Mr. Vilonen and his wife, Karen, presently own and operate Ben Brook Farm and Nursery. The
Nursery is a diversified plant material only wholesale/retail operation. It is located on
Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst where they have operated since 1978.
Mr. Vilonen has worked on planning and design projects for government, as well as in the
private sector. He has a master’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and
Environmental Design, SUNY at Buffalo. Professional activities have included site planning,
environmental analysis and assessment, grant and proposal writing, and historic preservation.
Affiliations include current chairman, Amherst Industrial Development Agency; past board
member and president of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, a national
horticultural trade association; past chairman, Amherst Conservation Advisory Council; past
chairman North Amherst Master Plan Committee; past co-chairman Amherst Open Space
Acquisition Committee; past president, current board member, North Amherst Volunteer Fire
Company; current board member Western New York Land Conservancy.