Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards 2017

Stay tuned for more information on our HILA Class of 2018 coming in July!
Read below about the leaders in the HILAs Class of 2017.



Part of the 2017 Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards (HILA), Greenhouse Management and Nursery Management, with the support of Syngenta, honored six greenhouse and nursery growers who exemplified the leadership qualities needed to inspire and empower those around them and take their businesses to the next level. Please join us in congratulating the exceptional leaders in the HILAs Class of 2017. We’re also remembering Jim Zampini, a beloved Ohio nurseryman who bred, selected and introduced more than 200 patented and trademarked plants. His contributions to horticulture were many, and his impact on the industry will always be felt.




Tom Demaline

Willoway Nurseries
Tom Demaline inspires by empowering his employees to think and act like owners at Willoway Nurseries.


Mark Foertmeyer

Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.

Mark Foertmeyer of Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co. strives to lead the horticulture industry into the next generation.


Mike Gooder


For the past 37 years, Mike Gooder has guided Plantpeddler with a steady hand and innovative outlook.


Gary Hennen

Oglesby Plants International
Gary Hennen’s dedication to horticulture and the industry has led Oglesby Plants International to success over the past 35 years.


Terry Hines

Hale & Hines Nursery
From an eager greenhorn to the humble leader of today, Terry Hines epitomizes honesty and reliability.


Skeetter McCorkle

McCorkle Nurseries
With a selfless dedication to any endeavor, whether personal or professional, Skeetter McCorkle exemplifies integrity.