May 21, 2015
Check Out This ListBy Tim Hodson

The list is out!

Have you seen it yet?

I’m talking about the Class of 2015 of GPN’s 40 Under 40.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, turn to page 12 of your May issue of GPN to read about 25 men and 15 women who make up this year’s class.

This year’s class represents all facets of the horticulture industry, but they all have one thing in common – they are the pioneers for the future of our industry!

If your May issue isn’t handy, here’s a link to the digital edition. You can also read about this year’s class on the 40 Under 40 page on

You will have chance to meet many of these men and women in July at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio.

On Monday, July 13, I will be hosting a special Mix ‘n Mingle session at the Columbus Convention Center where members of this year’s class will be on hand for you and you will have an opportunity to learn more about what makes these individuals tick.

If you are planning on attending Cultivate’15, you’ll want to be at this session.

I hope to see you there.

– Tim

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Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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