Personal

•Born 10/9/45

•Wife of 52 years; Nancy (Boven) Wenke, a retired nurse/Borgess Hospital

•Father;  Chris Wenke, celery farmer and park developer

•Mother:  Ann Wenke, homemaker and mother of six children

•Children:  Lisa Ambrosio and Rev. Jeff Wenke

•Six grandchildren

•Resident of Kalamazoo County (70 years)


Education

•Bachelor of Business Administration, Western Michigan University

•1963 Diploma, Kalamazoo Christian High School


Business Experience

•1954-66Worked on family celery and flower farm in Comstock, Michigan

•1968-69Manager, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts

•1968-69Licensed Realtor, State of Massachusetts

•1970Nurse Assistant, Kalamazoo State Hospital

•1971-PresentOwner, Wenke Greenhouses, Kalamazoo Michigan

•1980-PresentPartner, Michigan Grower Products, Galesburg, Michigan

•1982-PresentOwner, Sunbelt Greenhouses, Douglas, Georgia


Leadership and Service

•Kalamazoo County Commissioner eight years (three chairman)

•State Representative, six years

•Former Director, Bedding Plants International, Inc.

•Member, Community Corrections Advisory Board

•Former Deacon, Haven & North Park Reformed Churches, Member Gull Lake United Methodist Church

•Partner, Kalamazoo Flower Group

•Director, Farm Credit Services Bank (now Greenstone Farm Credit)

•Member, Kalamazoo Christian School Association Development Council

•Member, Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce

•Member, Kalamazoo County Council of Governments

•Member, Kalamazoo County Park commission

•Member, Kalamazoo County Republican Executive Committee

•Member, Kalamazoo Rotary Club

•Former President and Director Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Cooperative

•Current Member, Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Cooperative

•Director, Ohio Florists Association

•NRA member

•Learning  to Read Association

•Trustee of Horticulture Research Institute



 

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Lorence Wenke served for six years in the Michigan House of Representatives until term limits ended his tenure.  Wenke was appointed Chair of the Tax Policy Committee during his first term, Chair of the Higher Education and Career Preparation Committee during his second term, and minority vice-chair of the Labor and Retiree Healthcare Committee during his final term.


Prior to his election to the State House, Wenke was a Kalamazoo County Commissioner for eight years and served as chairman for three years.


Wenke graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High school in 1963 and attended Calvin College for two years, graduating from WMU with a business degree in 1967.


Wenke worked in the family celery and flower farm business and as a manager for Westinghouse Electric Corporation.  He also worked briefly as a licensed realtor and a nurse assistant prior to becoming the owner of Wenke Greenhouses in 1971.  In addition to owning his own greenhouse business, in 1980 he became a partner in Michigan Grower Products.  In 1982, Wenke became the owner of Sunbelt Greenhouses in Douglas, Georgia.


Today, Wenke/Sunbelt Greenhouses has six locations in two states and is one of the top 15 producers of bedding plants in the country.  Sales of over 35 million and 300 employees keep the Wenke family busy and connected to current economic issues.  Wenke/Sunbelt Greenhouses includes 60 acres of greenhouses at six locations and is the 21st largest greenhouse in the USA.


Wenke and his wife, Nancy, have been married 50 years.  They have two children, Lisa and her husband work at Wenke greenhouses and Lisa became the majority stock owner of Wenke/Sunbelt Greenhouses in 2012 and now is the CEO of the company.   Jeff Wenke is ordained in the Reformed Church in America and pastors a church in Portage, MI.  Lorence and Nancy have six grandchildren whom they enjoy very much.