Mar 9, 2018
AIB Announces New Officers, Board Members

America in Bloom recently announced the election of new board members and officers following its annual meeting.

John Manchester, Lewisburg, West Virginia, was elected president of the board. Leslie Pittenger, Belpre, Ohio City, and Tony Ferrara of Arroyo Consulting Group, were elected first and second vice presidents, respectively.

Dr. Marvin Miller, Ball Horticultural Co., was elected treasurer, and Dr. Jack Clasen was elected secretary. Katy Moss Warner, president emeritus of the American Horticultural Society, serves as the past president.

Mason Day of GrowIt Mobile and Bob Lund of Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association were elected as new board members, while Dr. Charlie Hall of Texas A&M University and Delilah Onofrey of Suntory were appointed as special advisors to the board.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mason Day and Bob Lund to our board of directors,” said Manchester. “AIB has exciting new programs and initiatives underway, so having the expertise and proven leadership of these two leaders will help us to position the organization for continued growth.”

Day is co-founder of the mobile platform GrowIt! that helps consumers purchase the right plants for the right location. He has a background in emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, social media, digital strategy and marketing to millennials.

Lund is CEO of the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association. He created the Arroyo Grande in Bloom organization and served as its coordinator for more than a decade.

Others members of the board of directors include:

  • Tony Abruscato, Flower Show Productions
  • Bobby Barnitz, Bob’s Market & Greenhouse
  • Drew Becher, San Francisco Parks Alliance
  • Linda Cromer
  • Marshall Dirks, Proven Winners
  • Linda Hart, Holland Visitors Bureau
  • Walter Heath
  • Diana Weiner, Gerry Foundation

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