Chicagoland Wholesale Trees

Our Staff

Meet theIvanhoe Team

Russ Stokes

Russ StokesNursery Manager

I have spent most of my life and career in the “Green Industry”. Having grown up on a farm in Riverton, Utah, I learned the wonder of growing plants and the hard work and dedication needed to be successful.

I got my start at a large nursery in Centerville, Utah. I received a Nurseryman Certification from Utah State University and received a Business Management degree from Utah Community College.

In 2001, I moved to Wisconsin with my family to manage a large wholesale and retail nursery. In 2009, I saw the potential of Ivanhoe Nursery and wanted to become part of the team. In what was a four growing area is now over sixty acres of trees and shrubs.

Maria Marquez

Maria MarquezSales Representative/Office Administrator

I have come to Ivanhoe Nursery with over thirteen years of experience being in the green industry. I have a solid background in Nursery inside sales, accounting, and other office functions. I saw a great opportunity to assist the Ivanhoe Nursery team in promoting sales, inventory control, and helping the company grow.

Being proficient in Spanish is a real plus and comes in handy when I am dealing with the Hispanic clientele. I also love my family which includes my husband Miquel who is in the landscape business, four boys, and 2 1/2 grandchildren (Miguel will be born in November).

I like helping customers and feel very satisfied when I know the customer is happy with the service we have provided them.

Valente Bustillos

Valente BustillosAssistant Nursery Manager

Most important, I love working and helping plants grow into perfect specimens. I am always looking for ways to do things better. With my team, I carefully explain to each nursery worker why things need to be done in order to produce the best possible plant. I take a lot of pride in my work and understand that tasks such as pruning are an art. You have to know what you are doing otherwise the finished product is not going to look good. In my career, I have harvested over 500,000 various shrubs and trees. I have over twenty years of nursery growing experience and each day I learn something new. I enjoy working at Ivanhoe Nursery where the philosophy is that outcome is what counts and my experience is respected and we all work together to push each other to do even better.

When not working, (which he seems to be always) I love to spend time with my wife Monica, and three children all of which I am very proud of (they are straight A students).

Rob Kozimor

Rob KozimorWholesale Outside Sales Representative

Rob has been involved in the green industry since 1984. He holds a B.S. degree in horticulture from Illinois State University. His experience encompasses wholesale, re-wholesale, nursery grower, landscaping grounds maintenance, multi-garden center operations, annual/perennial growing, operations and general management.

Rob travels extensively throughout IL, IN, MN and WI.

Rob resides in Oshkosh, WI with his family, Wendy, Samantha and Erik. Rob is an hockey fan, who grew up in Chicago being an ardent follower of the Blackhawks. Rob has coached youth and high-school hockey and both his kids have participated in hockey ever since they were old enough to put on a pair of skates.