Who We Are...

The core to the success of The Group rests on the people involved. We've pulled together an ever-growing list of experts (Service Providers) who assist our centers in solving operational challenges by providing insight, direction and one-to-one assistance when needed. With hundreds of years of combined experience, our team of experts will help you navigate the transformation of your business – providing the guidance you need to stay focused on your goals, and grow your profitability.

When you join The Group you'll have access to some of the industry's leading experts on business management issues along with dozens of garden center owners from across the country; centers facing the same business concerns as you on a daily basis.

From marketing to merchandising...budgeting to employee concerns, The Group offers a way for you to develop your business while reducing the time and trials of doing it alone. The secret is knowing just what to do and when to do it, then pulling things together to make it all happen. This is what The Group is all about... helping you achieve your goals one garden center at a time.

Our network of professionals have specific talents that provide garden centers with the most innovative ideas and solutions in the industry... proven methods that take the guesswork out of important business decisions. We believe we're only as good as the good we do. All the facts and figures that point to our ability, diversity and years of history, as notable and important as they may be, are secondary to the truest measure of The Garden Center Group – The impact we make on our Clients' businesses.

Our Team of Service Providers


 Administrative Staff

Danny Summers, Managing Director

Karen Summers, Client Services Coordinator

Business Strategies On-Site Consultation

Sid Raisch, Horticultural Advantage, Advantage Development Systems
On-Site Consultation Available

Employee Training, Team Development & Mystery Shop Program

Carl Phillips, Customer 1st, Mystery Shop Program

Financial Management and Analysis

Steve Bailey, RetailKPI Consulting
Tim Quebedeaux, RetailKPI Consulting
On-Site Consultation Available

Human Resources                                                                         

Jean Seawright, Seawright & Associates

Marketing & Branding                                

Robert Hendrickson, Next New Planet (Marketing Matters)
On-Site Consultation Available

Tom Kegley, Tom Kegley Communications (Branding)
On-Site Consultation Available 

Steve Kendall, The DesignWorks (Integrated Digital Marketing)
On-Site Consultation Available

Mary Gaskell, Gaskell Media (Media Placement)

Arlene Tannis, Arlene Tannis Voice & Production Services (Audio)
 

Property Development and Site Design                                        

Robert Hayter, LKC Engineering

On-Site Consultation Available

Team Building & Succession

John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting
On-Site Consultation Available

Visual Merchandising                                                                        

Christina Salwitz, The Personal Garden Coach™
On-Site Consultation Available