Feb 3, 2021
AmericanHort Accepting Nomination for ’21 Board of Directors By Tim Hodson

AmericanHort’s board of directors is now accepting nominations for the 2021 board of directors. Applications will be accepted until Feb. 19 from AmericanHort members interested in being nominated for the AmericanHort board of directors’ 2021 election. Elections will take place in March.

“We welcome industry members who will help us strategically prepare the association to best meet industry needs now and into 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 Tom Hughes, board chairman. “I have learned a lot from being involved from being on the AmericanHort board the past three plus years. My experience as a nurseryman and landscaper has been beneficial to the organization as we continue to grow and enhance the association’s service to the industry.”

In addition to Tom Hughes of Hughes Nursery and Landscaping LLC, who serves as board chairman, nominating committee members, are Ken Fisher, AmericanHort; Cole Mangum, Bell Nursery USA, is vice chairman; Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Raker Roberta’s Young Plants, is immediate past chairman; and J. Harvey Cotten Jr. is treasurer.

For more details or to access the nomination form, visit AmericanHort.org/elections, or contact immediate past chairman of the board, Susie Raker-Zimmerman at [email protected] or contact AmericanHort at 614.487.1117.

— Tim


Lowe’s Stocks Up on Employees for Spring Season, Adds to Bonus Program

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Walmart Expand, Rebrands Its Media Business

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Home Depot to Opens New Distribution Center in Dallas

Home Depot has opened a new distribution center in Dallas to fulfill online orders and store orders. The 1.5 million square-foot distribution center is designed to meet customers’ delivery needs through multiple channels, whether delivering items directly to customers’ homes or for pickup at local stores. The facility is part of the company’s $1.2 billion investment to expand its national distribution and delivery network and is expected to create approximately 1,500 new jobs in the region by the end of this year.



Tim Hodson

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

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