Money Q&A - Chris Snavely

January 13, 2003


Co-owner, Snavely's Garden Corner Inc. in Chambersburg, Pa., and north of Hagerstown.

Chairman, Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Chairman, Chambersburg Shade Tree Commission.

Board member, Chambersburg Hospital.

Board member, Caledonia Theatre Company.

Board member, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation.

Born: June 23, 1948

Family: Wife, Celeste; children: Emily, 27, and Joe, 26.

Education: North Hagerstown High School, Class of '66. Earned a bachelor's degree in ornamental horticulture from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Mentor: "The gentleman's name is Fred Mummert, who was a career nurseryman and superb volunteer for the industry."

Favorite part of your job: "I still very much enjoy diagnosing or solving plant and pest problems."

Least favorite part of your job: "Some of the details of business."

Biggest challenge of your job: "The details of business."

Fantasy job: "A scuba diving instructor."

Favorite music: Harry Chapin.

What he drives: Chevy Trailblazer.

Last book read: "The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars" by Joel Glenn Brenner.

Last movie seen: "Road to Perdition."

Favorite TV show: "The West Wing."

Hobbies: Gardening.

What was your first job? Mowing lawns at 12 or 13 years old. "The first real job where I was drawing a paycheck, I was a paper boy. Then I worked at Leaman's Seed Store in Hagerstown" at age 15 or 16.

Favorite quote: "I often refer to the Serenity Prayer."

If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman. "Both of them are men that I would have been curious to have met. Both were outstanding leaders."

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