May 21, 2012 - 10:31
Matt Blanchard, PhD

Age

29

Job Title

Technical Services Specialist

Company

Syngenta Flowers, Gilroy, Calif.

Accomplishments

Develops and implements industry-focused training programs that cover genetics, ornamental controls and growing media the help growers improve overall efficiencies and savings; Developed bedding plant growing media selection tool and temperature and light guide to aid growers; Taught bedding and pot-crop production and PGR courses at Michigan State University; During academic career, authored or co-authored more than 20 refereed journal articles, 50 trade journal articles and two book chapters.

Extracurricular

Enjoys traveling, hiking, being outdoors and exploring new trails and parks. Favorite vacation spot: Glacier National Park. Favorite read: National Geographic magazine.

Fun Fact

You might not know: Matt is an Eagle Scout.