Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Kathy Valentine of The Plant Professionals

Socially Responsible Entrepreneur – Kathy Valentine of The Plant Professionals

When Kathy Valentine joined, the still-germinating, The Plant Professionals (then known as the The Plant Therapist of Lansing) in 1980 as a newly hired plant care technician, the firm was just beginning to sprout out from the original one-person operation selling tropical indoor plants.

Armed with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University, Valentine helped sow the seeds for growth that would turn The Plant Professionals into a mid-Michigan powerhouse that manages displays at locations such as Jackson National Life Insurance Co., the Lansing Mall and various state office buildings.

Valentine’s emerging role, first as a junior partner and then as sole owner of the company in 1990, came full blossom recently as she was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur at the 2019 Greater Lansing Business Monthly Entrepreneurial Awards banquet at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath Township.

 

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