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Northeast Territory Managers

Sara Christ
  • Sara Christ
  • Western NY
  • Sara is a life-long member of the western NY agricultural community and has a background in garden-center sales, owner-operator of a farm market retail business, and was territory account manager for a commercial vegetable seed distributor. She brings valuable experience in vegetable crop production, produce marketing, retail sales and customer service. Sara and her family reside in Brockport, NY.



Jason Detzel
  • Jason Detzel
  • Eastern NY, VT, ME, RI, CT, MA, NH
  • Jason earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Business from the University of the People. A native of Massachusetts, Jason is an active member of the Hudson Valley NY agricultural community and brings a diverse skill set to the Stokes Seeds sales team. With experience in livestock, forages, vegetable crops, and as a former senior Cornell Cooperative Extension educator, he is well prepared to work with growers to find profitable solutions to their crop production challenges. Jason and his family reside in Hudson, NY.


Mid-Atlantic Territory Managers

Tom Pagels
  • Tom Pagels
  • NJ, MD, DE, PA
  • Tom is a veteran of the commercial vegetable seed industry with over 40years experience. He specializes in watermelon, peppers, corn, greens and more. Tom is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS and MS in horticulture. Tom has an extensive background in agriculture / horticulture and is particularly well-versed in the southern New Jersey and Delmarva marketplaces. Tom and his wife reside in southern New Jersey.



Vince Winkler
  • Vince Winkler
  • NJ, DE, Eastern MD
  • Vince grew up on a commercial vegetable crop farm in DE and brings a diverse agricultural background to the sales team. With direct experience in crop production, nutrient management, chemistry application, food safety, irrigation systems and seed sales, he has a broad base of knowledge valuable to producers in his territory. Vince earned a Bachelor’s Degree in agronomy crop and soil management from Purdue University. He resides with his family in the Middletown, DE area.



Bryan Hannigan
  • Bryan Hannigan
  • NJ, MD, DE
  • Bryan is a graduate of Rutgers University, with a degree in Agricultural Science. He has been selling vegetable seed directly to farmers for over 40 years. Bryan sells almost every species as he supports both wholesale growers, and roadside market growers in one of the most densely populated areas of the country. His specialty areas include sweet corn, peppers, winter and summer squash and many herbs. He resides with his wife in southern New Jersey.



Steve Stout
  • Steve Stout
  • NJ, Eastern PA
  • Steve has spent his career in agriculture, first in NY and for several years NJ. His background is extensive in crop scouting and consulting, with experience in sweet corn, cabbage, kale and many other commercial vegetable crops. Most recently, he managed cranberry and blueberry production at an operation in Central NJ. Steve earned a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science from Keuka College. He resides with his family in the Southhampton, NJ area.



Grayson Lambert
  • Grayson Lambert
  • VA, WV, MD
  • Grayson brings a unique skill set to the Stokes Seeds team. He is a certified nutrient management planner with experience in fertilizer, soils, crop production and seed sales. Grayson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil and Crop Sciences from Virginia Tech University. A native of Virginia, he is an active member of the agricultural community and brings an enthusiasm for serving growers, equipping him well to serve commercial vegetable seed producers in the region. Grayson resides in Mechanicsville, VA.
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Joe Esposito
  • Joe Esposito
  • Northern Product Development Manager
  • As northern product development manager Joe is tasked with identifying new products to meet the diverse needs of producers across many geographic regions. Joe is from south New Jersey where he was farm manager for several years responsible for leading all aspects of the commercial vegetable and fruit production operation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commercial Crop Production and Marketing from Delaware Valley University and brings extensive experience in tomato, squash and sweet corn production. Joe resides in Sicklerville, NJ.


Mid-West Territory Managers

Tom Jacobs
  • Tom Jacobs
  • MI, OH, IN
  • Tom is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, earning a BS in Agri-business. He has over 30 years of sales experience in agronomy, irrigation, and fresh market products. Tom is well versed in cucumbers, pumpkins, and pepper production, with a primary expertise in sweet corn. Tom and his wife reside in west Michigan and have 5 children.



Joe Szczepanski
  • Joe Szczepanski
  • WI, MN, IA, IL, Dakotas
  • Joe’s career focus has been centered around WI agriculture. He has experience in crop consulting, nutrient management, precision planting and ag equipment sales and service. He was sales and location manager for one of the Midwest’s largest John Deere dealerships. Joe earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. As a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Joe is an active participant in the Wisconsin agricultural community. He currently serves on the Partners of Progressive Agriculture Board. He resides in the Stevens Point, WI area.



Hannah Wildman
  • Hannah Wildman
  • OH, IL, IN, MO
  • Hannah earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Wilmington College and is currently finishing her master’s degree in Agribusiness at Kansas State University. She has a background in the nursery industry with additional experience in irrigation, crop scouting, and inventory management. Hannah resides in the Springfield, OH area.


Southeast Territory Managers

Carson Deal
  • Carson Deal
  • GA and Northern FL
  • Carson grew up on the family farm in GA and has made agriculture her career. She has experience with crop production and agricultural education. Carson was part of the University of Georgia peanut research team. She is a graduate of the Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in agricultural education from the University of Georgia. Carson resides in the Tifton, GA area.



Lane Fraleigh
  • Lane Fraleigh
  • Central and Southern FL
  • Lane brings an extensive background in commercial vegetable crop production and research to the Southeast sales team. His experience in turfgrass management, vegetable plant breeding, research trials and seed sales will benefit producers in the region. Tomato, pepper and melon are among his crop specialties. Lane earned a Bachelor’s Degree in horticultural science from Auburn University. He resides with his family in the Bonita Springs, FL area.



Gabriel Strickland
  • Gabriel Strickland
  • Southeast Product Development Manager
  • Gabriel earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and Communication from The University of Florida and has experience in commercial vegetable and sugar cane production and research.




Anna Young
  • Anna Young
  • NC, SC, TN, KY
  • A native of North Carolina, Anna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriscience from North Carolina State University. She was a public relations representative for the North Carolina Watermelon Growers Association and former North Carolina Watermelon Queen. Anna brings a strong agricultural background to the Stokes Seeds team with experience in crop production and retail sales.



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