With this issue, it’s hard not to get nostalgic as our loyal, faithful, wonderful western New York sales representative Maria Walczak begins her journey—quite possibly the best one yet—to retirement. Maria grew the UGJ’s presence in the western New York region from the bottom up. We can’t find the words to adequately thank her for the hard work and dedication she has given to the magazine.
But don’t worry—if you join us on our annual Odyssey to Ithaca tour, you’ll at least get to see her once a year! Maria will continue to be a staple there, and at PLANT WNY’s Plantasia show each spring in Hamburg. We will miss her dearly, but know she will check in regularly—and keep in touch with the friends she has made along the way, too.
On a related note, we would like to welcome Kirstin Lincoln, our new western New York sales representative. Kirstin comes to us with more than 20 years of sales experience. She is a lifelong resident of western New York, devoted wife, and mother of two daughters (plus a golden retriever, Mason). Please welcome Kirstin to the UGJ family!