Staff

This is some of our Watkins Nurseries team, we are pleased to meet you! If you need to contact any of us, please visit the “Contact” page.

Shannon Bush

Shannon joined Watkins Nurseries back in 2011 after receiving her business degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. She helps assist customers and manages all the hardscape and bulk delivery orders. When Shannon is not at work you can usually find her with her farm animals. In her free time she loves to be with her family and friends.

Cory Busic

Cory is the General Manager here at Watkins. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a degree in landscape and turf grass management. He started his own landscape design and construction business (Trademark Landscapes) in 2005 and owned and operated that company until the fall of 2017. With an extensive knowledge of hardscape design and installation he is an excellent resource for all things hardscape related. When Cory is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, going fishing, hunting, and enjoying pretty much everything outdoors.

Jason Campbell

Jason joined Watkins in November 2018 as a landscape team member and moved in wholesale and commercial sales in March 2019. He serves as the buyer of plant materials from partner growers, nurseries and farms. Prior to joining Watkins, Jason spent over 20 years as a firefighter/paramedic. He earned an MBA from Lynchburg College and a graduate certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech. Jason is the proud dad of Lexi, Maelynn, Weston and Lilly-Kate. When not at work Jason volunteers as a coach for Powhatan Little League Baseball and is a worship service producer for Passion Community Church in Powhatan.

Kyle Douglas

Kyle is our Assistant Plant Center Manager. He helps keep things going in the right direction and you can recognize him by his infectious smile. He graduated with his Associates in Horticulture and Applied Sciences in 2014 and has been passionate about working with plants for over a decade now. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting targets and spending time with family and friends.

Michele Estep

Michele is an accounting administrator. In addition to that she assists with other projects as needed whether that is in HR, marketing, sales or any other need. When she's not picking up other duties as assigned at work, you can find her playing tennis, kayaking, reading or traveling as much as possible.

Steve Fisher

Steve is a landscape designer who received his BA in Studio Arts and Design from the University of Virginia. He is a Certified Master Gardener and VNLA Nurseryman. Steve has worked as a landscape designer for over two decades with Landscape Design Build firms located in the Richmond area as well as Seaside, Florida and Annapolis, Maryland. Steve has also worked as a design consultant for several years with a national pool builder. In addition to landscape, Steve also enjoys working on hardscape projects including patios, walls, and rock gardens, which busy professionals like because of the lack of maintenance. Outside of work Steve enjoys painting, music and traveling the globe with his wife.

Jack Grace

Jack is the accounting manager for Watkins Nurseries. Jack joined Watkins in the spring of 2019 and brought with him a wealth of accounting knowledge and experience. He is a Virginia Tech graduate and also received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University. In his free time Jack enjoys following Hokie football and basketball or playing golf.

Robert ‘Elvis’ Harris

Here at Watkins Elvis is not the King of Rock n’ Roll, but rather the King of the Dock. (He got the nickname from some stylish sideburns he sported in the early 1990s). Elvis has worked at Watkins for over 28 years and describes his official title as “dock foreman and precision loader.”

Matt Killeen

Matt joined Watkins Nurseries after spending seven years in public accounting. Matt is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and a licensed CPA. Calling upon his education and experience Matt helps with financial analysis, project planning and marketing. When he's not in the office Matt likes to spend time with his wife, their baby and two dogs.

Jerry Lawson

Jerry has been our residential and commercial landscape designer at Watkins for over 37 years. Jerry is a graduate of the Virginia Tech School of Agriculture, where he focused his degree on Landscape Design and Ornamental Horticulture. He's passed that knowledge on to the next generation as an adjunct professor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Outside of the office Jerry thoroughly enjoys spending quality outdoor time with his wife, three sons, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, and beloved Redbone Coonhound.

Cyndi Lowery

Cyndi is an accounting administrator who also handles our human resources and pretty much anything else where she's needed. Her prior experiences range from disability determination services, receivables management and executive assistance. She's worn many hats in her prior positions and still does! Outside of the office Cyndi enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also enjoys dancing, photography, traveling and watching her Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Lacy Michael

Lacy is our receptionist and accounting assistant. Never without a chipper attitude, she helps customers, invoices orders, and handles the paperwork for the landscape department. Lacy enjoys spending time with her two daughters and new baby boy.

Phil Slobodien

Phil comes to Watkins via New Jersey, Philadelphia and Washington D.C....yup, a Yankee. He has a BA in Advertising and has a non-traditional nursery background; having worked in the pharmaceutical industry as well as a number of technology startups. He has also owned his own successful Landscaping firm, so he’s not all BS with his BA. With such a diverse background, Phil wears many hats here, making him the perfect fit in his operations role.

Alyssa Torre

Alyssa is a graduate of James Madison University and is earning her master's degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech. She manages all things plants and works with a skilled team to propagate and maintain the material grown at our various locations. Alyssa enjoys dancing, rock climbing with her husband and lounging with her fur-babies.

Robert Watkins

Robert is the fifth-generation owner/president of Watkins Nurseries. Robert earned his degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech after spending his childhood on the farms. After college, he returned to run Watkins Nurseries and over the last ten years he has worked to grow the business to what it is now. Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids (the 6th Generation) and anything else he can do that is not behind a desk.