If ever asked, “Why save plants?” Andy Love waxes eloquent about the self-evident importance of plant conservation for human well-being. A stalwart conservationist, Andy has served on the CPC Board of Trustees managing our investments and personally supporting plant sponsorships for more than two decades. He understands the resources PIs devote to steward rare plants. Desiring to do more, Andy recently inspired us to introduce new premium levels of sponsorship. Our National Collection plants, PIs, and the National Office all benefit from Andy’s devotion to CPC.
“Our Foundation found the idea of fully sponsoring all of the Missouri rare plants appealing. Our Foundation focuses on Missouri flora (as well as fauna). We appreciate that plant sponsorship provides an immediate benefit to the sponsored plants and their host institutions (in our case mostly Missouri Botanical Garden). As funds from sponsorships and their earnings grow over time, they contribute to the more general plant conservation work of the CPC for both the particular sponsored plants as well as for all of the endangered species in the National Collection.” – Andy Love
Mr. Love was Chairman, Co-CEO and a principal owner of Love Savings Holding Company prior to the merger of it and its subsidiaries, Heartland Bank and Love Funding Corporation, with Midland States Bancorp. He is currently Chairman and Co-CEO of Hallmark Investment Corporation and a manager of its subsidiary, Allegro Senior Living, LLC. Mr. Love has over 40 years of experience in real estate and finance. Formerly, he was a partner at the St. Louis law firm of Bryan, Cave, McPheeters, and McRoberts. He has served as a board member of many charitable organizations, including the St. Louis Symphony Society, St. Louis Country Day School, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, the Missouri Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Webster University, the Edward K. Love Conservation Foundation and the Martha Love Symington Charitable Foundation / Love Family Charitable Trust. Mr. Love received an A.B. degree from Harvard College and an LL.B. degree from the Harvard Law School.