his responsibilities include watering, pruning, weeding, moving, spacing and general plant care and maintenance of our IMPACT Perennials. He also supervises work crews in the IMPACT area and leads a picking crew for order fulfillment in the spring season.

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Hannah Frey

Hannah Frey - Growing Coordinator - Herbs & Edibles

Hannah joined Millcreek in Spring of 2010 as a seasonal worker. Since that time she has worked in both our Shipping and Herb departments as a Technician before finding her current home as our Nursery Coordinator for Herbs. Her primary responsibility is assisting our Herb Grower, Laura, with keeping our herb crops healthy and happy.

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Micah Frey

Micah Frey - Shipping Floor Coordinator

Micah joined Millcreek as a high school student in 2010, working seasonally until he graduated from Green Tree Academy in the Spring of 2013. He then joined our team as a full time Nursery Technician working primarily with our IMPACT Perennials. His duties included pruning, spacing, weeding, watering, and general plant maintenance and care. In spring 2015, Micah was promoted to Shipping Floor Coordinator where he is involved in getting plant material that has been picked and processed properly loaded onto racks, organizing the racks for shipment to our customers, and performing final counts on orders.

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Rob Horney

Rob Horney - Shipping Coordinator

Rob joined the Millcreek team and entered the field of Horticulture in the early spring of 2015 as a Technician working primarily in our Shipping Department. Throughout his time here he has worked in several departments ranging from our Shipping Department to various Growing areas performing horticultural tasks. He has enjoyed learning about plants and the ins and outs of the growing process.

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Edward Luersman

Edward Luersman - Growing Coordinator - Quart Perennials

Edward graduated from the Ohio State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in Plant Health Management. After gaining experience in the retail garden center environment, Edward joined the Millcreek team in the fall of 2016 as a Growing Coordinator in our Quart Perennial Department. Edward’s day to day activities include coordinating the fulfillment of orders for shipment to customers, as well as organizing and completing plant care and maintenance tasks in order to grow quality, healthy perennials.

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Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer - Shipping Order Accuracy Coordinator

Jimmy began at Millcreek as a seasonal employee in the spring of 2014 where he worked in the Quart Perennial Department pulling orders for our customers. He then joined on as a full time team member in the spring of 2015 as the Quality Standards Coordinator in our Shipping Department. In the Fall of 2015, he changed roles and is now our Order Accuracy Coordinator where his primary responsibilities include processing, preparing, and organizing all orders as they are picked for shipment.  Outside of the peak spring season, Jimmy helps out around the nursery as an extra set of hands among the different growing departments.

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Bobby Post

Bobby Post - OCNT, Growing Coordinator - IMPACT Perennials, Peonies

Bobby started at Millcreek as a seasonal employee during the Spring of ‘17 and quickly climbed to full-time status as a Coordinator for IMPACT Perennials. Bobby’s passion for plant life has led him to many experiences in the green industry. Most notably, his attainment of a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Plant Systems from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Horticulture. Before arriving at Millcreek, he managed a landscaping business in the Arlington and Dublin suburbs for over 12 years.

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Keith Dresback

Keith Dresback - Plant Technician

Keith began working at Millcreek in the early spring of 2013 where he assists in our Production Department, either working on the potting lines or offloading newly planted production. When we aren’t busy potting plants Keith helps out in many other areas of our nursery – anywhere from the growing areas, to our shipping department, to helping with facilities tasks!

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Mark Noble

Mark Noble - Facilities Technician

Mark joined Millcreek in 1991 as a member of our Maintenance Department. He is responsible for maintaining all of our heavy equipment and tractors as well unloading incoming deliveries. He is involved in all aspects of our physical facilities including building new greenhouses, running irrigation, gas, and electric lines, and installing heater and shutter systems.

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