President and Founder, Planterra in West Bloomfield. Pliska has built Planterra into a plant design company responsible for plant arrangements in commercial buildings such as the Renaissance Center, Henry Ford Health System hospitals, and several major office buildings in metro Detroit. Recently, Planterra opened a retail store as part of a $3 million investment in West Bloomfield Township with such new features as a 23,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse with a weather monitoring system that automatically adjusts vents and shades to keep plants at the required temperatures. Pliska has developed the company over 30 years and imbued a culture of bringing people and nature closer together. He oversees all activities related to plant purchases and has 30-year relationships with breeders and growers. His stock of thousands of plants includes rare orchids, cacti, and plant species not typically found in Michigan. Recently, the company won two national design-build awards from Plantscape Industry Alliance for the indoor healing gardens at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield. Interiorscape
magazine also highlighted them as a national 2010 Best Project. In 2009, Planterra won the 2009 Going Green Award from Corp!
magazine for its development of TerraScreen, a living wall system for building interiors, in addition to Planterra’s ongoing efforts in recycling rain water, reducing waste, and embracing new green technologies. Pliska is active in the Detroit Food and Wine Society, where he served as president for two years. Prior to founding Planterra, he was a draftsman for General Motors. In the early 1970s, he also managed Pots and Plants, a retail plant store in downtown Birmingham.