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Commissioner Putnam to Speak at FNGLA Convention

Friday, June 16, 2017
Article by: Greenline

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FNGLA’s Annual Convention traditionally attracts industry leaders from across the state. For 2017, the list of leaders includes Adam Putnam, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Putnam has announced his intent to run for Governor of Florida in 2018 and will speak on Saturday evening, June 24 at the President’s Gala.

FNGLA’s Annual Convention is taking place June 23 & 24 at the B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Although tours and meetings take place during the day on June 23, the convention officially starts with the Beach Bash Welcome Reception on Friday evening. This takes place on the hotel’s private beach-- and includes not only food, drink and important networking time-- but also an island drum show!

Saturday starts with FNGLA’s Annual Business meeting. This meeting is open to all FNGLA members and includes a year-end review of FNGLA’s activities, recognition of outstanding FNGLA volunteers and industry leaders, as well as a State of the Industry presentation by FNGLA’s CEO Ben Bolusky. This is an important event! It’s where FNGLA officers are elected as well as FNGLA chapter contributions made to the FNGLA Endowed Research Fund at SHARE.

Saturday afternoon promises extra fun! Not only is a garden tour of nearby Bonnet House available, but several beach games adding fun and camaraderie are offered for FNGLA convention attendees to enjoy. These include volleyball, corn hole toss and a giant Jenga game. Attendees can also take advantage of relaxing at one of the B’s two refreshing swimming pools. From 1 – 2 p.m., schedule a time for a meet up with a live mermaid – a truly unique selfie opportunity. 

Saturday evening’s President’s Reception and Gala brings the convention to its grand finale.  Not only will Commissioner Adam Putnam share his words of wisdom to industry members, outgoing FNGLA President Rob Shoelson, Getting Green Plant Services and Betrock Information Systems, will add his parting thoughts as he passes the “Big Shoes” of FNGLA to incoming President Ed Bravo of Big Trees Plantation. Included in the evening’s activities will be photo booth fun and a variety of music for listening and dancing.

For those who wish to come in a day early, a community service project is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the David Park Community Center in Hollywood. This center offers services to children, families and seniors with special needs. The service project will include basic landscape maintenance chores and enhancements.

Other optional activities include an FNGLA-exclusive walking and boat tour of Anne Kolb Nature Center, a 1,500-acre coast mangrove wetlands preserve on Friday morning and guided tour of Bonnet House and Gardens, 35 acres of themed gardens, tropical courtyards and a historic estate house on Saturday afternoon. These are each optional activities for convention attendees with registration required. The Anne Kolb Nature Center tour is limited to the first 28 registrants.

Register before June 19 for the lowest prices. The Full Package is only $170 and includes a welcome bag, the Beach Bash Welcome Reception, the Annual Meeting Continental Breakfast, beach activities and games, the President’s Gala and access to the Broward Chapter hospitality suites. 

Although the cut-off date for group reservations at the B Ocean Resort has passed, those wishing to reserve a room may call the hotel direct at 954-524-5551 and ask for in-house reservations. Reference FNGLA to determine availability of rooms and group pricing. 

For more details on the convention, contact Linda Adams, ladams@fngla.org, or see convention details online.

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