AIPH announces finalists and judges for Young International Grower of the Year 2022

Young International Grower of the Year

Three young horticultural professionals have reached the final for the inaugural Young International Grower of the Year Award.

Looking after the future of the ornamental horticulture industry is vital, which is why the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has partnered with Jungle Talks to introduce a new category to the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2022.

The new award recognises the ambition of young entrepreneurial professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who participated in the Pro Manager Mastercourse organised by Jungle Talks. Entries have been assessed and three young professionals have reached the final.

Chris Rocheleau has experience as a Head Grower at three nurseries in the USA. He has a Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, Chris is a National Sales Manager for ForemostCo, USA, where he leads a team to create a library of growing cultural and technical sheets.

Pablo Bazzani is General Manager of Plazoleta Flowers, Colombia, where he is responsible for leading and supervising financial, production, sales, and logistics procedures and results. Prior to this role, he gained experience as a Marketing Assistant and Marketing Manager for Perfection® Group, Colombia.

Matyas Bartha is the Head of Operations at Silver Vase, an orchid grower based in Florida, USA. Having joined in 2010, Matyas started out as a Production & Maintenance Assistant before taking on the role of Grower and New Plant Production Development, ultimately progressing to the Head of Operations in 2018.

The finalists will present their business ideas to the jury, which is made up of four expert horticultural entrepreneurs. The judges are: Leonardo Capitanio, AIPH Vice-President and CEO of Vivai Capitanio (Italy); Wouter Duijvestejn, Owner of Beyond Chrysant (The Netherlands); Stephanie Berkhout, Lead Grower at Qualitree (Canada); and Puck van Holsteijn, CEO of World Horti Centre (The Netherlands).

The winner will be announced at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards Ceremony on 14th June 2022 at GreenTech Amsterdam starting at 6pm CEST. The evening event includes a drinks reception with a range of food to fill stomachs as guests network with others in the industry.

Tickets for the awards event cost €50 (incl. VAT) per person. Groups of five tickets are available for the discounted price of €200 and groups of ten for €350. Tickets can be purchased here:

The IGOTY 2022 Awards are supported by headline sponsor Royal FloraHolland, founding partner FloraCulture International, sapphire sponsor Expo 2021 Hatay, ruby sponsor GlobalGap, pearl sponsor Freddie’s Flowers and awards partners CIOPORA and World Horti Center.

Hannah Pinnells
Digital Marketing & Communications Executive