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Two Industry Professionals Elected to 2017 NCNLA Board of Directors

Raleigh, NC – January 31, 2017 – At its 2017 Annual Meeting held during Green & Growin’ 17 in Greensboro, NC last week, the membership of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) elected two industry professionals to serve three-year terms on the NCNLA Board of Directors. New NCNLA Directors include:

Richard Gant
President
Gant’s Nursery
Marion, NC

Gant has about 25 years of experience in the green industry. After buying 15-20 acres of open land in the 1990’s, he built Gant’s nursery from the ground up; today they specialize in hard to find native plants. He has shared his knowledge as an active member of numerous industry organizations, including: Western Horticulture Alliance, Caldwell County Nurserymen Association and SCNLA.

William Bass
Production Manager
Hawksridge Farms
Hickory, NC

Bass has been the Production Manager at Hawksridge Farms for the past 32 years, he oversees the growth of container trees and woody ornamentals, with a focus on introducing new
plants to the trade. He is a member of multiple industry groups, including: Wholesale Nursery Growers of America, Inc., SNA and the Perennial Plant Association.
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Gant and Bass will join the following returning members of NCNLA’s Board:

President Chad Gragg, Buffalo Creek Nurseries, Inc., Lenoir, NC

Vice-President/Secretary/Treasurer Shanon Spivey, Spivey’s Nursery, Inc., Kernersville, NC

Past-President Brad Rollins, Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, Raleigh, NC

Director Hugh Crump, Greenline Designs, Charlotte, NC

Director Lynn McCleneghen, Parker Landscape Services, Cary, NC

Director Jamie Thomas, Swift Creek Nursery, Clayton, NC

Director Chris Mitchell, Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply, Garner, NC