New Hires

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Lisa Griffin - Inventory Control

Lisa Griffin is the new Inventory Control at Creek Hill Nursery, promoted in April 2017 after several years of working plant inventory for the company. She is responsible for tracking the current status of production crops, inventory shifts, order and back order entries and crop management in general. Before Creek Hill, Lisa had also worked at crop management at Greenleaf.

Lisa lives in the Lancaster area, knits with her daughter and cooks for both family and friends. She is especially fond of baking cakes, cookies, pies, bars – a handy talent around the holidays. As you would expect, she is an enthusiastic gardener.

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Dave Dagen - General Manager

Dave Dagen is the new General Manager at Creek Hill Nursery. He comes to his new position after a career in the horticultural industry, first at Syngenta Plants, then at Ogliby Plants International, then at Emerald Coast and lastly, at MasterTag. He has performed both growing and sales functions at these prior companies, managing orders, organizing production, and delivering product.

Dave will be reporting to Ron Strasko, president, and Ross Strasko, vice-president, as he helps the management team improve the operations of a multi-million dollar perennial plant production facility, always a ongoing mission at Creek Hill. He is a detail-oriented individual, always polite and conscientious, and we look forward to his contributions to the team.

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Phil Soto-Ortiz - Finance Manager

Phil Soto-Ortiz, CPA, is the new finance manager at Creek Hill Nursery. He comes to his new position after several years in public accounting firms in Reading and Elizabethtown, Pa., where he performed financial statement audits, prepared individual tax returns and facilitated payroll tax returns and payments for about 50 clients. Phil will be in charge of all accounts receivable and payable at the nursery, and will handle all functions of payroll and human resources.

Phil spent 16 years as a journalist in Connecticut and Pennsylvania prior to going back to school for his B.S. in accounting. An avid sports fan, he serves as a play-by-play sportscaster for the football, basketball and lacrosse teams at Franklin & Marshall College and writes a weekly basketball column for the website Phil lives near Lancaster, Pa., with his wife and their two young sons.

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