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Chris Butts

Department: Executive Director
Title: Executive Director
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Phone: 706-540-2813

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Chris Butts joined our GGIA Staff in November 2008 as our Director of Legislative, Environmental & Public Affairs person. Chris is a lifelong member of the Green Industry and served in several volunteer capacities with the GGIA Board for several years before his appointment as Director of Legislative, Environmental and Public Affairs.

Butts' family operated an independent retail garden center in Athens for almost 40 years. This first hand experience gives Butts a unique and qualified perspective with regards to the issues facing the green industry. A Speech Communication Major at the University of Georgia, butts chose to gain experience in other industries including building products and banking before returning to the family business and the green industry in 2000.

In his time at Charman Flowers in Athens, Butts was chosen to receive the GGIA Distinguished Young Professional Award in 2005, served as President of the Retail Division in 2006 and as GGIA's Executive Treasurer in 2006-2007. In addition, Butts served for four years on the Athens Clarke County Water Conservation Committee and served as the GGIA representative to the Urban Agriculture Council and served that organization as Secretary-Treasurer in 2007-2008.

In 2015, Chris Butts was asked to serve as Interim Director for the Association when Sherry Morris resigned from the Executive Director position after 28 years.

On August 18, 2015 Chris Butts was selected by the Board of Directors to serve as GGIA's Executive Director. GGIA Chairman, Gray Riner sites that Chris's history with the organization and performance while filling the role as Interim Director made him the top choice of a search committee charged with finding the next leader for the association. "We are glad to have Chris on our team and are confident that he will continue the fine work he has already done for our Association."
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