Todd Bachman Honored Posthumously
Todd Bachman was honored with a Special Service Award by the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association during the Northern Green Expo, held Jan. 6 to 8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Bachman had been the CEO of Bachman’s Inc., a distinguished Minnesota firm in the floral, garden center, nursery and landscape industry, until he died in summer 2008.
MNLA’s Special Service Award honors members or industry friends who have, over a long period of time, given of themselves to better the nursery and landscape industry. Bachman’s daughter, Susan Bachman West, accepted the award on behalf of the family.
“Todd exemplified the term servant leadership. For those of us who knew him well and worked with him in business or on these nonprofit boards, we have felt Todd’s loss deeply,” said outgoing MNLA President Van Cooley. “His quiet leadership produced a steady stream of results and progress for the organizations for which he volunteered.”
Bachman was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Throughout his career, he held leadership positions with the Society of American Florists, American Floral Endowment, North Central Florists Association, Widmer Research & Education Fund, Minnesota Commercial Flower Growers Association and MNLA Foundation. He and his wife, Barbara, created the Todd and Barbara Bachman Endowed Chair in Horticultural Marketing at the University of Minnesota, the first position of its kind in the country.
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