Feb 5, 2020
Calling All Board Nominees By Tim Hodson

AmericanHort is now accepting nominations for its board of directors.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 21 from AmericanHort members interested in being nominated for its board of directors’ election that will take place March 9 to April 3.

“We welcome industry members who will help us strategically prepare the association to best meet industry needs in the future,” said Ken Fisher, CEO and president of AmericanHort. “We are grateful for those who have served in this volunteer capacity helping to make AmericanHort the organization we are today.”

“Serving on the AmericanHort board of directors is a rewarding way to give back to the industry and help shape the future,” said Susie Raker-Zimmerman, board chairwoman. “I have learned a lot from being involved with OFA, the preceding organization, and from being on the AmericanHort board the past five years. I believe my experience as a young plant grower has been beneficial to the organization as we continue to grow and enhance the association’s service to the industry.”

Only owners and employees of Class A member companies or Class B Members (individuals engaged in academic studies or employed in the horticulture industry) may submit an application for nomination to the board.

Once the slate of nominees is presented by the board leadership committee, the voting period will open to AmericanHort member companies on March 9. Voting will close on April 3, 2020.

For additional information, please visit AmericanHort.org/elections, or contact the immediate past chairman of the board, Mike Klopmeyer at [email protected] or contact the AmericanHort office at 614.487.1117.

— Tim


Walmart Donates $5 Million to Help Promote Diversity

Last week. Walmart said it would be presenting a $5 million grant to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. Walmart’s support of NMAAHC is a part of the company’s continued commitment to advance causes that promote diversity and inclusion. The grant will benefit the visitor services programs, corporate leadership council and other areas including collections and acquisitions, scholarship and research, education and public programs, exhibitions and emerging technologies. This grant is the second donation Walmart has made to support the museum’s initiatives, with the first $5 million donated in 2010 to support the design and construction of the facility.

Lowe’s Names New Canadian Head

On Jan. 28, Lowe’s announced that Anthony T. (Tony) Hurst has been appointed president, Lowe’s Canada, pending work authorization which is expected this month. He will report to Marvin Ellison, president and CEO, and will be based in Boucherville, Quebec. Hurst most recently served as Lowe’s senior vice president of enterprise and strategy transformation, and also held the position of Lowe’s division president for the West region. Before joining Lowe’s Companies, Hurst served in leadership roles at J.C. Penney Co. and the Home Depot.

Home Depot Makes Environmental ‘A’ List

The Home Depot has been recognized as a global leader on corporate climate action for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact and build a more sustainable future for consumers and their homes. CDP, an environmental impact non-profit, named the retailer to its Climate Change “A List” for its actions to cut carbon emissions and mitigate climate risks. The company has reduced absolute carbon emissions by over 3 million metric tons since 2009. The company also set science-based targets in 2018 to achieve a 40 percent reduction in its carbon emissions by 2030 and a 50 percent reduction by 2035.

Tim Hodson

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

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