Meet the Owner - Mark Foertmeyer
Mark’s horticulture journey began at the The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute. In one of Mark’s classes, his professor mentioned an “outside of the box thinking” style. The professor mentioned selling plants and flowers through organized groups looking to raise funds. Because of this Mark was inspired to follow this path.
Once out college, Mark worked for a traditional fundraising company, learning more about the industry and eventually becoming very successful. After a few years, he decided that it was time to start a new journey; thinking back on his days in college, he opened Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse in 1988. He started with only two small greenhouses, selling annual flats and hanging baskets in the spring season. He quickly realized that his customers loved this new and different way of fundraising. They were no longer selling overpriced junk, but were selling beautiful flowers that could be enjoyed throughout the summer.
Since Mark’s opening of Foertmeyer & Sons 30 years ago, we have expanded to nearly 30 acres of growing space for our Spring and Fall programs. Mark’s inspiration has led to millions of dollars being earned by local communities, benefiting schools and organized groups.
Matt is a second generation grower and is now managing Foertmeyer and Sons Greenhouse. He attended the Ohio State University where he studied Crop Science with an emphasis on horticulture crops. After finishing his studies Ohio State, Matt worked in Germany at West Flowers.
During his time in Germany, Matt learned and practiced the advanced horticulture procedures they use overseas. Matt moved back home ready to translate his knowledge of new technology to our facilities. Matt is now using his passion for technology to create smarter irrigation booms. With this new technology, Matt is hoping to cut down on water usage and more efficiently manage his facilities.
At Foertmeyer & Sons, our mission is to provide you with an unmatched fundraising experience. We deliver this experience by providing you and your customers with beautiful and healthy plants, that brings everyone joy, year after year.
Copyright Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse 2018
5311 South Section Line Road. Delaware, Ohio 43015
Adam is from North Augusta, South Carolina, and has worked at Foertmeyer & Sons since he was 18 years old. He is happily married to his wife Greta, with a daughter, Lillian, and son, Silas!
TERRITORY: Western Ohio Counties
Allen, Wood, Fayette, Greene, Madison, Clark, Champaign, Union, Lucas, Logan, Hardin, Hancock, Putman, and Paulding.
Living in Cleveland, Charlie is happily married, with 2 kids, 5 grandkids, and 2 basset hounds. He has worked in various departments over the past 5 years, and is very customer-oriented.
TERRITORY: Northern Ohio Counties
Marion, Morrow, Wyandot, Seneca, Huron, Erie, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, Medina, Cuyahoga, Geague, Lake, Lorain, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, and Wyandot.
Chris is originally from Chicago, where he graduated from DePaul University. He is also a former United States Marine and is married, and has a son, Parker.
TERRITORY: Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Counties
Butler, Clinton, Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Highland, Adams, Pike, Scioto, Boone (KY), Kenton (KY), and Campbell (KY).
Our fundraising directors are your go-to, point of contact throughout the course of your sale with us! These directors have their own territories that they manage, and their responsibilities are as followed:
Answering any questions or concerns you may have about your sale
Run organizational meetings*
Drop off materials and brochures
Run in-school kickoffs**
* What is an organizational meeting?
An organizational meeting is a meeting that you have with our fundraising director, after you have committed to work with us. At this meeting, he will review our Foertmeyer blueprint packet with you to better prepare you. They will also drop off all materials and brochures.
** What is a kickoff?
These kickoffs get the kids informed about the sale, and encourage them to go out and sell! Get in touch with your fundraising director, based on location, today!
Acting with integrity and honesty in everything we do.
Guiding our customers to success.
Delivering the newest and best products to our communities.
Holding ourselves accountable in every aspect of our business.
Growing up around the greenhouse, Dan always knew he wanted to be involved in the family business. As an 8 year old, he set up a table at our retail location that had a sign that said: “Need help? Ask Dan!” Since those days his desire to help has not changed! Dan graduated from Franklin University with a degree in managerial accounting and business operations. He has interned under multiple, successful businesses before taking over business operations and customer service in 2009.
Dan’s main motivation is customer satisfaction: “In todays marketplace, not everyone offers great service. I want to treat others how I would like to be treated. Its imperative to offer the best customer service possible.” With this, Dan strives to give our customers the best customer service in our industry.
Nominated: Most Outstanding Business of 2018 by the Delaware County Foundation
We have been nominated by the Delaware County Foundation for our involvement in the community by providing our fundraiser programs to local schools, groups, and other organizations. Additionally, we have been nominated for our assistance in providing Autism Power our retail store to use as an on-the-job training site to those on the autism spectrum.
Our Fundraising Directors !
The oldest of the Foertmeyer Sons, Eric will be acting as our small groups fundraising director. Eric is happily married, and resides just outside of Delaware, Ohio.
TERRITORY: Central Ohio Counties:
Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Knox, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Franklin, Fayette, Madison, and Union
Drew Kesig (Sales Manager)
Drew started out as our Holiday Fundraising Director and has transitioned into being the company's sales manager. Drew has 20 years of experience in the fundraising industry, and is here to help insure that you have a great experience with Foertmeyer & Sons.
Will is a graduate from Otterbein University and has been with Foertmeyer & Sons for 3 years. Will lives happily with his wife, Maddy, and daughter, Mia.
TERRITORY: Central Ohio Counties
Delaware, Licking, Coshocton, Franklin, Fairfield, Perry, Muskingum, Pickaway, Ross, and Hocking.
Bobbi Jo Noble
The newest member of our fundraising directors, Bobbi Jo lives in the Metro Detroit area, with her fiancé and three children. Over the past 20 years, she has gained experience managing a retail garden center.
TERRITORY: Southeast Michigan Counties
Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Washtenaw, Waynes, Livingston, Ingham, Oakland, Macomb, Shawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, and St. Clair