Grown for independents by independents

Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, ready-to-sell plants, on time and “farm fresh.” Since 1980, we’ve built the reputation of supplying garden centers and retailers plants we can both be proud of.

bio-bob-cartwrightRobert W. “Bob” Cartwright


Our “Handgrown. Handled with care.” customer promise is a personal commitment for Bob. He has been leading our efforts since 1980 making sure that growing, shipping, and customer relations meet Ran-Pro’s exacting standards. Bob inspires the whole team with his personal involvement to make sure you receive the highest quality plant on every order.

Recognizing that industry involvement is vital to the overall success of the nursery and landscape business, Bob actively participates in key associations, as is a past Chairman of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association.


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Sales Manager

Helping you find the right plant solutions to grow your business is Ken’s passion. He guides Ran-Pro’s sales team, and brings over 37 years of experience in the horticulture industry having worked with many industry-leading companies. He has excelled in helping garden centers determine the right merchandising and pricing strategies to increase sales, profits and customer satisfaction.

Ken is a Texas Master Certified Nursery Professional and stays involved in regional nursery and landscaping associations to stay front and center of all the issues that impact today’s horticultural challenges.

MikeMike Engleman


With over 40 years of experience in the nursery industry as a grower and sales and marketing professional, Mike plays a key role in helping our retailers choose the Ran-Pro Farms products that will help them and their customers achieve success.

He attended Southwest Texas State University and is a Texas Master Gardener and a Texas Certified Pesticide Applicator. Mike is also 2013 past president and 2014 chairman of the board of the Northeast Texas Nursery Growers Association.

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Liner specialist

Plants that are started right makes the grower’s job much easier. Laura brings over 40 years of experience in growing liners having worked with the best in the industry. She has the expertise to help growers determine specific growing plans that provide the right foundation for future success.

bio-bill-ayersBill Ayers


Producing plants that are healthy, and free of pests and disease requires production knowledge and nursery experience. With more than 30 years experience in landscaping and managing production in the nursery industry, Bill serves a vital role in ensuring that our plants are high quality and retail-ready when you receive them. He maintains a vigilant focus on our pest and disease program, propagation, and general production.

Bill is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Horticulture.


bio-mary-valdezMary Valdez

Customer Service Representative and Information Technology Support

Our promise is to deliver the right products – on time, every time. With more than 26 years of nursery industry experience, Mary understands your shipping needs. She is responsible for locating, contracting, and scheduling the many trucks needed to deliver Ran-Pro’s products.

Mary also plays a vital role in managing the use of information technology to fulfill Ran-Pro’s goal of providing you the highest level of customer satisfaction.

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Customer Service Representative and Logistics Coordinator

We want to earn your trust and your business. This means invoicing the right products at the right price. Marie is responsible for managing inventory availability, verifying the correctness of every shipment, and assuring the accuracy of each invoice. She makes sure that the details are covered.

Marie works diligently to make your every experience with Ran-Pro as easy as possible so that you can spend your time focusing on the success of your business.

bio-regina-winklesRegina Winkles

Business Manager and Systems Administrator

We are committed to managing our business in an economically sustainable manner so that we can serve our customers for many years to come. Regina manages the nitty-gritty financial details and takes care of all accounting and finance issues so that the rest of the team can do the fun work of serving customers and growing great plants.

Regina also makes sure that we comply with the ever-changing government regulation paperwork requirements and she is the administrator of our computer systems. Regina graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Tyler.