North Branford, CT April 13, 2020
CT Gardens announces John W. Adkins as CEO.
We are pleased to announce that John W. Atkins has joined CT Gardens, LLC (dba Smithland Supply / MyAgway) as our new Chief Executive Officer and “Head Coach” on April 5, 2020. John is a career retail executive with more than 35 years specialty retail industry experience primarily focused on serving residents of rural America.
John started his career in Store Operations with K-Mart and Bass Pro Shops. Served in progressive Merchandising and Technology roles with Tractor Supply Company and The Home Depot and later served as CEO of Mid-States Distributing Company and COO of C-A-L Ranch Stores. He has also served in technology leadership roles with The Neiman Marcus Group and most recently and as an independent consultant helping organizations streamline their business processes. John received his Masters of Business Administration at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
John, his wife of 32 years, Scarlett and son, Cole, a UNT-Denton student, currently live near Ft. Worth Texas and plan to relocate to New England later this year. John considers himself a “merchant at heart” with a passion for exceeding customer expectations and continuous improvement. Personally, John enjoys spending time with family, friends and freshwater fishing.