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Brian Meagher, the new vice president of Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, CA, has announced that Steve Dodge, formerly with Ocean View Flowers and Kendal Floral Supply, has joined the Gallup & Stribling staff as vice president of sales. The announcement was made in a Nov. 16 news release.

Mr. Dodge had been director of business development and prior to that head of mass market sales at Ocean View in Lompoc, CA. He started his career at Kendal Floral. Mr. Dodge serves on the Floral Council of the Produce Marketing Association.

“Steve will be bringing his enthusiasm and years of sales experience as he explores new concepts for the growth of the company’s sales,” Mr. Meagher said in announcing the appointment. “With Steve as new vice president of sales we are looking forward to a dynamic and innovative year.”

Victor Schaff, owner of S&S Seeds Inc. in Carpinteria, bought Gallup & Stribling Oct. 12 and announced Mr. Meagher’s appointment soon thereafter as one of his first acts. Gallup & Stribling specializes in cymbidium orchids sold as potted plants and cut flowers, and also operates a breeding laboratory. The facilities in Carpinteria occupy 21 acres along the ocean coast and encompass more than 700,000 square feet of greenhouse space.