Description: This award is recognized as FNGLA's most prestigious. This award recognizes an individual who serves FNGLA and the industry by providing leadership, service, contributions and has shown a sincere interest in the advancement of the association and the industry. The person's involvement in FNGLA has made a positive impact on the success of the association, its members and the industry and serves as an example to others. The award winner then sits on the next year's Industry Awards Selection Committee.
Award Criteria: An individual who is currently a member of FNGLA and has proved faithful and exceptional service to the horticulture industry and FNGLA, notwithstanding personal gain. Previous Butler Award winners are not eligible, nor is the incumbent FNGLA President.
Big Trees Plantation, Newberry, FL
New Hanover County NC Cooperative Extension and Arboretum, North Carolina
AmeriScapes Landscape Management Services, Orlando, FL
2009: M.E. "Buck" Wurster, FCLC, of B & L Landscape Co., Inc.
2008: Roger and Janice Brooks of Four B's Nursery, Inc.
2007: Gary Roberts, FCLD
2006: Kevin Kraft
2005: Tommy Aiello
2004: George Hackney
2003: Joe Hoak
2002: Marvin Gross
2001: Bill "Rocky" Klinger
2000: Alan Shapiro
1999: Gene Batson
1998: Russ Mueller
1997: Joe Cialone Sr.
1996: Randy Strode
1995: Bob Mellen