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Board Spotlight Mike Scheitz

Board Member Spotlight

Mike Scheitz
The Fields on Caton Farm

Mike began his term of service to the IGIA Board of Directors in July 2019.  He also serves as the Finance Chair, which makes him part of the Executive Board. In his role as Finance Chair, Mike provides a monthly review of the association financials and oversight of the operations budget to ensure the organization is operating responsibly and in the best interest of IGIA members. In the past, Mike has also been part of the IGIA Growers Committee. 

Q: What motivates you on a Monday morning?
Mike: I look forward to talking with my customers and helping them solve procurement issues.

Q: What has been your proudest moment in business?
Mike: During the height of the Emerald Ash Borer infestation, I helped many villages and municipalities develop diversification plans which are still being used.

Q: What has been your biggest business challenge?
Mike: Right now, it is finding evergreens for my customers.

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Q: Share a fun fact about you that many people don't know.
Mike: My wife and I live on a small farm where we raise Aronia Berries and hay.  Aronia berries are a super fruit that have many health benefits.

Q: What's your favorite plant?
Mike: My favorite plant is Gingko, and I love all varieties.  The disease and insect resistancegingko is incomparable and the uniqueness of the tree as a whole makes it stand out.

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?
Mike: Have more patience and learn whatever you can along the way.  Be open to and embrace change.

Q: What made you decide to become involved in a leadership role in the association?
Mike: I found when you get involved, you learn and understand much more about the industry.  You also develop relationships with people you may not have ever met.

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?
Mike: Come join us at some of our events, and you will see first hand how IGIA has impacted your business.

About The Fields on Caton Farm

Started in 1993 by Greg Neumann, The Fields on Caton Farm is situated on 230 acres of fertile Will County farmland that has been nurtured by the Neumann family since the 1940s. Featuring a beautiful retail Garden Center, a 5-acre walking garden, and 210-acres of cold, hardy perennials, shrubs and trees, The Fields is the premier Midwest horticultural center.  LEARN MORE