Pike Nurseries is mourning the passing of its founder William “Pete” Pike.
A native of Hogansville, Georgia, the entrepreneur started Pike Nurseries in 1958. He began with three employees in a 200-square-foot location on Highway 41 in Marietta. Today, the company has 500 employees in peak seasons and 18 retail stores in the metro Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, areas, including two in Buckhead. Monte Enright, the current CEO of Pike Nurseries and Armstrong Garden Centers, had known Pike since 1990 and calls him “an icon in the lawn and garden industry.”
Publisher & Founder
Joanne Hayes is a 24-year veteran of the publishing industry, having worked for 12 years as an Account Executive for an award-winning Journal Register Company newspaper group, Southern Rhode Island Newspapers, and 3 years as the Marketing Director of SO Rhode Island, a publication of the award-winning magazine company Providence Media, prior to her move to Atlanta in 2009.
Simply Buckhead Magazine was conceived by her company, ValueStream Media Group, and began publication in 2010, with Joanne at the helm as Publisher and Founder. The publication quickly became the “must-read” publication for people who live, work, shop, dine, entertain, travel, have families, homes, and pets and participate in philanthropic efforts, and has literally been read online all over the world. Atlanta Pet Life, Atlanta’s premier quarterly pet lifestyle magazine, was acquired in 2018 to add to their portfolio. Joanne is proud to have two regional Atlanta publications serving the most dynamic in-town market.
ValueStream Media Group is a media partner and sponsor to CURE Childhood Cancer, No Kid Hungry, Bert’s Big Adventure, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, The Nsoro Foundation and Joanne serves as a Board Member for the Doggies on the Catwalk Foundation.