Sue Amatangelo brings a well-rounded background to America in Bloom which includes the position of Eastern US and Canada Sales Manager for EuroAmerican Propagators, founder of the #1 plant brand Proven Winners, the Brand Manager with Park Seed, a division of JPPA which includes Jackson & Perkins, Wayside Gardens and Van Dyke’s Restorers, and the National Retail Accounts Manager for the Ball Horticultural Company creating annual and perennial programs for major retailers and growers in the US and Canada. In 2010 Sue accepted the position of Director for Home & Garden Showplace, the independent garden center division of the True Value Company working closely with independent garden centers in the US and Canada. Sue has been a Plan Commissioner for the city of St. Charles, Illinois and sat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. She was a Horticulture Superintendent for the Kane County, Illinois, Fair, a past board member of the Garden Centers of America and the University of Illinois Kane County Council, and won the Illinois Outstanding Master Gardener Award. Sue is the author of Absolutely Beautiful Containers and is an active speaker with a particular passion to get consumers engaged and excited about gardening. She has been a guest on radio shows including Martha Stewart, a writer for both industry and consumer magazines and a guest speaker for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Sue is a recipe tester for America’s Test Kitchen, Cooks Country, and Cook’s Illustrated and is a certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach. She loves to golf, is the President of the Reserve Club Women’s Golf Association and has worked for Augusta National’s prestigious Masters Tournament. An America in Bloom judge since 2010, and a Board member since 2023, Sue helped to bring her own community of St. Charles, IL and Greenwood, SC into the AIB program.