Board of Directors

FNGLA is managed by a 25-member Board of Directors comprised of member-elected representatives from our 14 active Chapters, 7 Divisions, and 4 statewide officers -- namely a President, President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.

2015 - 2016 Officers

Billy Butterfield

Billy Butterfield, FNGLA President
FNGLA's President Billy Butterfield became active in FNGLA through his interest in its landscape certification programs. He has served on FNGLA's Certification Committee and is one of the most experienced and rigorous certification exam judges. Billy served FNGLA's Action Chapter in many capacities, including president. He has served on the FNGLA Board of Directors as an officer and as Action Chapter's Board Representative. Billy has been on FNGLA's Membership Committee, The Landscape Show Committee and FNGLA's education committees. He sits on many local advisory boards and committees and is a graduate of the UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute. Billy owns AmeriScapes Landscape Management Services, LLC in Orlando.

Robert Shoelson

Robert Shoelson, President-elect

FNGLA's President-elect, Robert Shoelson has grown up in the nursery and landscape industry starting with Betrock Information Systems in 1992 and Getting Green Plant Service in 1998. He was active on FNGLA's Certification, Short Course and Budget Committees. Robert has served on FNGLA's Board of Directors as Woody Division and Broward Chapter Board Representatives. He was president of FNGLA's Broward Chapter three times and is active in several industry groups, including the Landscape Inspectors Association. Robert is a Certified Landscape Inspector and has earned two FNGLA professional certifications -- Landscape Contractor and Horticulture Professional. He was named the FNGLA Young Nursery Professional of the Year in 2006-07. Robert is the owner and president of Getting Green Plant Services in Fort Lauderdale and the C.O.O. of Betrock Information Systems in Hollywood.

Ed Bravo

Ed Bravo, Secretary / Treasurer

FNGLA Secretary/Treasurer, Ed Bravo was born in Santiago de Cuba and immigrated to the United States one year later. His family lived in Miami until Ed was nine years old when they then moved to Gainesville. Ed earned an A.A. degree from Santa Fe Community College in 1985. His nursery and landscape career began six years earlier when he started working as a landscape laborer. Within just two years, he became the production manager at a Gainesville area nursery and then for ten years he was the sole proprietor of Moonlight Landscape. In 1996, Ed became the General Manager of Big Trees Nursery and in 2001, he became a partner of Big Trees Plantation in which capacity he continues. He has been a longtime board member of the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Garden Festival. Ed has served FNGLA Frontrunners Chapter in many roles, including two stints on its board of directors and its 2006 president. He represented the Frontrunners Chapter on the statewide FNGLA Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013. Ed is a member of the FNGLA Endowed Research Fund Steering Committee advising the UF/IFAS Dean of Research which industry research projects are worthy of FNGLA funding.

Sandy Stein

Sandy Stein, Immediate Past President

FNGLA's Immediate Past President Sandy Stein started in the nursery business in 1981. Serving FNGLA's Miami-Dade Chapter in many capacities, including president, Sandy has served on the FNGLA Board of Directors as an officer and as the Woody Division Board Representative. He has also chaired FNGLA's Membership Committee. Sandy is a graduate of the UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute and has served on local nursery boards and committees. He is the owner of The Jungle Nursery in Miami and also a licensed psychotherapist.

2015 - 2016 Board Representitives

FNGLA's Board Representatives are chapter-elected with elections taking place June through August. As new representatives are known, the information below will be updated.

Action Chapter Jennifer Parrish
Farm Credit of Central Florida

57 E 3rd St
Apopka, FL 32703-4235
Ph. 407-880-7883
Fx. 407-880-7980

Allied Division Jason E. Platzer
BWI Companies, Inc.

3700 W Hwy 441
Apopka, FL 32703-5843
Ph. 407-884-0242
Fx. 407-884-0701

Big Bend Chapter Martin Hackney
Hackney Nursery Co.

3690 Juniper Creek Rd
PO Box 160
Greensboro, FL 32330-0160
Ph. 850-442-6115
Fx. 850-442-3492

Broward Chapter Vickie Parrish
Parrish Nursery, Inc.

6151 NW 66th Way
Parkland, FL 33067-1309
Ph. 954-680-3544
Fx. 954-340-2519

Citrus Nursery Division Lynn Steward
Alico Inc.

12010 NE Hwy 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
Ph. 863-494-4939
Fx. 863-494-2655

Coastal Springs Chapter Stephen Herrmann
Herrmann's Landscaping, LLC

31131 Pasco Rd
San Antonio, FL 33576
Ph. 813-714-0621
Fx. 352-588-3996

Miami/Dade Chapter Sylvia Gordon
Landscape by Sylvia Gordon

11390 SW 93rd St
Miami, FL 33176-1160
Ph. 305-596-4290
Fx. 305-596-4290

Floriculture Division Terri Cantwell
Bates Sons & Daughters

81 Bates Rd
Lake Placid, FL 33852-0202
Ph. 863-465-3274
Fx. 863-465-9568

Foliage Division Ty Strode
Agri-Starts, Inc.

1728 Kelly Park Rd
Apopka, FL 32712-5208
Ph. 407-889-8055
Fx. 407-889-2523

Frontrunners Chapter Shaun Brown
Shade Tree Farm, Inc.

6650 SE 165th Ave
Morriston, FL 32668-4461
Ph. 352-528-6007
Fx. 352-528-6077

Garden Center Division Theresa Riley
Rockledge Gardens, Inc.

2153 South US 1
Rockledge, FL 32955-3726
Ph. 321-636-7662
Fx. 321-636-3455

Highland Heartland Chapter Austin Bryant
Heart of Florida Greenhouses, Inc.

7555 Crewsville Rd
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890-9801
Ph. 863-735-1199
Fx. 863-735-1081

Landscape Division Harold Jenkins II
Jenkins Landscape Co., Inc.

12260 SE Dixie Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-5607
Ph. 772-546-2861
Fx. 772-546-6682

Lake Region Chapter J.R. Reiner
Reliable Peat Co., J.V.

PO Box 491440
Leesburg, FL 34749-1440
Ph. 352-326-5432
Fx. 352-326-3688

Manasota Chapter J.C. Diem
Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc.

PO Box 218
Palmetto, FL 34220
Ph. 941-722-3285
Fx. 941-723-2974

Northeast Chapter M.E. (Buck) Wurster
B & L Landscape Co., Inc.

7748 Spaner Rd
PO Box 24384
Jacksonville, FL 32241-4384
Ph. 904-262-1264
Fx. 904-880-1478

Palm Beach Chapter Colin Friedrich
Excelsa Gardens, Inc.

12839 25th St N
Loxahatchee, FL 33470-4724
Ph. 561-790-3789
Fx. 561-790-3197

Pinellas Chapter Debra A. Butler
Golden Rain Nursery, Inc.

4203 46th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33714-2933
Ph. 727-521-1684
Fx. 727-527-7422

Royal Palm Chapter Robert Olinger
Forestry Resources, Inc.

4353 Michigan Link
Fort Myers, FL 33916-2301
Ph. 239-334-7343
Fx. 239-334-4602

Tampa Bay Chapter William Womack
Tampa Bay Landscaping

5821 Maple Lane
Tampa, FL 33610
Ph. 813-368-9891
Fx. 813-948-9330

Treasure Coast Chapter Cindy Hall
Eco Solutions Marketing, Inc.

1069 NE Crescent St.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Ph. 772-370-4713

Woody Ornamental Division Tommy Lewis
Stockwood Liners LLC

2576 SE 32nd Place
Ocala, FL 34471
Ph. 352-528-3422