2017 HILA class honored

2017 HILA class honored

Six exceptional greenhouse and nursery leaders were welcomed into the Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards (HILA) Class of 2017.

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August 10, 2017
Karen Varga
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On Sunday evening at Cultivate’17, the GIE Media Horticulture Group and Syngenta proudly welcomed six exceptional greenhouse and nursery industry leaders into the Horticultural Industries Leadership Awards (HILA) Class of 2017. We also honored Jim Zampini, a beloved nurseryman who we lost earlier this year. His memory will live on through his many contributions to horticulture during his long career.

This year’s HILA Class of 2017 includes:

  • Tom Demaline, Willoway Nurseries

  • Mark Foertmeyer, Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouse Co.

  • Mike Gooder, Plantpeddler

  • Gary Hennen, Oglesby Plants International

  • Terry Hines, Hale and Hines Nursery

  • Skeetter McCorkle, McCorkle Nurseries


Get to know these remarkable leaders by reading their stories in the July digital editions of Greenhouse Management and Nursery Management. Do you know a leader who deserves to be part of the HILA Class of 2018? Email Karen Varga at kvarga@gie.net with the person’s name and how their leadership has impacted the industry.

All photos by Kimberly Rottmayer.