J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. welcomed Roger Purcell to its team of regionally based sales representatives. The veteran nurseryman brings more than 35 years of tree-growing experience and nursery management to the position of Sales Representative for the State of Illinois.
“Appointing Roger to our sales team is part of our effort to provide our customers with the best customer service in the industry,” says J. Frank Schmidt III, President and CEO. “His hands-on knowledge of growing top quality trees, and his familiarity with Illinois growing conditions and markets, positions him to be a great resource for our customers.”
For the past 16 of Purcell’s 35-year nursery career, he has served as Manager of Wandell’s Nursery of Urbana, Illinois, a 500-acre B&B tree growing operation. There, he was a valued Schmidt customer who purchased and grew Schmidt liners to finished landscape size for sale throughout the Great Lakes region and beyond. He worked closely with the late Jim Macy, who served Schmidt customers in Illinois for the past 19 years.
Greg Elwell, Sales Manager, is confident that Purcell’s experience as a grower and seller of shade and flowering trees in the Midwest will assure Illinois customers of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co of exceptional technical support and service.
“Roger’s horticultural knowledge, coupled with his longtime relationships with growers and specifiers, will be of great value to our customers,” Elwell says of Purcell, who joins a team of 10 sales representatives nationwide who reside in the territories they serve. “As he travels the state in his new capacity, Roger looks forward to greeting nursery industry friends old and new. We are confident that his knowledge and abilities are a good fit for our company, for our customers, and for the Illinois green industry.”
Prior to taking charge at Wandell’s Nursery in 1984, Purcell managed growing operations at Sabell’s Hillside Gardens of Lakewood, Co., Egyptian Nursery and Landscape of Farina, Ill., and his own custom tree harvest operation. He and his wife, Julie, have two grown children. They reside in St. Joseph, Ill., where Purcell will maintain an office from which he will base his statewide travels to nurseries, trade shows and other green industry events. He may be reached by calling 217-202-0670, or at Purcell.Roger@gmail.com