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FNGLA Announces New Slate of Officers for 2017-2018

Monday, June 19, 2017
Article by: Greenline

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FNGLA’s Nominating Committee announces its recommended slate for FNGLA’s 2017-2018 officers. President-Elect Ed Bravo (Big Trees Plantation, Inc. in Ocala) automatically advances to FNGLA President. FNGLA’s Nominating Committee nominates Will Womack (Tampa Bay Landscaping in Tampa) as FNGLA’s President-Elect. Shawn Thomas (Southern Green Chemical Lawn Care in Jacksonville) is nominated as FNGLA’s Secretary/Treasurer. Current FNGLA President Robert Shoelson (Getting Green Plant Service in Fort Lauderdale and Betrock Information Systems in Hollywood, FL) automatically advances to FNGLA Past President for this membership year.

Incoming FNGLA President 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 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 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.

Nominated to serve as FNGLA President-Elect is Will Womack. Will initially considered being a prosecutor and worked briefly with then line attorney Pam Bondi. In 2002, he started Tampa Bay Landscaping. Will has been active in the Tampa Bay Chapter of FNGLA and the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau serving in a variety of leadership roles. He has served on the FNGLA Board of Directors, FNGLA’s Marketing and Membership Committee, the Budget Committee, Certifications Committee, holds two FNGLA certifications and has served as a judge for certification exams. He is also an ISA certified arborist. Will is a graduate of the UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute and continues to sit on many local advisory boards and committees.

Nominated to serve as FNGLA Secretary/Treasurer is Shawn Thomas. A Jacksonville native, Shawn began his landscape career with B & L Landscape when he was hired by FNGLA Past President Buck Wurster. Shawn became FNGLA’s Northeast Chapter president in 2009 and chair of its Jacksonville Landscape Show in 2010 in a role he continues today. Shawn was chapter president again in 2012 when he received FNGLA’s Outstanding Chapter President Award. Not only is Shawn an active member of FNGLA’s Marketing & Membership Committee, he represents the Northeast Chapter on FNGLA’s Board of Directors. Shawn is a vice president of the Florida Irrigation Society, serves on Gateway College’s board of directors and is very involved with Duval County Farm Bureau, FFA, and 4-H programs. Running four branches throughout Florida, Shawn is the operations director of Southern Green Chemical Lawn Care based in Jacksonville.

Robert Shoelson automatically moves from president to FNGLA Immediate Past President. Robert grew up in the nursery and landscape industry starting with Betrock Information Systems in 1992 and Getting Green Plant Service in 1998. He is active on FNGLA’s Certification, Knowledge College and Budget Committees. Robert has served on FNGLA’s Board FNGLA 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. Robert is the owner and president of Getting Green Plant Services in Fort Lauderdale and the COO of Betrock Information Systems in Hollywood, FL. 

FNGLA officer elections take place during FNGLA’s Annual Meeting on Saturday morning, June 23 in conjunction with the 2017 convention in Ft. Lauderdale.

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