40 Under 40 — It’s Your Turn By Tim Hodson

It’s that time of year. Time to begin nominating people for GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2019.

We are looking for the latest crop of bright young superstars in the horticulture industry to join our previous eight classes. This is your opportunity to tell us about those young professionals who you think deserve special recognition for their accomplishments — in the industry and in their personal lives.

All of the members of GPN’s 40 Under 40 are nominated by their peers, so we are counting on individuals like you to tell us about those young men and women and what they are doing and why you think they belong in the Class of 2019.

We want to tell the horticulture world who they are and why they are exceptional. They should definitely be on everyone’s radar because these individuals will have a major influence on our industry (and your business) this year, next year and for many years to come.

This is the ninth year that GPN has recognized the next generation of the horticulture industry. Our previous classes are made up of an exemplary group of young men and women who are making substantial strides to continually move our industry forward and enhance its future.

It has been an honor and a privilege to connect with the previous 280 young movers and shakers and watch their careers progress.

Now it is time to recognize the next 40. It’s your turn to tell us who belongs in the Class of 2019.


Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 (as of Jan. 31, 2019) is eligible to be nominated. GPN’s 40 Under 40 represents the entire spectrum of our industry — growers, garden center retailers, breeders, researchers, marketers, academics and so many more — so please let us know who you think should be a member of our next class and why.

All you have to do to nominate someone is go to www.gpnmag.com/40-under-40-nomination and fill out the online form.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 21, 2019.

If you know someone who was previously nominated but was not selected in prior years, they can be renominated for the Class of 2019 as long as they have not yet turned 40.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, you can contact me at [email protected]

We will unveil the Class of 2019 next May in the pages of GPN and during a special reception at Cultivate’19 in July in Columbus, Ohio — so stay tuned!

Tim Hodson

— Tim

Tim Hodson

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

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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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