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Board Member Spotlight

Carol Rakers
Creative Garden Services, LLC

Carol has served on the IGIA Board of Directors since July 2017 and moved into her role on the Executive Board in July 2020. Carol has been instrumental in helping IGIA build stronger relationships in the Quincy market, including hosting an annual Industry Meetup each fall where members have an opportunity to network with each other and with local officials.

Q: What motivates you on a Monday morning?
Carol: Always a cup of coffee and good weather

Q: What has been your proudest moment in business?
Carol: Receiving the YWCA Woman of Achievement award in 2005.

Q: What has been your biggest business challenge?
Carol: Finding employees

Q: Share a fun fact about you that many people don't know.Carol Rakers Zipline
Carol: I Love to Zip Line.

Do you have a horticulture or business mentor? Is there any wisdom they have given you that you'd like to share?
Carol: Bill and Don Bergman.  Bill always told me to be confident in my answers to clients.  Don taught me to work hard and don't hold feelings in.

Q: What's your favorite plant?
Carol: It changes every year, but I love ALL hydrangeas and Allium.

Q: If you could go back in time and offer words of wisdom to a younger version of yourself starting out in this business, what would that be?
Carol: Learn to say no earlier.  Trust your instincts.

Q: What made you decide to become involved in a leadership role in the association?InVigorateU Landscape Panel
Carol: I love my career and I want to share that feeling, along with my experiences.  Hopefully, others will be inspired and will take the chances necessary to run a business and be a professional in our industry.

Q: What would you say to your peers who may be hesitant to get involved with the association or not understand the importance of belonging to an industry group?
Carol: The only way to improve your lot in business and in life is to get involved.

About Creative Garden Services, Inc

Creative Garden Services was started in August of 1998 by Carol Rakers. Carol has been in the green industry since 1983. Creative Garden Services has 10 full-time employees and 3 seasonal employees and offers experienced personnel to handle any and all landscape needs. They are not afraid to try new ideas and are constantly on the look-out for interesting designs and plant combinations. They take pride in being dependable and conscientious. Learn More