The growing business is what our team lives and breathes

There isn't much in the greenhouse business we haven't seen. Everything from production to replenishment to technology and more.

What does this mean for you? A crystal clear understanding of the challenges you face in your business now, and the obstacles that can stand in your way as you grow.

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When you work with us, you'll see
how our values come to life

Relational

Listen, empathize, engage - people come first

Innovative

Look at the problem from a different angle.

Humble

Defer praise and build up your team.

Meet the team

dedicated to building the technology that gives you your time back, so you can enjoy your work with less stress

Adam
Founder

ADAM
VANWINGERDEN

Sharing the vision drives Adam as an entrepreneur. He not only loves getting the right people on the bus but finding them the best seat also. As a Director of Sales and Marketing, he managed accounts with major retailers of over $75MM in sales and carries this momentum and experience to Silver Fern. Outside of work, he enjoys spending timewith his wife and kid(s), all things kombucha, and nitro cold brew.

Stephen
Founder

STEPHEN
VANWINGERDEN

Stephen brings computer science and operations skills to solving problems. As a Director of Technology he built RFID solutions for asset tracking and real-time replenishment software for over $125MM in annual sales of perishable goods with major retailers. When he's not solving systems problems, he's studying the climatology and topography of places he's planning to visit.

Kevin
Founder

KEVIN
SHORT

Kevin lives and breathes all things finance. He loves to learn and can be found in a coffee shop with his wife most nights reading a book. Kevin has a broad range of experience from business architecture to SQL programming and financial modelling. Outside of work, Kevin likes to work. He's just one of those guys. The partners are actively trying to help him find a work-life balance.

Scott
Senior Developer

SCOTT
SLATTERY

What doesn't Scott do? After a career in Silicon Valley, he ventured to the rolling hills of Kentucky where he and his wife run a small family farm. When not tinkering with brain puzzles or learning a programming language, he can be found in his garage staring at the Tesla he purchased with earnings from Tesla stock while reading Elon Musk's twitter feed.

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Platform Administrator

BRAD
SLATTERY

Brad has been working in technology within the Horticulture Industry for 15+ years and IT at large for nearly double that. A sysadmin since before the Internet era, Brad brings a wealth of real-world experience. From large systems architecture in the Marine Corps, to scaling out data warehouses, he attacks IT infrastructure and DevOps with methodical excellence.

Kennedy
Software Technician

KENNEDY
KIRK

Prior to going through a coding bootcamp, Kennedy worked in the finance industry, but wanted a more dynamic and challenging job. Now she enjoys wearing many hats at Silver Fern as a software technician. When she's not solving the world's problems with her code, she's probably adventuring with her husband, or sipping on a cold brew (with lots of cream).

Cody
Senior Developer

CODY
WEBER

Cody Weber is a coder who codes on the web. (He gets that a lot.) As a self-taught developer, he is an avid learner who enjoys problem solving and building custom tech solutions. Aside from coding, Cody can be found reading classic literature, hammocking wherever he can find two trees, or trying to surf if he finds himself anywhere near a beach.

Timothy
Senior Developer

TIMOTHY
MARTENS

Timothy's penchant for research and knack for problem solving makes him a natural fit for software engineering — where he's diligently honed his skills for the last 16+ years. Curious by nature, Timothy's main hobby is starting new hobbies. When he's not programming, he can be found tending to his small flock of sheep, chickens, and beef cows with his wife and their five children.

Nathan
Client Partner

NATHAN
VANWINGERDEN

Born into a rich horticultural legacy, Nathan was potting pansies and pinching poinsettias before he could walk. With a curiosity and aptitude for supply chain management, Nathan is eager to leverage what he knows to help Silver Fern clients succeed. And, learn more about their business in the process. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys spontaneous day trips to Florida - when the swell is good - and relaxing at home with friends and family.

Katlyn
Client Partner

KATLYN
DAVIS

Katlyn comes to Silver Fern with a breadth of pertinent, professional experience. At her previous role with Valvoline, she worked in various capacities including; project management, company-wide ERP integrations, and short and long term demand planning with some of Valvoline's largest accounts. Outside of work Katlyn enjoys travel, music festivals, her dog, and reading (C.S Lewis, specifically). She is even an author herself!

Eric
Senior Developer

ERIC
WHITLOW

Eric brings over 20 years of development experience from a wide array of industries to his work. He loves to travel and is fluent in many languages. He still has trouble getting by abroad though, because all but one are programming languages. He can often be found playing with his kids and dog at nearby parks, diving into sand after a volleyball in a local league, or making far too much noise trying to learn the drums.

Chris
Director of Technology

CHRIS
CHRISTENSEN

Chris has been building solutions for teams and businesses for the past 25 years. Primarily focused on eCommerce and business-to-business solutions, Chris strives to leverage the latest technology to simplify the supply-chain. When Chris is not working, he loves to spend time with his wife, kids and being involved in his church.

William
Senior Developer

WILLIAM
BERRY

William has loved coding since childhood and is delighted to be able to earn a living at it as an adult. At work, he never backs down from a challenge and refuses to be stumped. Off work, he likes to ride his all-black beach cruiser like the wind, hang out on his friend's porch listening to vinyls, and dispense avuncular wisdom to his niece and nephews.

Isaac
Support Specialist

ISAAC
CARPENTER

A magician who has now conjured his magic into a self-taught software career. Isaac was homeschooled and hungry for knowledge, he's translating fascination into expertise. Just as illusions demand flawless dedication, Isaac's journey echoes unwavering commitment. He is a lifelong seeker of knowledge, a fitness enthusiast, and a basketball lover.

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Senior Account Executive

ERIC
MORLOCK

With extensive experience in analytics, demand planning, and supply chain management, Eric serves as both a Client Partner and consultant. With over a decade of experience in the horticulture industry, he assists partners modernize their demand planning and inventory allocation efforts. Outside work, he enjoys family time, sharing Dad jokes with his kids, and playing golf.

Silver Fern Resources

Discover more about who we are and what we do

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Adam on Middle Tech Podcast

Middle Tech is a local podcast show based right here in Lexington, Kentucky. Adam VanWingerden appeared on their show in the summer of 2020 to discuss his background & Silver Fern.

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What's going Wrong at AppHarvest?

In the episode below, Adam discusses AppHarvest's financial troubles by providing context on the horticulture industry.

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