Meet Our Team
Johnny is the founder of Wishon Evergreens, the Christmas Tree Company, and co-founder of Appalachian Produce Company. After graduating from NC State University, he went straight to work after college to teach high school in Sparta, NC, growing a few hundred trees a year as a side business. Beginning in 1998, Johnny quit teaching and began growing trees full time. Since then, the company has grown significantly. “We ship to garden centers and retailers up and down the east coast, almost every state east of the Mississippi will get a Christmas tree from us. I love that what we are doing is the centerpiece for somebody's Christmas, that is a pretty good feeling.”
Co-Owner/ Sales and Production Manager
Brad, Johnny’s oldest son, came back to the family business in the fall of 2019. After graduating from NC State, Brad worked in the industry for several years and has brought back valuable experience. He is now the Sales and Production Manager and has helped facilitate extensive growth. “ I came back to work for Wishon Evergreens because I have always wanted to help out with the family business and I want to see the company reach new heights.”
Field Manager/ Crew Supervisor
Osvaldo Prado has been a part of Wishon Evergreens since 2001. Leaning on his extensive experience, he is in charge of field production for both trees and pumpkins. Additionally, he is the crew supervisor, directly overseeing dozens of employees. Osvaldo is an irreplaceable asset to the company and a cornerstone of its success.
Melanie Wagoner, our Accounts Manager, focuses on finances, company bookkeeping, and customer relations. Her tasks include working with internal departments to ensure their needs are met. She supports sales, production, data collection, and customer service.
Joe Scheffey, working part time for many years, began his role full time in 2019. Joe is in charge of all things equipment and serves as the company mechanic. He plays an integral role in making sure everything within the company continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.
HR Manager/Office Administration
Leo Torres, our Human Resources manager, is tasked with planning, coordinating, and directing the administrative functions of the Wishon Evergreens team. During the height of the fall season, we will employ nearly 400 people, making Leo's position crucial. Also, Leo serves as an office admin, aiding in the activities of the company.
We are so fortunate to have a fantastic, hard-working field crew. Our success and growth would not be possible without the dedicated work of these guys!
A Family Business
"We love bringing Christmas to your family! " - Johnny, Linda, Brad, Garrett, and Anne Marie Wishon