Robert Markus is the Floral Director for Harris Teeter (Kroger subsidiary) in Matthews, NC (8 years). He is transplanted 5th generation California native who has moved throughout the country in pursuit of his passion, horticulture. Holding a four year Horticulture degree from California Polytechnic State University, his journey in the floral industry began 25 years ago. His success is an accumulation of education, experience and knowledge from previous positions. Has progressively worked in all aspects if the floral industry including: Owning a landscape company, wholesale floral (DWF), breeder/grower (Dole Fresh Flowers) and supermarkets (HEB, Farm Fresh (Supervalu) and Harris Teeter (Kroger).
Markus believes in thinking outside of the box and was responsible for developing the first floral guarantee program in the US and created the tear-away sleeve for consumer bunches and bouquets. “I have always had a passion for floriculture and landscaping, I was the kid who weeded without being told”. Favorite hobbies (after wife and kids) are landscaping, home remodeling, construction, and auto restoration. “Never be afraid to try something new, we all must throw things against the wall to see if they stick, only then can success and progress be made”.