Gail Vanik '81

Gail Vanik '81

Gail Vanik ’81 (Dolores, Colo.) co-owns a greenhouse and nursery that was named Today’s Garden Center’s Revolutionary 100 national winner.

“The award is not based on the size of the business, nor sales, but instead on the interesting, unique and revolutionary things that you are doing within your business,” she said.

Gail credits her degree in English and minor in International Relations from York College for the customer service that helped her and her husband achieve this honor at Four Seasons Greenhouse and Nursery.

“My International Relations minor taught me how to deal with people of all kinds, which when working in retail, is very important,” she said.

Also, when Gail was a student at York, Professor Gerald Siegel showed her that with a solid English background, you could pretty much write anything.

“We constantly use social media to better serve our customers,” she said. “We started a campaign using Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Pinterest to connect.”

Gail, who went to graduate school for International Relations and “held her own” against degrees from Ivy League schools, reminds students to keep an open mind when it comes to deciding on a career.

“You never know where the road will take you,” she said. “Try as many things as you can while you are in school, whether they come in the form of internships, co-ops or other on- or off-campus opportunities.”

Written by Erinn Bell '14, Office of Communications intern

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