Executive Board

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Executive Board

PLANT WNY leadership is composed of combined elected and volunteer personnel.  Board Members are the elected officers of this organization and are nominated by a committee and elected at its General Meeting. Board Members are elected for a one a year term as stated in the bylaws. Any member in good standing can be nominated and elected.

2024 PLANT WNY Executive Board of Directors

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PLANT WNY
Joyce Janson, Executive Secretary
PO Box 188, East Amherst, NY 14051
P (716) 741-8047 :: F (716) 741-0072

President - Lou Sardo

Lou is a Financial Professional with Equitable Advisors. When it comes to financial and retirement planning, he specializes in working with small businesses. Lou is licensed to help with financial and retirement planning, employee group benefits, disability and life insurance solutions, buy/sell agreements and business continuation planning just to name a few.

Lou understands the green industry firsthand as he joined PLANT WNY in 2016 as a landscape business owner. He was proud to showcase his garden scape at Plantasia and has continued to participate and be a resource for his former colleagues. Lou said his key to success has been to smile, and to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Vice President - Ryan McMillan

Ryan is owner of McMillan's Landscaping located in Angola, NY.

Treasurer - Roger Restorff, Lifetime CNLP

Roger graduated from SUNY @ Alfred with an AAS in Ornamental Horticulture Landscape Development in 1984. He returned to Alfred in 1985 to complete the Nursery Management option and several business classes. Roger worked for several companies after graduation, learning the practical side of landscape construction. In August of 1986, he started Restorff’s Landscape Service part time. The business quickly grew and Roger went full time in 1987. Roger is a certified nursery and landscape professional (CNLP) and an authorized Unilock contractor. Roger resides in Orchard Park with his wife and four children. Roger has served over 21 years as a volunteer firefighter and currently active member of the Ellwood Fire Company in the Town of Tonawanda. He enjoys the Sabres, Bills and camping.

Secretary - Crystal O'Hara

Crystal has grown up always around the horticulture industry but in the last 15 years she has made it her career. She started at her father’s business Trees View Landscaping. After her father passed, she went and worked for Chevalier Outdoor Living for a few years. She now works for Murray Brothers Nursery and Garden Center. She is one of their landscape foreman.She has also received her horticulture degree from Niagara County Community College.  She currently lives in West Seneca with her husband and daughter.

Director - Steven Sypniewski, Lifetime CNLP

Steve is a lifelong resident of WNY and has over 30 years in the green industry. After receiving a degree from SUNY Alfred State in Landscape Development, Steve worked for several Buffalo area landscape firms, Valley View Nursery, Alden Evergreen Nursery, Adam’s Nursery, Woodside Landscape Care, and his own firm, Hilltop Landscape & Design. Throughout his career, Steve has a wide range of landscape contracting experience, including design/build, maintenance and tree service. In addition to his lifetime CNLP, he is an ISA Certified Arborist, and a NYS certified pesticide applicator in category 3a. Employed at SUNY Buffalo State since 2011, he is currently the Assistant Campus Planner & Arboretum Manager.

Committees

Arbor Day

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

CNLP

Trade Show & Education Conference

Erie County Fair

Foundation

Golf Outing

Historian

Membership

Landscape Awards

Leaf a Legacy

Plantasia