Board of Directors

FNGLA is managed by a 25-member Board of Directors comprised of member-elected representatives from our 14 active Chapters, 7 Divisions, and 4 statewide officers -- namely a President, President-elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.

2016 - 2017 Officers



Rob Shoelson, FCLC, FNGLA President

Newly-elected FNGLA President Robert Shoelson 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, Short Course and Budget Committees. Robert has served on FNGLA’s Board 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.


Ed Bravo, President-elect

Serving as FNGLA President Elect, 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’s 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.


Will Womack, Secretary / Treasurer

FNGLA Secretary/Treasurer is Will Womack. Will initially considered being a prosecutor and worked very 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. Will is a graduate of the UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute and continues to sit on many local advisory boards and committees.



Billy Butterfield, FCLC, Immediate Past President

Billy Butterfield automatically moved from president to FNGLA Immediate Past President. Billy became active in FNGLA through his interest in its landscape certification programs. He has served on FNGLA’s Certification Committee and is one of the most experienced and rigorous certification exam judges. Billy served FNGLA’s Action Chapter in many capacities, including president. He has served on the FNGLA Board of Directors as an officer and as Action Chapter’s Board Representative. Billy has been on FNGLA’s Membership Committee, The Landscape Show Committee and FNGLA’s education committees. He sits on many local advisory boards and committees and is a graduate of the UF/IFAS Wedgworth Leadership Institute. Billy owns AmeriScapes Landscape Management Services in Orlando.

2015 - 2016 Board Representitives

FNGLA's Board Representatives are chapter-elected with elections taking place June through August. As new representatives are known, the information below will be updated.

Action Chapter Jennifer Parrish
Farm Credit of Central Florida

57 E 3rd St
Apopka, FL 32703-4235
Ph. 407-880-7883
Fx. 407-880-7980

Allied Division Jason E. Platzer
BWI Companies, Inc.

1037 NW 4th St
Homestead, FL 33030
Ph. 305-247-5115
Fx. 305-247-3511

Big Bend Chapter Martin Hackney
Hackney Nursery Co.

3690 Juniper Creek Rd
PO Box 160
Greensboro, FL 32330-0160
Ph. 850-442-6115
Fx. 850-442-3492

Broward Chapter Christy Savage-Griffin
Betrock Information Systems, Inc.

7770 Davie Rd Ext
Hollywood, FL 33024-2516
Ph. 954-981-2821
Fx. 954-981-2823

Citrus Nursery Division Lynn Steward
Alico Inc.

12010 NE Hwy 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
Ph. 863-494-4939
Fx. 863-494-2655

Coastal Springs Chapter Stephen Herrmann
Herrmann's Landscaping, LLC

31131 Pasco Rd
San Antonio, FL 33576
Ph. 813-714-0621
Fx. 352-588-3996

Miami/Dade Chapter Barney W. Rutzke Jr.
Railroad Nursery, Inc.

17855 SW 248th St
Homestead, FL 33031-1801
Ph. 305-245-4595
Fx. 305-248-5938

Floriculture Division Terri Bates
Bates Sons & Daughters

81 Bates Rd
Lake Placid, FL 33852-0202
Ph. 863-465-3274
Fx. 863-465-9568

Foliage Division Ty Strode
Agri-Starts, Inc.

1728 Kelly Park Rd
Apopka, FL 32712-5208
Ph. 407-889-8055
Fx. 407-889-2523

Frontrunners Chapter Justin L. Slaymaker
Slay's Trees, LLC

826 SW Old Bellamy Rd
High Springs, FL 32643-9315
Ph. 386-454-2541
Fx. 386-454-4997

Garden Center Division Theresa Riley
Rockledge Gardens, Inc.

2153 South US 1
Rockledge, FL 32955-3726
Ph. 321-636-7662
Fx. 321-636-3455

Highland Heartland Chapter Austin Bryant
Heart of Florida Greenhouses, Inc.

7555 Crewsville Rd
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890-9801
Ph. 863-735-1199
Fx. 863-735-1081

Landscape Division Harold Jenkins II
Jenkins Landscape Co., Inc.

12260 SE Dixie Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-5607
Ph. 772-546-2861
Fx. 772-546-6682

Lake Region Chapter J.R. Reiner
Reliable Peat Co., J.V.

PO Box 491440
Leesburg, FL 34749-1440
Ph. 352-326-5432
Fx. 352-326-3688

Manasota Chapter J.C. Diem
Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc.

PO Box 218
Palmetto, FL 34220
Ph. 941-722-3285
Fx. 941-723-2974

Northeast Chapter Shawn Thomas
Southern Green

9456 Phillips Hwy Ste. 10
Jacksonville, FL 32256-1379
Ph. 904-598-4358
Fx. 904-726-0542

Palm Beach Chapter Robbin Avery
Morning Dew Tropical Plants

601 N Congress Ave #436
Delray Beach, FL 33445
Ph. 561-266-0188
Fx. 561-266-6571

Pinellas Chapter Wesley D Hall
Floridian Pest & Turf

7970 46th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33709-2371
Ph. 727-344-2407
Fx. 727-344-5474

Royal Palm Chapter Robert Olinger
Forestry Resources, Inc.

4353 Michigan Link
Fort Myers, FL 33916-2301
Ph. 239-334-7343
Fx. 239-334-4602

Tampa Bay Chapter Autumn Schwab
Dragonfly Landscape and Water Gardens

6012 N Eustace Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
Ph. 813-394-7023

Treasure Coast Chapter Cindy Hall
Eco Solutions Marketing, Inc.

1069 NE Crescent St.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Ph. 772-370-4713

Woody Ornamental Division Tommy Lewis
Stockwood Liners LLC

2576 SE 32nd Place
Ocala, FL 34471
Ph. 352-528-3422