Established in 1951, the ALabama Nursery & Landscape Association (ALNLA) is a professional association for those involved in and allied to the ornamental horticulture industry. Our Economic Impact Study shows what we suspected to be true—our industry contributes a whopping 2.9 billion dollars, including 44,000 jobs, to the economy of our state annually. The mission of the ALNLA, a non-profit trade association whose business is conducted by an elected board of directors, is to promote the success and professionalism of its membership. Through its annual Gulf States Horticultural Expo, educational seminars around the state and its link with other organizations both in Alabama and across the nation, the ALNLA strives to provide the information and support to make your business more efficient and profitable. Together we can accomplish goals that might be impossible for an individual business alone.
ALNLA Membership Letter
January 29, 2015
Dear ALNLA member,
Thank you for your continued support of the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and the green industry in Alabama. Without your support, our association would not have been able to accomplish the many things that it has.
During the membership meeting at the Gulf States Horticulture Expo in Mobile, James Harwell, our executive director for the last 10 years, officially announced his retirement effective in early 2016. We are so thankful for the many years James has devoted to our industry, and to our association specifically. He has served humbly and willingly for many years, and not just as executive director. His leadership and hard work has advanced our industry in this state more than will be realized for a long time. We will miss he and Libby both, but are very excited for them as they begin to slow down and enjoy retirement.
Please know that our Board of Directors has been working diligently for almost a year developing a succession plan for this very moment. It is with full confidence in the planning and processes that have been established that we will find the right individual to fill this role. A formal search committee has been formed and approved by the board that will lead us through this process and make a recommendation on a potential candidate(s) to the board for final approval. The search committee members are as follows:
Bryan Word (chairman) Phillip Hunter
Bethany O’rear Bill Turk
Carol Barton Randy Bounds
Please know that this will be a slow and deliberate process that the Board will monitor closely. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Search Committee members or any of the Board of Directors. Thank you again for your support during this transition and join us in thanking James and Libby for all they have done.
2014 ALNLA President