Phil has been involved in the business his entire life and knew it was his calling at an early age. He and his twin brother, Paul, run the wholesale division and big brother, Ben, run the retail division, Windmill Gardens. Phil is responsible for overall operations of the wholesale division of DeGoede Brothers. Phil is very involved in sales, operations, human relations and customer service. Phil has been happily married for 27 years and has 3 children in college. He and his wife Dana are adjusting to their empty nest! In his spare time, he loves to golf, hike and is an avid sports fan.
Paul DeGoede, Partner, Operations Manager
Paul has also been involved in the business since he was a toddler. Paul oversees operations and maintenance at both wholesale and retail divisions of DeGoede Brothers. He is known as "MacGyver" around the farm and loves to create and fix things. He is always dreaming up new and different ways to fix or build it. Paul is also happily married and has three wonderful sons. He loves to ski, fish and travel in his spare time.
Ben is the "older" brother of the twins and has always been the creative mind in the family. He has had so many ideas and ventures, one of which is the Windmill Village. There are sure to be many more in the coming years. Ben is an active member of his community and involved in most activities or events in Sumner. Ben oversees the retail division, Windmill Gardens. He is very involved in sales, operations and customer service. Ben is happily married as well, has two children and one grandchild. In his spare time, he loves to travel, play poker and golf.
Carmen joined DeGoede Bothers in 1992 and has been happily employed for almost 25 years. Carmen started out at DeGoede's knowing little to nothing about plants and is now responsible for a large part of the company. She wears many different hats in order to keep DeGoede Brothers up and running. She handles A/P, sales, shipping, operations, office management and customer service. In her spare time, Carmen loves camping, traveling and is involved in the Greyhounds NW rescue group.
Tom has been with DeGoede Bothers since 2000 and is well known and respected in the nursery industry. DeGoede Brothers is lucky to have him! Tom grew up in the Chicago area and has had many jobs within the industry. This has given him the knowledge to bring those experiences to DeGoede Brothers. Tom is our head grower and handles the planning and production of all the crops at both the wholesale and retail division of DeGoede Brothers. Tom enjoys attending sporting events and traveling.
Meka started at DeGoede Bothers in March of 2004 and has been a grower since 1994. She started as the lead grower at our home range and moved to the farm range in 2007. In 2008 we expanded our Propagation Department and she was instrumental in that. Meka is on the board of the Flower Growers of Puget Sound and is very passionate about her job. She is married with a young daughter and loves hiking, shopping and spending time with her family.
Brenda has been with DeGoede Bothers since 2001. She oversees the H/R departments at both the wholesale and retail divisions of DeGoede Brothers and the A/R for DeGoede Brothers. In her spare time, Brenda likes to explore the outdoors with her dog Cedar, is an avid nature photographer and loves gardening.
Kathy has been with DeGoede Brothers going on 30 years! She is proud to be the employee with the longest tenure. Kathy is our expert fuchsia grower and nobody can speak "fuchsia" like her. She is an active member of the safety committee and is known as the "Queen Bee" here at DeGoede's. She has been married for 36 years, has 3 lovely children and 6 grandchildren. Kathy loves camping, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren.
Catherine joined the DeGoede Brother's team in 2015 as the Inventory and Production Assistant. She has extensive retail and direct marketing experience related to produce, even a bit in the nursery industry. She has been enjoying learning about what goes on behind the scenes in production. Off the job she has her own small farm that keeps her busy. She is an active hiker, dancer and yoga practitioner.