|Industry Awards at WinterGreen|
For Immediate Release
October 26, 2015
GGIA Recognizes Industry Leaders for Their Impact on the Green Industry in Georgia
The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) recently recognized several green industry leaders for the work they have done on behalf of the industry in Georgia. GGIA annually presents awards for work done that promotes the industry, for outstanding education and communication efforts, lifetime achievement and those who have given unselfishly to advance horticulture in the state.
This year’s winners included:
The Jake Tinga Distinguished Young Professional Award was presented to Jeff Fischer of FIS Outdoors.
The Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional Award was presented to Brian Jerningan of McCorkle Nurseries.
The Communicator of the Year Award was presented to Matthew Chappell from The University of Georgia-College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Horticulture Department.
The Educator of the Year Award was presented to Todd Hurt from The University of Georgia
College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences- Office of the Associate Dean for Extension.
The Environmental Friend of the Industry Award was presented to Clark Howard- Atlanta Radio Personality.
The Vivian Munday, Buck Jones Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Scott Angle, Former Dean of the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences who is now with the International Fertilizer Development Center.
We will recognize these winners again at GGIA's WinterGreen Tradeshow & Conference on January 27-29, 2016.
The Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) is a statewide trade association whose mission is to promote and advance the economic, lifestyle and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture for our members, our families and our communities. Through education, legislative monitoring, certification exams, trade shows, and conferences to the horticulture-related industries in the State, the GGIA is deeply rooted in the industry and continues to grow for the betterment of the industry’s future. With members from the landscape trade, irrigation contractors, wholesale nursery growers, greenhouse operators, retail garden centers and allied sales companies, GGIA serves as an umbrella association for the entire horticulture industry.
Description of the categories:
Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional of the Year: An annual award given to the professional who contributed the most to the advancement of the industry in Georgia.
Jake Tinga Young Professional of the Year: This award is given for outstanding success in the field of environmental horticulture and is offered as an inspiration to others starting out in the field. The candidate must be under 35 years of age or been involved in the industry for less than ten years.
Educator of the Year: Educator of the Year honors the individual who made an outstanding contribution to ornamental horticultural research and promotion of the industry through academic endeavors.
Environmental Friend of the Industry: This award honors an individual outside of the horticulture industry who endeavors to promote the industry.
Communicator of the Year: Honoring an individual who best served the horticulture industry in Georgia through the media.
Vivian Munday/Buck Jones Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award: Honors an individual for a lifetime of achievement and contributions to the industry.