Chad comes from a background of farming and ranching. Alongside his Papa, he grew up working cattle, cabbage and hay fields and the family owned fern business. At one point, Chad was active in rodeo and after graduating high school, he helped manage his grandfather’s fern business, working with the migrant workers at times and learning Spanish to better communicate with them. In his twenties, he left the family business and went to work at Sea Ray building boats for two years. From there, he went on to work at Skinner’s Wholesale Nurseries, where he worked his way up from overseeing the loading dock, to a top salesman. After about 13 years, Chad and Tera went on to open their own wholesale distribution business, brokering landscape material. A few years later, they purchased 28 acres that had once been a tree farm/nursery. After extensive renovations, they had their first tree farm, with two rental properties. From there, they went on to purchase more land, thus growing their operation!v
Tera comes from a background of farming and agriculture. She grew up working at her parent’s custom slaughter plant, where clients brought in livestock for processing and wrapping. She was also hands on with her hog operation, where she raised pigs to sell to locals. She grew up playing softball for her high school, rodeoing, competing around the state and very active in FFA. She attended Daytona Beach Community College, where she obtained a degree in business administration and management. She ultimately became a buyer for the Central FL Fern Co-Op, where she worked 13 years, before stepping away to work in a church office part-time, so that she could be at home more with her and Chad’s children. After about 3 years, she came “home” to work the tree business with Chad, and the rest is history!