Name:  Matthew Heard

Title and Company:  I am a Buyer at Green Circle Growers in Oberlin, Ohio

Hometown:  Aledo, Illinois

Major and Graduation Date:  My Major was Horticulture with an option in Greenhouse Production & Management.  I graduated in May 2009.

Major Job/Position Responsibilities:  I am in charge of:  MPS – a sustainability program, the national and international intern programs, purchasing all chemicals, fertilizers and numerous grower, maintenance, landscaping, shipping and sales supplies.

What you like most about your job/position:  As a former grower here before I took my present job, I believe that knowledge has helped me today.  What I like most is getting to meet with the representatives from all the chemical companies and hearing about new chemistry.  As well as coming into work and not knowing what the day will bring.

What advice would you give to current students:  My advice would be to make sure you have good work references as well as the good grades.  Companies are looking more and more for people that have a good work ethic as well as the GPA.  So work hard guys and if you have trouble along the way, don’t give up because trust me it is all worth it in the end!!!