Speaker Bio

Richard Christakes

Richard Christakes

CEO, Alsip Home & Nursery

Richard is a second-generation owner of one of the nation’s largest volume retail garden centers, with locations in Frankfort, Ill. and St. John, Ind. An Indiana State Certified Horticulturist, talk radio host and CEO of Alsip, Richard brings nearly 20 years of industry experience and a passion for the industry to the Garden Center Editorial Advisory Board. Richard has helped lead Alsip in developing a successful pet division and also offers a popular grooming service on-site at both locations. He also launched Alsip's Landscape Contractor Sales division in 2007 that has grown to a $3 million division. Alsip also has a robust e-commerce component, which the company started in 2015. Richard helped start True Mtn Marketing and True Mtn Social, which together are a full-service digital advertising agency that specializes in website development,  e-commerce integration, social media marketing, videography and brand development/graphic design. True Mtn has built several websites in the horticulture industry including www.hortcoutureplants.com and www.alsipnursery.com. Alsip Home & Nursery is No. 16 on Garden Center magazine’s 2018 Top 100 list.


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February 20 @ 9:15 AM