A 20 year beekeeper and retired businessman, Greg and his wife Shelly, are the owners of Ozark Bee Supply (www.ozarkbees.com) in Tulsa, OK and operate around 150 hives. Greg is also one of the largest nuc producers in Oklahoma.
As a speaker, Greg Hannaford has a unique way of cutting through the hype and getting down to the basic principles of bees.
A frequent speaker at the Serious Sideliner Symposium at the American Beekeeping Federation, Greg generally focuses on marketing and economics, which is just a fancy way of saying “making the most income possible”. But by far, most of his work is at the local level teaching hobby beekeepers to be better, more intuitive beekeepers.
Blake and his wife, Kathleen, are the owners of Desert Creek Honey Company (www.DesertCreekHoney.com) and operate more than 2,000 hives in Texas, California and North Dakota. Blake is past president and vice president of a local beekeeping association in Texas, is a director for the American Beekeeping Federation and is the President for the Texas Beekeepers Association. When he’s not working bees, he has had the privilege of speaking at local, state, national and international beekeeping conventions promoting beekeeping. He has also written and contributed content for national beekeeping magazines. Blake began his business in 2004 at age 14, and still packages and markets a wide variety of honey, and honey products online and throughout Texas.
Phil served as the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture’s State Apiarist from 1999 through 2011. He is a graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio (BA in biology), and the University of Kentucky (BS in civil engineering). He is a past president and past chairman of the Heartland Apicultural Society, past program chairman of Eastern Apicultural Society, and past president of the Apiary Inspectors of America. A native of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, he now lives out in the sticks in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky near Lexington with his family, a very old dog, and some bee hives.
Phil was recently named to the position of U.S. technical advisor for the Véto-pharma’s Apivar® honeybee miticide product line. Véto-pharma S.A. is a French veterinary pharmaceutical company specializing in honey bee health.
You can learn more about Phil on his website at www.PhilCraftHiveCraft.com.