Jack Sustic’s interest in bonsai began in the mid 1980’s while serving in the Military in South Korea. In 1996 Jack was selected as the first intern at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC and in 2002 was appointed Museum Curator, retiring in November of 2016. He has received formal bonsai training from masters in both the United States and Japan. In 2005 one of his trees was selected as an International winner in the World Bonsai Friendship Federation (WBFF) photo contest and his trees have been exhibited in numerous local and national bonsai exhibitions. A member of several bonsai and viewing stone organizations he is an honorary member of Nanpu Kai, a study group comprised of bonsai master John Naka’s students. He served as co-chair of the 5th World Bonsai Convention in 2005 and Co-President of the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), currently serving as the World Bonsai Friendship Federation North American Regional Director and President of the North American Bonsai Federation (NABF). Jack keeps busy maintaining his own bonsai collection in his home state of Michigan.
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