Henry Price: Managing Partner/COO
Henry grew up in and graduated from Montgomery County High School. He grew up with a love for farming; especially cotton. After High School, Henry attended ABAC in Tifton where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in Agronomy. He then went on to UGA and graduated in 2004 with a degree in Entomology.
Henry began working for the GA Department of Agriculture in 2005 where he started as a County Extension Agent. Currently, he supervises as Lead Apiarist for the Honey Bee Program in the Plant Protection Division. Henry had hives of his own for many years prior to his current position with the Department of Ag. He, his wife Lisa and their four children maintained them and collected honey to sell locally. Once he met Heather, he combined his hive count with hers to start the business.
Along with working for the Department of Ag, Henry acts as Chief Operations Officer of VAS (Vidalia Apicultural Services). He manages the annual production calendar, the woodworking shop and overall bee production to maintain the appropriate hive counts for successful sales.
Heather Davis: Managing Partner/CFO
Heather grew up in and graduated from Vidalia High School. She attended Georgia Southern University where in 1997 she obtained an Associate Degree in Business. Shortly after, she had her first and only child. As a single, Mom she attended Southeastern Technical College and graduated in 2003 with a Computer Networking Degree. She had several jobs between 1997 and 2006; all that she loved but never really found her passion. A few of the jobs she took were, Payroll Clerk, Graphic Designer, Marketing Coordinator, Network Specialist & Website Designer. She started working for the Stanley Family in 2006 as a logistics coordinator and worked her way up to managing two of the family businesses. Managing businesses, she learned a lot about finance, budgets, projections and other management skills. Most importantly, she learned her love for agriculture; the beginning of finding her passion for apiculture. Heather ended her career with Stanley Farms in 2014 to begin focusing on the bee business. All of these combined skills, attained over the years, are how she naturally fell into the position of CFO for VAS.
The VAS Partnership
In efforts to help Stanley Farms with pollination, Heather contacted Henry to help her learn more about honey bees and apiculture. After only speaking over the phone for two years, Henry finally met with Heather in 2012. He introduced her to her first beekeeping experience, became her mentor and helped her order the first 20 nucs. With Henry’s help the hives grew to a number that could pollinate partial acreage for Stanley Farms. At the end of 2013, Stanley Farms bought over 200 hives to pollinate all of their crops for that year; with the understanding that Henry and Heather would maintain those hives. The Stanley’s quickly realized the return on their investment.
December 2014, a legal partnership was formed between Stanley Farms LLC, Henry Price and Heather Davis. The business grew offering pollination services but in 2016 started selling a few packages to help off-set expenses. In 2015, Stanley Farms sold the majority of their acreage leaving the pollination services in uncertainty. As a result, Henry and Heather decided to change the direction of the business and grow by selling more packages, nucs and queens. The business has currently grown to one of the top 3 commercial apiaries in the State.