Nov 4, 2020
The Search is On for the Class of 2021 By Tim Hodson

It’s hard to believe but GPN’s 40 Under 40 program will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2021. Over the past nine years we have recognized 360 individuals under the age of 40 who are propelling our industry into the future.

These up-and-comers have been and are continuing to make things happen in the horticulture industry. They have the drive, passion and expertise that will continue to move our industry forward for many years to come.

Now it is time to find the Class of 2021, and we need your help.

Do you know someone who you think should be a member of next year’s class?

We are looking for 40 men and women who are trailblazers in their personal and professional lives. They demonstrate superior leadership, creativity, compassion and innovative thinking.

We will recognize this year’s class in the May 2021 issue of GPN.

Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 (as of Jan. 31, 2021) can be nominated for the Class of 2021. Individuals previously nominated, but who did not make the final 40, can be nominated again this year.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 22, 2021.

If you have additional questions about GPN’s 40 Under 40, please contact me at [email protected].

— Tim


Lowe’s Staffs Up, Adds More Bonuses

On Oct. 30, Lowe’s announced it will hire 20,000 associates across its U.S. stores and regional distribution centers to support customer demand this holiday season. The company also announced it had committed another $100 million in discretionary bonuses to thank front-line hourly associates and support their families during the holiday season. Hourly associates at U.S. stores, distribution centers and call centers will receive the bonus on Nov. 13. Full-time hourly associates will receive $300, and part-time and seasonal associates will receive $150.

Home Depot to Introduce At-Home Learning Resources for Kids

The Home Depot has launched a new educational video series, Virtual Field Trips, that will be added to its digital DIY workshops library, where Home Depot suppliers provide kid-friendly, behind-the-scenes tours and insight into how products come to life. “Learning looks significantly different this year as parents search for new ways to teach and entertain at home,” says Lisa DeStefano, vice president. “Our Virtual Field Trips provide fun, exclusive tours, curated specifically for young doers. From plant genetics to supply chain, we’ve broken down these stages into creative, interactive, digestible videos with accompanying DIY projects that bring the excitement of traditional field trips to family households.” The program begins this month with Bonnie Plants and Back to the Roots.

Tractor Supply Receives Great Places to Work Certification

Tractor Supply Co. recently announced it has been Great Place to Work-Certified. The 2020 Certification, which is valid from October 2020 to October 2021, marks the first time the company has been recognized by Great Place to Work. To be certified, Great Place to Work evaluates employee feedback from an independent survey and a culture brief that recaps how a company is caring for employees. Using Great Place to Work’s rigorous, data-driven methodology, the certification confirms that at least seven out of 10 employees have a consistently positive experience at the designated company.

Tim Hodson

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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.
Erica Hernandez
Emma Lookabaugh
Melissa Maguire
Cole Mangum
Oz Marshall
Meagan Nace
Tiffany Nohl
Chris Plane
Mike Prol

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