Kurt Van der Wetering
Ivy Acres, Baiting Hollow, N.Y.
Oversees day-to-day operations of Ivy Acres’ approximately 25 acres of greenhouse production and a peak staff of 200 employees; Responsible for the design, expansion and construction of 6.5 acres of greenhouses that are performing ahead of original expectations; Serves as chairman of the advisory council for Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center and is on the board of directors of the Long Island Farm Bureau.
Can’t live without: “My iPhone 4S. I am waiting for a model with a corkscrew like my Swiss army knife. Then it would be complete;” Favorite food: Fish — broiled, baked, blackened, fried, raw or Swedish; Favorite movies: Oceans 11, 12 and 13.
A few years ago, Kurt took a “sabbatical” from Ivy Acres so he and his wife could manage a hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico.