The Oregon Association of Nurseries honored the industry's best and greatest servants at the 2017 President's Awards Banquet. The event was part of the 2017 OAN Convention, which took place Nov. 3-4 at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Ore.
At the event, Josh Zielinksi of Alpha Nursery was sworn in as OAN president. He’ll serve a one-year term, following outgoing president Mark Bigej.
A number of awards were presented at the 2017 OAN Convention. Chris Robinson of Robinson Nursery was chosen as New Nursery Professional of the Year for 2017. Ken McVicker was the winner of the 2017 Clayton Hannon Distinguished Service Award.
Leigh Parham Geschwill of F & B Farms and Nursery was the 2017 winner of the Political Awareness Award.
Al's Garden & Home won the Retailer of the Year Award for 2017.
Randy Skinner of Leonard Adams Insurance was the 2017 winner of the Distinguished Member of the Horticultural Allied Trades Award.
Kristin Mahaffey VanHoose won the 2017 Outstanding Service Award for her long-term contributions to the nursery industry and the OAN.
Several OAN members were presented with honorary lifetime memberships at the 2017 President's Awards Banquet. Teri Dillard-Lund of William Dillard Nursery Co., J. Frank Schmidt III of J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Dan and Diane Wells of D. Wells Nursery were honored as OAN Honorary Life Members.