Rick and Elizabeth Peters were honored with the “Distinguished Member of the Horticultural Allied Trades” award by the Oregon Association of Nurseries at their Annual Convention November 5, 2016 in Sunriver.
The award recognizes an allied trade member who has shown exemplary support for the OAN, the industry and its members. It was presented to the Peters by Chris Robinson, Manager at Robinson Nursery.
“These two individuals are incredible,” said Robinson. “Their company’s success depends on the success of the clients they work with. They care greatly for these companies and it shows. The results that they have achieved collectively have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for their clients.”
“I’ve had the great pleasure to work with The Peters Company over the past several years. I am grateful for their earnest dedication to the success of those they partner with.”
“The industry needs companies like this, especially in a time when labor is short with few options. Rick and Elizabeth have an unwavering work ethic and work diligently to not just get bottom line results, but to engage and inspire the people they work with. They believe that the best appreciating assets in a company are the people. They truly live this model and help to equip individuals with skills and tools to be successful.”
Rick and Elizabeth founded the Oregon Nursery Lean Consortium. The program helps nurseries deal with the increasing cost and decreasing availability of labor. It brings together improvement leaders from multiple companies to learn and apply Lean principles, thereby reducing waste and delivering more value to customers at a lower cost.