President's Letter: Thanks for Listening

June 15, 2022

It has been an honor and a privilege serving as the 70th President of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

Reflecting on this experience, the most surprising element is the connections made through these President’s letters. Throughout the year, several Greenline readers reached out to share when a particular message resonated with them. I am deeply touched by the comments I have received. Thank you for listening and thank you for being part of my journey!

While it saddens me to see my time as President coming to an end, I am comforted in knowing that the future of the Association and the industry looks bright! It is often said every FNGLA president serves at the exact right time they are needed most. I have seen this mantra ring true in the roles of Past Presidents, and I am certain it is true of incoming President, Eric Smith. Eric has been part of three different FNGLA chapters. Through his professional career and volunteer roles, he has come to know a great many of our association members and industry friends. With the relationships he has built, Eric is the right person to serve as President during this transitional year.

Though we are losing an industry icon with the retirement of FNGLA CEO Ben Bolusky, we are gaining a blue ocean of opportunity with incoming CEO, Tal Coley. Our industry and our association have grown by leaps and bounds under Ben’s leadership. Now it is time to share our story, to guide our narrative, and to highlight the good our industry contributes to the economy and the environment. Tal has demonstrated the skills and enthusiasm to lead the way.  Aptly named “Lighting Up the Industry,” the 2022 FNGLA Annual Convention will celebrate the transition of both our volunteer and staff leadership. I hope you see you there!

Best regards,


Sarah Spatola

P.S. Luck Favors the Prepared: June 1st marked the beginning of hurricane season. We have already experienced some early season activity and NOAA experts are predicting a busy season ahead. Check out the FNGLA Hurricane Preparation Guides and get prepared today.

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