Susan Bachman West


In June, Bachman’s tapped fifth-generation family member Susan Bachman West to succeed Paul Bachman as the Minnesota-based floral and garden store’s new president. Bachman West is also the first woman in the family to run the show, but she’s no neophyte. She started at Bachman’s as a teenager, and since joining the company full-time in 1997, has held numerous management positions, most recently as vice president of perishable merchandising and floral design. West is the great-great-granddaughter of Bachman’s founders Henry and Hattie Bachman, who started the company 131 years ago.