40 under 40

40 Under 40: Introducing the Class of 2020 By Tim Hodson

Now in its ninth year, GPN’s 40 Under 40 program recognizes our industry’s bright young stars.

I’d like you to meet GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020.

Over the next several pages you will have a chance to learn about 40 young professionals who will be responsible for growing the industry in the years to come. This is your opportunity to discover who they are, what they do and what makes them tick.

These 40 up-and-comers have already been making things happen and will continue to do so for many, many years. As you will see, they have the drive, passion and expertise that will propel our industry forward.

Everyone in this year’s class was nominated by one of their peers for their accomplishments both in and out of the horticulture industry. It is their exemplary leadership, creativity, compassion and innovative thinking that have moved them to the head of the class — and now it’s your turn to learn about them … and, more importantly, from them!

Click on the PDF below to meet GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2020.






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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