OFA Bulletin January/February 2013 : Page 3

together into one powerhouse team. Bob retired after serving ANLA and our industry for more than 20 years. Please see the sidebar for more about him. It’s going to take most of this year to get all of the details in order for the new association. In the meantime, OFA and ANLA will continue to offer separately and collaboratively superior educational programming, networking opportunities, and a fantastic convention and trade show (one of the country’s largest!). I suspect our founders never imagined their fledgling organization would last 85 years. But I know they often asked the question, “What’s next?” This is still our attitude today and I invite you to continue to be part of the adventure. You can learn more about the consolidation between OFA and ANLA at OneVoiceOneIndustry.com. after 21 years of service as the executive vice president of the american nursery & landscape association, Bob Dolibois retired on December 31, 2012. MEMBERSHIP MATTERS — TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE, TO THE INDUSTRY AND TO THE NEXT GENERATION READY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE MEMBERSHIP FEATURES? VISIT OFA.ORG/BENEFITS FOR UP-TO-DATE CONTACT INFORMATION. Member savings and resources are for all of your employees. Josh Henry and Dr. Bob McMahon, The Ohio State University Agriculture Technical Institute, Wooster, Ohio and Bob Jones, Jr., The Chef’s Garden, Huron, Ohio If every one of our members remains involved (and I expect you will want to do so), the combined organization will include nearly 4,000 member companies with almost 900 of them involved in retail, along with hundreds of educators and students. This will provide the resources to improve and increase professional and technical education, better represent our interests in Washington, DC, and extend our outreach to consumers. We are combining the strengths of OFA with those of ANLA to create one amazing organization. Some of the first steps are to further align our operations and develop joint programs. Our initial effort is the new Next Level conference to be held on January 31-February 2, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. What is the next level of success for you and your business? This annual event will help you answer that question and help to position yourself for the future economy. This is a conference unlike any other offered in our industry and it will be an amazing experience. You can learn more about it at YourNextLevel.org. I hope you will be part of it. Furthermore, as a result of the planned retirement of ANLA’s Executive Vice President Robert Dolibois, CAE on December 31, 2012, we are following a staff transition plan approved by both boards of directors. On January 1, 2013, I assumed the responsibility as Executive Vice President of ANLA and will continue to serve as CEO of OFA. In this joint role, I oversee our offices in Washington, DC and Columbus in order to begin bringing our staff and volunteers Bob was a superior executive, nurturing a top-notch professional staff for both ANLA and the Horticultural Research Institute. He was a visionary and passionate industry leader. His knowledge of national politics maintained ANLA as an influential representative of agricultural and small business interests. Bob was an outspoken advocate for industry unity and remained at ANLA through turbulent times to ensure its prospects for the MiChAel V. GeAry, CAe Chief Executive Officer OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals 2130 Stella Ct Columbus, OH 43215 614-487-1117 mgeary@ofa.org best possible future. OFA thanks Bob for his contributions, support, and friendship over the years, and we wish him the best for his retirement. EXPOSURE TO THE LATEST PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND TECHNIQUES WE’RE HERE FOR YOU. OFA’S FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL STAFF IS READILY AVAILABLE TO HELP FIND THE ANSWERS YOU NEED. 3

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