Family Business is Family Business - Meet the Moran Family

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Meet the Moran Family

Rick Moran, Husband, Father, Fisherman, Cricket Club President, Bonfire Aficionado and - he’s our Production Manager here at Heyne’s.
Rick has worked with us at Heyne’s Wholesale for 38 years.

Production Manager is a challenging role, every space on the ground is revenue, every plant an investment, every season unpredictable, Rick seamlessly walks the fine line that keeps the plant bays filling and emptying in almost tidal motion. We’re not sure, if it’s all the time spent staring out to the Murray River, when he’s down at that shack of his at Swan Reach, however Rick manages the flow of our beautiful plants here at Heyne’s and we are in awe.
Rick’s impressive plant and production knowledge is not the only skill Rick has shared with us.
He has enriched our organisations with two of his (now adult) children.

With wonderful childhood memories of coming to visit their Dad at work, Heyne’s was a workplace that felt like home, and it is delightful that Chris Moran and Bee Moran have come to be at Heyne’s. Chris has now been working in production for eight years and Bee in sales, Bee is ratcheting up four years on the Heyne’s time clock.

When they are not busy working at Heyne’s Wholesale, Chris and Bee pursue their chosen sports, Chris a summertime cricket star and a winter A grade footballer and Bee, who has recently handed in her Netball bib for a pair of knee pads, is blitzing it for the state in the dynamic sport of Dodgeball.

We know for sure that the keen sporty Moran family needs a referee when it comes to the garden at home, with little space for much else expect for the birds, the garden literally groans with Rick’s preferred native plants, and all the rescue plants that Chris nurtures back to health. This leaves just enough room for Bee to winkle in her loved succulents and cacti.

The Moran family have joined in many of life’s celebrations and milestones with us, tens of years shared, with many more to unfold. In the words of Bee “we are just like family just not by blood”. Maybe this confirms that we all have chlorophyll running in our veins?

Meet Our John Stevens

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John Stevens

There is no doubting that Heyne’s is an established and revered family business, with an expanding belt that currently sits on the notch of 5 generations.
The growing plants thing is a collaborative and inclusive business, and whilst we acknowledge the amazing contribution that the Heynes family operation makes to horticulture, community and businesses in South Australia.
The supportive contribution, dedication and talent of the staff that the Heyne family draw upon, improves and strengthens the Heynes Brand, these invaluable staff members are paramount to the continuing success of the business.

Meet John Stevens.
John has been hanging with Heyne’s Wholesale for almost five years now, a superior nurseryman who once flew the New South Wales colours. Fortuitously John took a right hand turn on the highway of life and rolled south, Heynes scooped him into the fold drawing on his knowledge, customer service skills and hard working ethic; and have recently knighted him to the role of Sales Coordinator.

Timing is everything, it’s a true adage – In the plant production game It is a crucial element. John’s role as sales coordinator is to time the production of all the plants for your orders and stock requirements. It’s with a profound understanding of plant behaviour, the weather, the nurseries load and staffing and amazing communication with Heyne’s Production manger Rick Moran and the Man in the cane bottomed chair, Carl Heyne, that this feat of skill can be executed.

With an apprenticeship served in a leading native plant production nursery, it’s no surprise that John harbours a loud and proud love of indigenous plants. John predicts that with the decline of the traditional backyard and gardens as they once were, we will also see a change of attitude towards natives plants. With more gardeners becoming interested in the astonishing and vast range of stunning impressive varieties of native plants. Plants that are so adaptable and appropriate to our changing environment, plants that are not only suited to your zone and region, they are grown for your region.

The grown locally message, aligns with the ethos of the Heyne’s brand that if it’s grown locally you know it will thrive locally.

There is much kudos in this role of sales coordinator, John is your man on the ground, making sure that everything is humming along and on track for your plant order. He’s a very integral cog in the Heyne’s wheel.