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On Deck: President-Elect Ed Bravo is Ready to Lead

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Article by: Greenline

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Leaders - FNGLA Frontrunner leader Shaun Brown, Florida Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam and FNGLA President-elect Ed Bravo. (FNGLA PHOTO)

He’s next in line for FNGLA’s top seat. Ed Bravo, a native of Cuba, has been involved in Florida’s green industry for more than 30 years. A partner of Big Trees Plantation in Gainesville, Florida, Bravo is well-known for his regular contributions to FNGLA’s Frontrunners Chapter, including his service as its president. FNGLA’s Kate Clary caught up with Bravo to talk about being passed the presidential big shoes:

FNGLA: How does it feel to know you will soon begin your service as FNGLA’s president?

BRAVO: I feel honored just to be asked because of the respect I have for all of the past presidents with whom I have known and worked with. Also I am truly humbled that they think me capable of representing FNGLA despite my shortcomings.

FNGLA: What are the initiatives on which you want to focus during your term as president?

BRAVO: Labor and water issues are the two biggest problems facing us for the foreseeable future. 

Labor: I will advocate for immigration reform and a reliable work force. I hope to promote existing programs to guide young people into our industry and continue to help Will Womack expand his outreach to college horticulture students. 

Water: Landscape water use will continue to be the target of municipal/county regulations so we must be proactive. We must develop an FNGLA irrigation certification program which inspires the use of Florida-friendly landscapingTM principles and sets the bar high. 

Opiate addiction: I wish to begin the conversation about how FNGLA can help members deal with this toxic subject which may be affecting their staff or families.

Ed will be installed as FNGLA president at the Annual Convention June 23 & 24 in Fort Lauderdale.

In 2001, Ed became a partner at Big Trees Plantation in Gainesville having started as the nursery’s General Manager in 1996.  He began his career in the industry very early, in 1979, as an industry laborer and worked his way up.

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