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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

J.D. Fleming

Owner

Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms LLC

J.D. Fleming is a second generation Christmas tree farmer who, along with his wife Cindy, operates Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms in Indiana County, Pa.

The business was started in 1945 by Arthur Roy Fleming. In 1976, J.D. and his three brothers became partners with their father in the business. In 1982, Roy and J.D. purchased the other partners share. In 2001, Roy sold his share of the business to his son, Randy. J.D. became sole owner in 2012 by buying out Randy. The farm has transitioned from being a wholesale operation to one of the top retail choose-and-cut farms in western Pennsylvania.

Fleming has been involved in many business-related organizations. He also held many leadership positions including: President of Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association, president of Penn State Extension of Indiana County, member of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Labor & Safety Committee and member of the Trees for Troops Day Committee.

When Fleming donates his time to community activities like the Trees for Troops day or the YMCA Turkey Trot, he makes sure to recruit local youths and let them assist in leadership roles.

“The hidden potential of Indiana County is the number of youth in the business sector. I believe that Indiana County young professional and business owners possess many leadership skills that can be utilized. We must encourage the youth to get involved in community activities by showing them the benefits and results of their involvement,” he said.

In his spare time, Fleming likes traveling, sports, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family. J.D. and Cindy have 3 children and 2 grandchildren.

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