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.
Billy Butterfield, FNGLA PresidentFNGLA'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, 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, 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, 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
|Allied Division || Jason E. Platzer |
BWI Companies, Inc.
3700 W Hwy 441
Apopka, FL 32703-5843
|Big Bend Chapter|| Martin Hackney |
Hackney Nursery Co.
3690 Juniper Creek Rd
PO Box 160
Greensboro, FL 32330-0160
|Broward Chapter|| Vickie Parrish |
Parrish Nursery, Inc.
6151 NW 66th Way
Parkland, FL 33067-1309
|Citrus Nursery Division|| Lynn Steward |
Orange Co LP
12010 NE Hwy 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
|Coastal Springs Chapter|| Stephen Herrmann |
Herrmann's Landscaping, LLC
31131 Pasco Rd
San Antonio, FL 33576
|Miami/Dade Chapter|| Sylvia Gordon |
Landscape by Sylvia Gordon
11390 SW 93rd St
Miami, FL 33176-1160
|Floriculture Division|| Terri Cantwell |
Bates Sons & Daughters
81 Bates Rd
Lake Placid, FL 33852-0202
|Foliage Division|| Ty Strode |
1728 Kelly Park Rd
Apopka, FL 32712-5208
|Frontrunners Chapter|| Shaun Brown |
Shade Tree Farm, Inc.
6650 SE 165th Ave
Morriston, FL 32668-4461
|Garden Center Division|| Theresa Riley |
Rockledge Gardens, Inc.
2153 South US 1
Rockledge, FL 32955-3726
|Highland Heartland Chapter|| Austin Bryant |
Heart of Florida Greenhouses, Inc.
7555 Crewsville Rd
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890-9801
|Landscape Division|| Harold Jenkins II|
Jenkins Landscape Co., Inc.
12260 SE Dixie Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-5607
|Lake Region Chapter|| J.R. Reiner |
Reliable Peat Co., J.V.
PO Box 491440
Leesburg, FL 34749-1440
|Manasota Chapter|| J.C. Diem |
Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc.
PO Box 218
Palmetto, FL 34220
|Northeast Chapter|| M.E. (Buck) Wurster |
B & L Landscape Co., Inc.
7748 Spaner Rd
PO Box 24384
Jacksonville, FL 32241-4384
|Palm Beach Chapter|| Colin Friedrich |
Excelsa Gardens, Inc.
12839 25th St N
Loxahatchee, FL 33470-4724
|Pinellas Chapter|| Debra A. Butler |
Golden Rain Nursery, Inc.
4203 46th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33714-2933
|Royal Palm Chapter|| Robert Olinger |
Forestry Resources, Inc.
4353 Michigan Link
Fort Myers, FL 33916-2301
|Tampa Bay Chapter|| William Womack |
Tampa Bay Landscaping
5821 Maple Lane
Tampa, FL 33610
|Treasure Coast Chapter|| Cindy Hall |
Eco Solutions Marketing, Inc.
1069 NE Crescent St.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
|Woody Ornamental Division|| Tommy Lewis |
Stockwood Liners LLC
2576 SE 32nd Place
Ocala, FL 34471