Teri is the planner, manager of events and the creative force behind Buena Vista Farms, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana in Industrial Management, and a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation from college, Teri left for Pittsburgh, Pa, and was the first woman to sell valves for pipelines and power plants, traveling to the Carolinas, California, Texas and everywhere in between. Teri then moved to Chicagoland where she married her college sweetheart, Nestor, and worked as an Industrial Engineer, for Baxter Travenol. There she worked to improve efficiency in assembly line work for diagnostic laboratory test kits. Next the couple moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, near her home Anderson, Indiana. Teri supervised assembly workers at RCA for television components.
Teri and Nestor finally settled in Jacksonville, Illinois. Teri was the first female process engineer that Mobil Chemical had hired. She was responsible for bidding new machinery, coordinating the trades during installation and training operators and maintenance for new assembly operations. With the birth of their second child, Teri left her career to stay home with the children, a third child was soon to be added. In their spare time the couple restored a country home and acreage that was built in 1856.
Teri was brave to move to Bolivia, South America, to follow Nestor’s exciting new venture with three small children in hand. They bought a cattle ranch and restored the rustic home on the property, while home schooling the three children. This was an interesting move, and proved positive for the children to learn Spanish, and understand a new culture. They maintained their home in Jacksonville during the three years that the family lived in South America.
Technical thinking from education, combined with broad perspective from living outside her home culture, and travel brings an interesting perspective to her work with brides and events. She is devoted to making each event unique, well planned, stress free and fun!
Nestor was born in Havana, Cuba and fled during the Castro regime to Miami, Florida. His family moved to Indiana as part of a special program for professionals to become Spanish teachers. He graduated from Purdue University in Agricultural Economics. He is the visionary and true entrepreneurial spirit. He is “the idea man” with a big vision and the remarkable energy to carry out the creative and the unexpected. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Central and South America and has a wide understanding of cultures. He sees the lay of the land and the opportunity to develop it. He is the building force, the energy of the large scale project to develop the 145 acres. Each year Nestor adds assets to the property: The Tent and asphalt in 2010, a second pond and excavation in 2011, and luxury cabins to come in 2012.
Nestor first worked for CF Industries in Lake Zurich, Illinois, coordinating import of fertilizer components. From there, he was recruited to Eli Lilly, Elanco Division, in Indianapolis, Indiana selling crop chemicals. He was sent to Jacksonville, Illinois to develop a sales territory, winning many honors for Elanco, now merged with Dow. His first idea for self employment was U-Lock-It Mini Storage and he worked to build the facility with two partner couples. It was sold when he moved the family to Bolivia, South America, to form a new environmental restoration company for the oil industry.
Nestor thoroughly enjoyed being back in the Spanish culture, and having his family learn of things similar to his Cuban home. Nestor continued to travel every other month to Bolivia for 6 more years. When Nestor retired from his travels and closed his environmental company, he had a vision for a farm that was coming up for auction in 2000, right along US Highway 67 that was in legislative planning.
Nestor and Teri have devoted their energy, talents and wide experiences to bring Buena Vista Farms, Inc. to Jacksonville, their home. There is nothing quite like Buena Vista Farms, Inc. in the Midwest and the vision is still developing on these 145 acres of lakes, cropland, woods, Mauvistare Creek bottoms and pasture.
Their youngest child, Nestor Vincent, has joined them in the expansion of a camp ground and log cabin lodging on the 145 acre site. He lives in the Grain Bin! Vincent has completed an associates business degree, after service in the Air Force. His mechanical ability and problem solving ability are assets to the day to day operation at Buena Vista Farms. His years as a Boy Scout have led him to a love of the outdoors. He shares a passion for hunting with his dad. He bow hunts for deer and turkey and also duck and goose hunts. You may find Vincent underneath a machine, keeping it maintained and in great working order, or behind the bar, whipping up a drink for guests. He is personable and knowledgeable, and is capable of taking charge in many areas. Vincent is fluent in Spanish and has traveled in Central and South America. He loves scuba diving and the beach, so we find him always planning an escape route!
Dick is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, just ask him about it! He is the ace machinery operator that keeps our grounds, driveways and woods honed to perfection. You will find him in the resort, checking on everything……from visiting with guests, to following up on the little details that make our resort clean, orderly and top notch. He enjoys woodworking and the wishing well is his creation. With many creative ideas and the know how to get things done, he is a great asset to all of the operations from the Resort to the Events and the Property Maintenance. Cynde, his wife, is behind the scenes, always helpful and willing but has a more than full time job in Management of a local corporation.
Debbie comes to Jacksonville via Pennsylvania, her birthplace, and New York more recently. She has had her own retail stores in several locations and was the Volunteer who ran the Passavant Hospital Gift shop in 2011, making the top profit ever recorded! She has skill in silk floral arrangements, woodworking and sewing. Her husband, Bill, is an engineer with Reynolds, who’s career has lead the family to many locations. Debbie has gained insight and adapted to each location with grace; getting involved in each community making friends, setting up shop and digging in. She loves gardening and flowers, so we have the great benefit of her green thumb and eye for style. You may find fresh picked flowers greeting you or incorporate some pickings in your decorations. It is Debbie’s hard work weeding, transplanting, trimming and planning of the gardens that adds beauty to our venues.
As Teri’s right hand, she does it all. Debbie is also skilled in wedding planning and has the benefit of being involved in her son’s wedding planning. She may introduce you to our venue, or be your day of event coordinator. Most decorating is done mid week with Debbie’s touch, just as each event host specifies.
Ask her about her grandsons!
Michael came to work for us while still in high school. He is now attending Illinois College pursuing degrees in Math and Physics with a minor in computer science. He plans to attend U of I to complete a masters degree in engineering. We hope to have him for one more year. Michael is the man behind the scenes; from determining room arrangement, setting up and cleaning chairs, to directing traffic, restocking the bar and problem solving for any last minute surprises. Michael works all week to make sure your event is flawless and stress free. We are so fortunate to have the benefit of Michael’s their energy, talent and experience!
We first met Jennifer as a bridesmaid at our facility. She became our bartender right away and can whip up something delicious in your event color theme. She has also been bride at our facility, so has a unique point of view! Jennifer makes flower girl dresses and accessories in her own store. Jennifer will put her experiences to work this year, meeting with brides, assisting them with planning and day of event coordination. She is energetic and very professional, a hard worker, and capable of wearing many hats. She is an attorney by education, and recently began a new venture opening her own law office. We feel fortunate to have her as part of our team.
As her children started in school, Betsy, our daughter, wants to join our adventure and support the family business how ever she can. She helps in many areas, at events when needed or behind the scenes. In addition, she keeps our Cabins and Lodge clean, neat and well stocked. Betsy’s forte is waiting hand and foot on our brides and grooms, like a personal assistant with a bottle of water at the ready for you. Betsy coordinates the floor at our events, cutting the cake, keeping track of the time table and keeping all of the vendors informed and at the ready!
Kyle is the energizer bunny at our events. He is there to guide parking and then keeps the tables clean and tidy, serving the bridal party and stays on top of the event happenings. He is stocking, cleaning and assisting in every corner. You may find Kyle painting or landscaping mid week. We hope that he stays with us for many years!
These young ladies are the servant hearts, who keep things clean and neat and attend to all of our events. We would not want to host an event without them. They are the wow factor that sets our events apart from all others. Thank you all for your willingness to help!
Ruger, still the pup, is a huge chocolate Lab and occupies the grain bin apartment at Vincent’s side. Our seasonal campers are part of our team, weeding flower beds or out for a walk as greeters to all who pass by. Be sure to stop and visit and look for a campfire or two come evening.