Eason Horticultural Resources (EHR) announced that they have welcomed Judy Spark to their company. Spark comes to EHR with 16 years of experience in the horticultural industry. Her primary focus at a prior broker was vendor data management, where she was responsible for updating and maintaining product detail and pricing in the operating system, in support of the sales force and product managers. Organization, accuracy and prioritizing workload are some of her valued attributes.
Announced via press release, Dümmen Orange received 13 ribbons, one blue and 12 red, for participating in this year’s Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Outstanding Varieties Competition which was recently held in conjunction with that organization’s 136th annual convention in Orlando, Florida. The 13 ribbons won are the most that Dümmen Orange has been rewarded with in a single SAF competition.
Skylie, the new white cushion innovation in the cut chrysanthemum category, earned a blue ribbon from the judges. Thanks to its outstanding performance in vase life and for its productivity, Skylie was the highest scoring entry submitted by Dümmen Orange.
Momentum+, a sunny yellow rose and 2021 red ribbon selection in the cut rose category, was Dümmen Orange’s most talked about display. Showing off a beautiful and strong yellow, this rose is perfect for growers and florists in all seasons. Joining Momentum+ in the red ribbon-winning cut rose category were the varieties Camaleon+, Swan+, Sweet Mama+ and Violet Hill+.
Additional Dümmen Orange red ribbon winners were Indira, Maddie, Mia and Veronica in the cut chrysanthemum category. Royal Damascus and Zeppelin each earned red ribbons in the cut carnation category for the global floricultural leader. In the cut dianthus category, the green Barberatus Fresh, thanks to its versatility for all bouquet types and higher level of productivity, was named a red ribbon winner.
Many different varieties grown by Dümmen Orange’s valued industry allies were submitted to the competition. This includes Colombian-based Don Eusebio, Flores Chipatá, Flores El Capiro, Flores Silvestres, GR Chia, La Gaitana Farms, and Turflor. Ecuadorian-based Rosaprima helped Dümmen Orange with event logistics and American-based distributor Jet Fresh Flowers sponsored plant material for the supplier exhibition as well.
Click here for the entire list of SAF Outstanding Varieties 2021.
For more information on Dümmen Orange, please visit na.dummenorange.com.
Hoffman Nursery, Inc. continues to strengthen its team with the hiring of a new logistics manager. Manny Martinez joined the nursery in July 2021 with over 20 years of experience in distribution and logistics. He specializes in team building and is responsible for educating other team members on using strategic implementation and improving efficiency, including lean process and company collaboration. His team ensures customers get accurate, timely and cost-effective shipments of the highest quality plants.
Before joining Hoffman Nursery, Martinez managed logistical operations for Goodwill Industries, Walmart and Burlington Coat Factory. He was brought onto the team when the nursery’s longtime shipping manager transitioned to full-time work on his family farm. As the logistics manager, Martinez manages the entire shipping process and oversees facilities personnel. He handles permitting and communicates with all the shipping vendors to keep a steady and timely flow of plants into and out of the nursery.
Martinez’ combination of positivity and boundless energy encourages others to work hard and do their jobs well. In his free time, he likes to hike and explore museums. He’s an avid vinyl record collector and loves discussing music. He has enjoyed learning the specifics of the nursery and has connected quickly with his new team. David Hoffman, senior director of sales and operations, says “Manny’s experience and resourcefulness make us confident we can navigate logistical challenges — even those intensified by the pandemic — while delivering high-quality plants and service.” As for Martinez, he’s “all in,” and the nursery’s customers will be happy to know he’s on the job.
After nearly 24 years at the helm of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA), CEO Ben Bolusky plans to retire in June 2022, according to a press release issued by the association.
During his two decades leading the largest state nursery and landscape association in the nation, Bolusky has seen FNGLA grow as the industry has strengthened.
Bolusky brought the association through a name change in 2004 when the then-Florida Nurserymen and Growers Association added ‘Landscape’ to its famous moniker to telegraph the importance of landscape firms as part of the association.
Bolusky also served during a series of devastating hurricanes including Charley in 2004 which battered the entire state of Florida and destroyed many nurseries and greenhouses. In response, FNGLA went to Washington D.C. and secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal assistance to help get nurseries back up and running. This set the precedent for nursery eligibility which continues today.
Another milestone achieved with Bolusky at the helm is the overhaul of the federal nursery crop insurance policy. It now grants substantially more flexibility to growers to select the level of crop insurance which makes the most sense for their business operation.
With Bolusky’s leadership, FNGLA established a committee to liaison with the Florida Department of Transportation to assist with its state road and highway landscape beautification policies and practices.
Also on Bolusky’s watch, FNGLA established its Landscape Irrigation Committee whose mission is to shape Florida public policies to maximize irrigation efficiencies and save Florida water.
FNGLA also in that time created a home for Florida’s citrus nurseries by establishing a division within the Association.
“What an incredible journey to lead FNGLA during these years of transformative industry growth,” Bolusky said. “It’s an absolute privilege to work for FNGLA’s members, so many truly dedicated FNGLA volunteer leaders and an exceptionally talented team of staff professionals.”
Prior to his work at FNGLA, Bolusky served for 12 years as Director of Government Affairs at the then-American Nursery & Landscape Association (now called AmericanHort) in Washington, D.C.
FNGLA Chief Operating Officer Linda Adams echoed Bolusky’s enormous impact on FNGLA. “Ben brought a wide range of expertise and experience to FNGLA when he arrived 23 years ago, all of which have moved the association forward on several important fronts.”
Adams continued, “Yet, working side by side with Ben, I believe the most important qualities Ben brought to FNGLA are his warmth, good humor and genuine regard for others. He set a positive spirit of community trust which fostered collaboration and respect, whether among FNGLA staff, FNGLA membership or wider industry circles. We’re going to miss Ben the CEO, but also Ben the person.”
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association President Michael Joyner added Bolusky’s leadership and industry impact cannot be overstated. “It has been an honor to work alongside him over the years as he has helped to shape public policy — not only for his membership but all of Florida agriculture,” Joyner said. “An excellent servant leader and role model, Ben’s experience and dedication to this industry will certainly be missed.”
Bolusky will cap his work at the Association during FNGLA’s convention in June 2022.
FNGLA has launched a national search to hire a new CEO. Interested candidates are encouraged to review the position announcement and apply online at FNGLA’s website.