FNGLA Eric Smith

Jul 12, 2022
BioSafe’s Smith Takes the Helm at FNGLA

Eric Smith, BioSafe System’s sales manager for the horticulture division, is the new president of the Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscape Association (FNGLA), effective July 1. Formal installation took place at FNGLA’s Annual Convention in Orlando. The event includes passing the torch, or in this case, passing the “big shoes” from the former president, Sarah Spatola, of Ecologel Solutions, LLC, to Smith. This particular year also celebrated the 24-year tenure and retirement of FNGLA’s CEO, Ben Bolusky.

“I’m very excited to be taking on this role in a new era for FNGLA and working with our new CEO Tal Coley,” Smith said.

Smith has been an active member of the FNGLA since 2008, having served at different levels of leadership in three separate chapters (Frontrunners, Action, and Tampa Bay), including state representative, board of directors, and chapter president. His membership in the association has helped him connect and engage with Florida’s diverse “green industry.”

In his first president’s letter Smith wrote: “With the Annual Convention always comes change, and we’ve seen plenty of that in our respective market segments as well. With continued material-sourcing issues, labor shortages and government overreach plaguing our industry like never before it is important we work together to adapt and overcome these changes and challenges. Having been a part of three separate FNGLA Chapters over the years, I’ve seen so many different businesses overcome obstacles. I’m excited to engage the membership in coming weeks and months. Tal and I plan to travel to as many Chapter events as possible, together when schedules permit, to do just that- get out and meet people face-to-face and make sure the FNGLA state office is doing what it can for FNGLA Member businesses.”