CAMARILLO, CA - 18-year horticultural operations expert, Arie van der Giessen, is joining Houweling’s as Corporate Head Grower, bringing in a wealth of greenhouse experience and a penchant for innovation.
“Ultimately, it is the opportunity,” Arie says about what makes him so excited to join the Houweling's team. “I’ve had wonderful experiences in my career in both Europe and North America. The opportunity to use that experience and join a dynamic business that has long been at the forefront of innovation in the greenhouse industry internationally is very exciting.”
Born and educated in the Westland of Holland, Arie has worked in management from 1980 until he immigrated to the United States in 1998. For the following 18 years, he has led greenhouse horticultural operations for several North American operators.
“Arie brings a pedigree in greenhouse growing that is all about excellence in every facet, the superb technical skills, the rich industry experience and the leadership qualities to deliver results through teamwork,” shares Kevin Doran, President and COO of Houweling’s, on the new addition.
According to a press release, Arie will be relocating to Houweling’s greenhouse farms in Camarillo, California, where he will be overseeing the horticultural management of the more than 200 acres.
Company Owner Casey Houweling added, "I’ve known Arie personally for years, and we are strengthening our management team with a person of character, who is committed to product quality excellence."
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