About Us

Hort-americas-brochure-downloadIndustry Leading Knowledge in Commercial Hydroponic Vegetable Production, Vertical Farming, Urban Farming, Urban Agriculture, Engineered Substrates, Fertilizers and LED Grow Lights

At Hort Americas, LLC we are dedicated to playing an integral role in the different niches of commercial horticulture. We work closely with manufacturers from around the world to bring the highest quality, technically advanced and most cost effective products to the greenhouse growers in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Mexico.

Hort Americas is currently manufacturing orchid substrates, hydroponic fertilizers and is a trusted Horticultural LED Grow Light Supplier. Hort Americas is also a well trusted partner of GE, OSRAM, PL Lights, Grodan, Riococo, Bato, Beekenkamp, Netafim, Sudlac, 30mhz, Biobee and many other industry leading suppliers.

Headquartered in Fort Worth (Texas, USA) Hort Americas has partnered with the Dutch Company Horticoop Bv(see www.horticoop.com for more info about the parent company) to insure top level technical support, global perspective and corporate stability. Hort Americas also has staff strategically located to make sure we reliably service the local needs of our customer base

 

We are a proud sponsor of UrbanAgNews.com and TourDeFresh.com


Our Vision

To become North America’s leading commercial horticultural supplier of innovative goods and technical services.

 


Our Mission

To link the global manufacturers and providers of horticultural goods, services and technologies with the North American greenhouse grower/distributor community timely, efficiently and effectively.

 


Currently Hort Americas is offering these unique items:

Hort Americas Orchid Mix

Hort Americas Hydroponic Fertilizer

Hort Americas Riococo Closed Bottom Organic Plug (CBOP)

GrowRacks

Current, Powered By GE LED Grow Lights

OSRAM, Tuneable Spectrum LED Grow Lights

eBook: Tomato Greenhouse Roadmap

eBook: The Organic Hydroponics Guide (Coming soon!)

 

Hort Americas is constantly working on developing and designing products and tools that will help lead and inspire future horticulturalist and farmers.

 


Sales Team

John Frey, Regional Sales Manager

John Frey is an Iowan, educated at the University of Iowa as a civil engineer. He spent 13 years in the forest products industry with Weyerhaeuser, last as sales manager. He then moved to Denver to manage a start-up building materials company. In 2008 he began work searching for innovation in the horticulture sector – trading trees for food & flowers (well, there’s still a “tree component” … now helping those who grow and plant them!). John has been part of the Hort Americas sales and marketing team since its inception, covering the Rocky Mountain region.

Hort-americas-staff-tony-beckmannTony Beckmann, Regional Sales Manager

Tony started his horticulture career carrying plants out to customers at the family garden center in St. Louis, MO. By his early twenties he satisfied his passion for horticulture designing and installing landscapes at homes in the St. Louis area while working as a horticulturist at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tony moved to horticulture sales in 2001 working with growers in the midwest and mountain states while always looking for new ways and products to help growers and hort business owners succeed.

Kyle Barnett, Regional Sales Manager

Originally from the Hudson Valley, New York, Kyle graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and began working in farm to table restaurants. While working in farm to table restaurants, he noticed the difficulty of gathering high quality local ingredients during the winter season. This problem led him to learning about controlled environment agriculture as a solution, and a new passion was discovered. Shortly thereafter, Kyle decided to change his career path and took a position at a local aquaponics facility. In 2014 Kyle moved to Pennsylvania to take a Greenhouse Associate position with BrightFarms Inc., eventually becoming the Key Account Manager. Joining the Hort Americas team in 2017, Kyle looks forward to using his background in culinary arts, agriculture, sales, and marketing to help grow operations in multiple ways.

Operations Team

 

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Chris Higgins, General Manager

With over 15 years of experience, Chris is dedicated to the horticulture and niche agriculture industries and is inspired by the current opportunities for continued innovation in the field of controlled environment agriculture. He is dedicated to creating change through a variety of non-profit and community minded projects. Learn more about Chris’ latest fund-raising adventure, Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. He rode the Tour de Fresh, a 4 day 275 mile bicycle ride that focused on building awareness and generating funds for salad bars in local schools.

Hort-americas-staff-will-fryWill Fry, Operations Manager

William who is a native Texan from Grapevine, Texas, graduated from Criswell College in 2009.  He worked his way through college at a bicycle and bicycle parts distribution company before he went on to start his own bicycle shop.  In early 2010, he traded in bicycle distribution and customer service for horticulture. His interest in farming started by visiting his great-grandmother and his great uncles farms when he was a child, the move to horticulture seemed like a natural fit.

Gerson Van’t Wout, Import/Export Manager

Hort-americas-staff-maria-luitjohanMaria Luitjohan, Customer Service & Marketing

Maria’s introduction to the Horticulture industry started when she could walk. She grew up in a family greenhouse business, in Wildwood, MO. Maria studied horticulture at the University of Missouri – Columbia. During that time she ventured out with internships at Ball Horticultural as a trial garden intern, during Ball’s centennial anniversary. The next summer she spent at Goldsmith Seeds as a Breeder intern. For five years she worked as a Regional Supply Manager for Ball Horticultural managing young plant supply in the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Eastern Canada. There she learned the value of strong supply chain and quality input products to making greenhouses successful.

Matt White, Inside Sales and Technical Support

Matt was born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His love for plants began to show at an early age – from an admiration of his mother’s cacti and tropical plant collections to a desire to help in her garden. He relocated to the Dallas area to take a job at a large local nursery. Originally loading customer’s cars and watering plants, his career grew into a management role. Matt looks forward to utilizing his eight years of horticultural experience and customer service to help growers meet their goals.

Deidre Hughes, Inside Sales and Technical Support

Born on Earth Day, Deidre was destined to follow her love of plants and the environment. While pursuing her horticulture degree, Deidre worked in the Tarrant County College greenhouse, became the founder/president of the TCC Horticulture Club, and shortly after graduating became an active member of the TCC Horticulture Advisory Committee. Upon completion of the horticulture program she also managed a non-profit farm and a small landscaping company.
Having the opportunity to live in many different areas of the country throughout her life, Deidre developed a knack for adaptability, and has 10+ years of experience with customers and office support. This unique background feeds her passion to be part of this evolving industry which is bringing the best of technology and nature together for amazing results, and to provide the best support for our customers.

Karla Garcia, Technical Service

Karla Garcia is a plant lover who started her vocacional training in plant physiology over 9 years ago when she was a part of an Eco-physiology Lab as an undergraduate student in her home town Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Now, with a Master’s Degree in Plant Science, Karla specializes in plant physiology under controlled environment and has a vision to expand use of sustainable horticulture practices for food production. Therefore, she has dedicated most of her time to being an horticulture technical adviser to different companies and an instructor of short-courses in hydroponics, urban farming and greenhouse design all over Mexico. Also, she recently began as a microgreens grower. Today as part of Hort Americas team, Karla looks forward to guiding costumers on their horticulture related questions to help them make successful projects!