Bailey Nurseries Inc.
| ||B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1977|
Area of emphasis: Horticulture
Ask any of Mike Lee's clients and they'll tell you he lives and breathes plants! As a Territory Sales Representative for Bailey Nurseries, Lee services customers all over Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. "I help customers grow their businesses by providing new and distinctively better plants, and by furnishing the information to assist them in growing and marketing that product," explains Lee.
Lee, who has served on the Board of Directors for The Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association, attributes success in the business to a willingness to work and to listen, "I have three key words for young people interested in this field: experience, experience experience! There is so much to learn about this business that is not contained in books or on a web site. However, the truly marvelous thing is there are many people who are most willing to share everything they know to willing listeners."
The introduction of a crabapple variety Malus 'Anne E.' which has scored well in the evaluation plot at the Secrest Arboretum marks a proud moment for the OSU trained horticulturist. Lee considers the networking with other Ohio State alumni on a daily basis is a job perk, "I get a perspective few other people get to see that being how important a role this great university plays in our industry on a regional and national scope."
Michael Lee likes to point out that plants are not just visually beautiful, "Plants in one way or another stimulate each one of our senses."