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.
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
|Allied Division || Jason E. Platzer |
BWI Companies, Inc.
1037 NW 4th St
Homestead, FL 33030
|Big Bend Chapter|| Martin Hackney |
Hackney Nursery Co.
3690 Juniper Creek Rd
PO Box 160
Greensboro, FL 32330-0160
|Broward Chapter|| Christy Savage-Griffin |
Betrock Information Systems, Inc.
7770 Davie Rd Ext
Hollywood, FL 33024-2516
|Citrus Nursery Division|| Lynn Steward |
12010 NE Hwy 70
Arcadia, FL 34266-4267
|Coastal Springs Chapter|| Stephen Herrmann |
Herrmann's Landscaping, LLC
31131 Pasco Rd
San Antonio, FL 33576
|Miami/Dade Chapter|| Barney W. Rutzke Jr.|
Railroad Nursery, Inc.
17855 SW 248th St
Homestead, FL 33031-1801
|Floriculture Division|| Terri Bates |
Bates Sons & Daughters
81 Bates Rd
Lake Placid, FL 33852-0202
|Foliage Division|| Ty Strode |
1728 Kelly Park Rd
Apopka, FL 32712-5208
|Frontrunners Chapter|| Justin L. Slaymaker |
Slay's Trees, LLC
826 SW Old Bellamy Rd
High Springs, FL 32643-9315
|Garden Center Division|| Theresa Riley |
Rockledge Gardens, Inc.
2153 South US 1
Rockledge, FL 32955-3726
|Highland Heartland Chapter|| Austin Bryant |
Heart of Florida Greenhouses, Inc.
7555 Crewsville Rd
Zolfo Springs, FL 33890-9801
|Landscape Division|| Harold Jenkins II|
Jenkins Landscape Co., Inc.
12260 SE Dixie Hwy
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-5607
|Lake Region Chapter|| J.R. Reiner |
Reliable Peat Co., J.V.
PO Box 491440
Leesburg, FL 34749-1440
|Manasota Chapter|| J.C. Diem |
Southern Agricultural Insecticides, Inc.
PO Box 218
Palmetto, FL 34220
|Northeast Chapter|| Shawn Thomas |
9456 Phillips Hwy Ste. 10
Jacksonville, FL 32256-1379
|Palm Beach Chapter|| Robbin Avery |
Morning Dew Tropical Plants
601 N Congress Ave #436
Delray Beach, FL 33445
|Pinellas Chapter|| Wesley D Hall |
Floridian Pest & Turf
7970 46th Ave N
St Petersburg, FL 33709-2371
|Royal Palm Chapter|| Robert Olinger |
Forestry Resources, Inc.
4353 Michigan Link
Fort Myers, FL 33916-2301
|Tampa Bay Chapter|| Autumn Schwab |
Dragonfly Landscape and Water Gardens
6012 N Eustace Ave
Tampa, FL 33604
|Treasure Coast Chapter|| Cindy Hall |
Eco Solutions Marketing, Inc.
1069 NE Crescent St.
Jensen Beach, FL 34957
|Woody Ornamental Division|| Tommy Lewis |
Stockwood Liners LLC
2576 SE 32nd Place
Ocala, FL 34471