Bower & Branch Hires Director of Partnership Development
Steve Maddox will join Bower & Branch, Trees for Life, as director of partnership development.
Maddox comes to Bower & Branch from The Henry F. Michell Co. headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He spent the last four years with Michell’s as a sales representative and horticulture broker. Prior to Michell’s, Maddox served as general manager of Rice’s Nursery and Landscaping for 14 years, as well as president of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA).
“Steve is a major contributor in every situation. He is a qualified and capable leader perfectly suited to create relationships with more growers and garden retailers in the Northeast and to continue our recent expansion into the Midwest and new regions,” said Sid Raisch, president and CEO of Bower and Branch. “I’ve watched Steve come up in the industry through a lot of hard work, going the extra mile for his employers and volunteering in association leadership. He has keen strategic insights and genuine people skills. His instincts about the green industry and his talent in communicating and mobilizing people around an idea are remarkable.”
Maddox will focus on member recruitment, specifically on expanding the number of member garden centers and licensed growers and streamlining the Bower & Branch e-commerce platform to provide its members with a more profitable supply chain.
“As a broker rep and leader of one of our industry’s finest trade associations, I’ve witnessed how Bower & Branch is changing the way independents in horticulture do business,” said Maddox. ”That’s big news in an industry that saw a lot of downsizing and regrouping during the recession. Our industry will see massive shifts as we lead our members through the transition between generations and embrace the Internet fully. Don Eaton and Sid Raisch have successfully repositioned our industry for these shifts, creating greater consumer value and systematically reducing inventory, distribution costs and liabilities. Bower & Branch embodies the authenticity and value of growing something deliberate and beautiful and making it convenient to today’s online customers, which now includes nearly everyone of consequence. I knew I had to be a part of this.”
Along with his wife, Maddox will relocate to Syracuse, New York to be closer to family.