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  • 22 Jun 2017 9:13 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Christopher James Sexton, age 49, passed away on June 19, 2017. He was the beloved son of Randall and Selma Sexton. 


    Chris was a graduate of Westside High School. He also was a graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1990, where he was the senior class president and the recipient of the John O. Wilson Ring. 

    During his career he was a successful banker and later went into sales. He led the group that built Fafard to $100 million dollars. He led a $30 million dollar business group and did post graduate studies in France. His charm and magnetic personality touched many lives. He was a member of NewSpring and had just recently re-dedicated his life to the Lord.

    He was a beloved brother to Randy (Beth) Sexton. He was a beloved father to Kalli (Logan) Queen, Cameron Sexton and Caroline Sexton. He dearly loved his family. He was formerly married for 24 years to Trina Sexton Sherman. All who knew him loved him.

    The memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, June 23, 2017 at The McDougald Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Tom Haren and Pastor Brady Smith officiating. Scott Moore and Lee Orvin will also be taking part in the service for Chris.

    The families will be at their respective homes and will receive friends from 11:00 am – 12:30pm on Friday at the funeral home – McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 
    2211 North Main Street, Anderson, SC, 29621.


    Memorials can be made to the Lee Selzer Memorial Scholarship at the Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 39409. Make checks payable to The Citadel Foundation. Donations can also be made online at https://foundation.citadel.edu/page.aspx?pid=422
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    A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

     
    To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Christopher James Sexton please visit the McDougald Funeral Home Sympathy Store.

  • 14 Jun 2017 10:46 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA to Collocate with MANTS

    SNA Conference Scheduled for January 8 - 9, 2018 in Baltimore, MD


    Atlanta, Ga., June 16, 2017 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans to collocate The SNA Conference with the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in 2018. Under this new arrangement, both events will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center with The SNA Conference preceding MANTS on Monday and Tuesday, January 8-9, 2018. MANTS will take place on Wednesday, January 10 – Friday, January 12.


    Transforming from a traditional trade show format, The SNA Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, and develop new insights and solutions. The conference will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience through The 16th Southern Plant Conference, The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference, keynote sessions and participant-driven roundtable discussions. In addition, SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting. 


    “There is crossover appeal for participants of both events and this collocation will bring value and potential new business opportunities for both audiences,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “And, since SNA will no longer have a trade show, collocating with MANTS offers our participants the convenience of attending MANTS and also allows researchers and students participating in the SNA Research Conference to experience our industry’s largest trade show. The SNA has always supported the state associations within our region and their events, and what better way to support the state nursery and landscape associations of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia than to bring our event to their trade show. I am excited about the possibilities, and confident this will create new synergies for everyone involved,” she added.


    Dusty Knight, SNA President, said, “We are excited to start this new chapter in the SNA and look forward to exposing the conference to more people. We would like to thanks MANTS for this opportunity and look forward to being in Baltimore in January.”


    MANTS Executive Vice President, Vanessa Finney, added, “We welcome the addition of one of the industry’s best known plant and research conferences prior to MANTS as it will be a great benefit to attendees of both events.”


    The Southern Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.


    Sponsorship packages will include all-access passes to The SNA Conference to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the two days of keynotes, roundtables and plant conference sessions to create meaningful business relationships without time constraints. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event. The SNA Conference will provide a platform to communicate, demonstrate, train or simply engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show or MANTS®, widely known as The Masterpiece of Trade Shows™, was incorporated in Maryland early in 1970. The show is sponsored by the state Nursery and Landscape Associations of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. 


    MANTS information is available at www.mants.com or by calling 410-296-6959.


    More details of The SNA Conference will be released in the coming weeks. For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 02 Jun 2017 1:57 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    John B. Wight, Jr. Passes Away

    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Wight Family


    Longtime industry member John B. Wight, Jr., of Cairo, Georgia, died Thursday, June 1, 2017.  John served as president of Wight Nurseries for more than 20  years. Throughout his career, he served as president of the Georgia Nurserymen's Association, director and governor of the American Association of Nurserymen and received SNA's most prestigious award, the Slater Wight Memorial Award – named after his uncle, the late J. Slater Wight. His obituary and memorial service details follow:


    John Byron Wight, Jr., 87, devoted husband, father and friend, died peacefully at home on Thursday, June 1, 2017. John, or “Johnny” as he was affectionately known by so many, was born on June 13, 1929 at Archbold Hospital in Thomasville. His parents were Elizabeth Allen “Lib” Wight and John Byron Wight, Sr. of Cairo, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 67 years, Elizabeth VanLandingham “Beth” Wight, his five daughters Mary Wight of Mandeville, LA, Sally Murphy (George) of Atlanta, GA, Gretchen McKenzie (Tom) of Jacksonville, FL, Elizabeth Quirk (Neal) of Atlanta, GA, Louise Murphy (Rob) of Tallahassee, FL and his sister, Elizabeth Wight Herbert of Tallahassee, FL. John was blessed with fourteen grandchildren: Todd Ellefson (Stacy), David McKenzie (Anna), Elizabeth Mairs (Jeremy), Wight Murphy, Georgia Murphy, Neal Quirk, John Quirk, Joe Quirk, Elizabeth Quirk, Cullen Byrne (Allyse), Ashley Byrne, William Byrne (Megan), Sarah Murphy and Brian Murphy and ten great grandchildren, all of whom he deeply loved.


    John was a 1946 graduate of Cairo High School. He attended Emory University in Atlanta where he received his BBA in Marketing in 1950. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduation, he married Elizabeth VanLandingham and served in the United States Air Force at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas until December of 1954. Afterwards, John returned to Cairo to join Wight Nurseries, the family business, where he had been working since the age of ten. He worked at the Nursery from 1955 until his retirement in 1989. John served as President of Wight Nurseries from 1967-1989, and the nursery became one of the largest wholesale nurseries in the United States.


    John’s civic and organization service included six years as the Director of the American Association of Nurserymen (AAN), a number of terms as an AAN governor, President of the Georgia Nurserymen’s Association from 1963-64, President of the Big Bend Nurserymen’s Association in 1965, member of the National Arboretum Advisory Council from 1971-1978, and President of the American Association of Nurserymen for the 1980-81 year.


    In 1979, John received the Slater Wight Award (named after his uncle) from the Southern Nurserymen’s Association, that Association’s most prestigious award, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the American Association of Nurserymen in 1998.


    In addition to his many years of dedication and service in the Nursery industry, John was very active in his community. He served as Chairman of the Board of First National Bank of Grady County (FNB) from 1978 to 2000. After FNB merged with Capital City Bank Group in 2000, John was on the Board of CCBG, and remained involved at Capital City Bank of Cairo until recently. He was elected Grady County Citizen of the Year in 1981. He was Chairman of the Regional Community Center of Cairo, President of the Rotary Club and of the Chamber of Commerce. He served on the First Methodist Church of Cairo Board, and the Board of Trustees of Archbold Hospital. He was Chairman of the Roddenbery Memorial Library, and served on the Board of Trustees of Thomas University. In 2008, Thomas University presented him with the William Cameron Forbes Award in recognition to his support and lifelong contributions to education.


    Throughout his wonderful life, John served with great energy, humility and gratitude. Along the way he became a trusted and endeared friend to many. It was said of John, if he liked you, he loved you. In business, he sought to follow the Golden Rule, which he believed would make each transaction a win/win.


    Whether at the beach, in the garden he shared with Beth, in the woods, or the NC Mountains, he was an avid outdoorsman. John loved salt and fresh water fishing, hunting, and golfing – especially in the company of family and friends. He was a founding member of the Romeos and sailed in the Beachton Yacht Club.


    Memorial services will be held at Cairo First United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation afterwards in the FUMC Fellowship Hall.


    Memorials may be made in Mr. Wight’s memory to: Archbold Foundation, Attention, Vann Middleton, (designate Hospice of Southwest Georgia), 910 South Broad St., Thomasville, GA 31792; or Cairo First United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 318 South Broad Street, Cairo, GA 39828.


    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Johnny Wight. We are thankful for the support he gave to this association and our industry for so many years.

  • 01 May 2017 3:50 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    McMinnville resident and Florence, AL native Bryson Lemoine James, Ph.D. was born September 12, 1930 and died April 29, 2017 at St. Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, TN following an extended illness.


    Bryson received his bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Auburn University (then A.P.I.) in 1951 and, after completing military service in the U.S. Air Force, went on to earn master’s (1956) and Ph.D. (1959) degrees at The Ohio State University.


    Dr. James was a former Professor of Horticulture at the University of North Carolina, former Director of Horticultural Research at the University of Florida and after moving to McMinnville, he became a Consulting Horticulturist with the nursery industry and many other clients. He served as Director of Horticultural Research for the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) for 37 years (1972 - 2008). During this time he coordinated the annual SNA Research Conference and edited the proceedings. He was active in the conference (from its beginning in 1958) for 50 years. The annual Dr. Bryson L. James Student Research Competition was named in honor of his service to this important program.

    In 1969, he received the SNA Slater Wright Memorial Award, the highest recognition given to nursery professionals in the South. He was awarded an Honorary SNA Membership in 2004. James was named the Florida Nurserymen Women’s Auxiliary Man of the Year in 1973 and, the following year, was also honored by the Florida Nursery and Growers Association for outstanding contributions to horticulture.


    James was also a longtime participant and Fellow in the International Plant Propagator’s Society southern region. In 1993, he was awarded the Society’s highest honor—the Sidney Meadows Award of Merit. He was also a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Weed Science Society of America, and the American Horticultural Society. In 2004, Bryson was inducted into the Auburn University Hall of Honor – with the sole purpose to bestowing honor and recognition upon living Alabamians who have made significant contributions to the state’s agricultural industry.

    Bryson was the son of the late Edward Newman and Ira Belle Denton James and a member of Christ Family Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Marie James and brother, Edward Ira James.


    Dr. James was married July 6, 1991 to Frances Pedigo James of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Edward Michael (Miriam) James of Gettysburg, PA; three step-daughters, Deborah (Ernest) Frankenberg and Cynthia Preston both of McMinnville and Gerlinde (Collier) Rogers of Rock Island, TN; step-grandson, Michael (Talitha) Oettinger, Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN; two step-great-grandchildren, Lucy and Berean Oettinger; three brothers, Dr. Jesse Clopton (Barbara) James of Huntsville, AL, Malcolm Wallace (Jean) James of Byron, GA and Graham Farris (Clara) James of Cypress Inn, TN; sister, Vera James Holt of St. Louis, MO; sister-in-law, Pauline James; Byron, GA and several nieces and nephews.


    Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in High's Chapel (101 North College St, McMinnville, TN 37110) with Charlie Parkerson, Danny Summers and Christopher Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory with full military honors administered by VFW Post 5064 and American Legion Post 173. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm Monday, May 1 and 10:00 am until 12:30 pm on Tuesday, May 2 at High's.


    A full obituary and guest book can be found at:  http://www.highfuneralhome.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4210951&fh_id=11416


    SNA would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. James. We honor the many years of service he so freely gave to the association and the horticulture industry.

  • 09 Jan 2017 4:41 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SNA Past President Richard L. "Dick" Ammon Passes Away


    Our Deepest Sympathy Goes Out to the Ammon Family


    Richard L. "Dick" Ammon, age 87 died January the 1st at St. Elizabeth Hospice Unit in Edgewood. He was the founder of Ammon Landscape, Inc. in Burlington where he also resided. Richard was a member of Burlington Baptist Church.


    Richard was born April 10, 1929, in Covington, Kentucky. He attended high school in Florence, and studied one year at the University of Kentucky. During his high school years, his father purchased a small farm that sparked his desire to learn how to grow plants. In 1949, he married the former Shirley Howard and they had two children. 


    Dick served as president of Southern Nursery Association (1974) and was a founding director of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund (1989) and also served as president of the fund. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association and the Cincinnati Landscape Association.


    He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Survivors include his wife of 65 years Shirley Ammon; one daughter Pamela Bulla and a son Greg Ammon; 2 brothers Robert and Dr. John Ammon. Richard was Pawpaw to 4 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


    Visitation will be Thursday January 5th from 12 noon until 2pm at Linnemann Funeral Home and Event Center, Burlington. Funeral Service will follow at 2pm. Burial will be private in Hopeful Cemetery.


    More details may be found at http://www.linnemannfuneralhomes.com/obituary/richard-l-ammon/


    SNA would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Dick Ammon. We are thankful for his dedication and the work he did for the association and our industry.

  • 19 Dec 2016 5:37 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the proceedings of the 61st Annual SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been compiled and is now available online at www.sna.org. This 183-page proceedings, provided free to the industry, is downloadable, searchable, and printable.


    The 2016 proceedings includes eleven sections of the latest horticultural research on Plant Breeding and Evaluation, Container Grown Plant Production, Economics and Marketing, Entomology, Field Production, Floriculture, Landscape, Pathology and Nematology, Propagation, Water Management, and Weed Control. Thirty-nine titles were presented by 78 authors from eight states. A complete list of titles can be found in the Covers and Introduction section, page viii.


    The annual publication SNA Research Conference Proceedings, from 1991 to 2016, is available on the SNA website at www.sna.org in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing, printing, or downloading (25 years and 3,079 titles comprised of 12,074 pages). When downloaded, the PDF file is searchable.


    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the county. Hundreds of topics in thirteen categories are shared in presentations that run approximately seven minutes each. A printed agenda and the conference format permits selection of research topics of special interest for those interested in attending. All industry members are invited to attend.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for August 1 – 2, 2017 and will be held in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference in Athens, GA. More details will be available soon. For more information on the SNA Research Conference or SNA , contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.

  • 07 Dec 2016 2:26 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    2016 Bryson L. James Student Competition Award Winners (Left to Right).

    Nastaran Basiri, Zhitong Li, M. Terri Williams, David Gianino, Geoffrey Weaver, 

    Avery Lamb, and Shuyang Zhen



    Atlanta, Ga., December 5, 2016 Seven students from four universities were presented cash awards totaling $2,500 for their presentations at the Bryson L. James Student Competition held during the 61st SNA Research Conference. The awards were presented on Wednesday, August 31, at The Classic Center, Athens, GA, during the SNA Research Conference Luncheon.


    The competition, sponsored by Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is named in honor of Dr. Bryson L. James, McMinnville, TN, a researcher and consultant who served as SNA Director of Research for over 30 years. Any student of a university or college having researchers that participate in the Southern Nursery Association Research Conference and not more than a one academic year has passed since their graduation and whose research was completed prior to graduation can participate in the competition. Judging is based on paper preparation and oral presentation. The competition is divided into three categories of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S.


    First place winners of $500 each included Shuyang Zhen, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), David Gianino, University of Georgia  (M.S.), and Avery Lamb, Auburn University(B.S.). Second place winners of $300 each included Geoffrey Weaver, University of Georgia (Ph.D.), and M. Terri Williams, North Carolina State University (M.S.). Third place winners of $200 each included Nastaran  Basiri Jahromi, University of Tennessee(Ph.D.), and Zhitong Li, University of Georgia (M.S.). In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.


    The SNA Research Conference, which began in 1956, is the country's longest running woody ornamental research conference and provides a forum for horticultural researchers to communicate relevant and recent research findings to the industry. Its origin cannot be traced to any one individual, but the roots were planted by several SNA board members that recognized the need to consolidate duplicate research programs throughout the region. From an informal effort of compiling papers gathered from several horticultural research centers and assembled and printed, this two-day Horticultural Research Conference is held annually and has become world-renowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country.


    Research presented at the SNA Research Conference is published in the annual "SNA Research Conference Proceedings" available on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Proceedings from 1991 - 2016 are available with 3,079  titles comprised of 12,074 pages. The 2016 SNA Research Conference Proceedings is now available on the SNA website at www.sna.org.


    The 62nd Annual SNA Research Conference is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, August 1 – 2, 2017, in conjunction with the SEGreen Conference, produced by SNA, in Athens, GA.

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association represents the horticulture industry in the Southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Oct 2016 10:56 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    SEGreen – The Next Generation

    SEGreen Conference Scheduled for 

    August 1 - 3, 2017 in Athens, Georgia


    Atlanta, Ga., October 24, 2016 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced plans for the next generation of SEGreen. Transforming from a traditional trade show format, the SEGreen Conference will have a clear focus on connecting the industry to identify today’s business challenges and opportunities, develop new insights and solutions, and deliver strategic education for all segments of the horticulture industry. Education will be divided into major areas of focus with content and hands-on training designed to further develop careers and expand business.


    The SEGreen Conference, scheduled for August 1 – August 3, 2017, at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia, will offer industry professionals a dynamic and interactive experience with tours, education, keynote sessions, and participant-driven roundtable discussions.


    The conference will kick off with a tour of local nurseries on August 1. Other tour options will include the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Trial Gardens at UGA, and a UGA Campus Tour.


    The conference will include the SEGreen Plant Conference, the SEGreen Landscape Conference, and the SNA Research Conference (August 2-3). SNA will be conducting annual business as well with 119th Annual SNA Business Meeting, and the SNA State Officer’s Conference. 


    The SEGreen Plant Conference will unveil some of the hottest new plants coming to market, the best practices for growing, and offer a unique opportunity to learn from leading industry plant experts. The SEGreen Landscape Conference will feature sessions on plant selection, pest and desease management, business developments, and design, estimating, and installation workshops for the novice or master alike. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for industry and pesticide certifications and licensing programs. The SNA Research Conference will offer cutting-edge content of the latest horticultural research. These top researchers, from across the country, will participate throughout the event.


    This transformation will allow the traditional exhibitor to participate as a sponsor of the event. Sponsorship packages will include all-access passes to allow face-to-face engagement throughout the three days of tours, keynotes, roundtables and educational sessions to create meaningful business relationships without time constraints. The sponsor package will also include tabletop display space, as well as other promotion before, during and after the event. SEGreen will provide a platform to communicate, demonstrate, train or simply engage with customers on a personal, one-to-one level.


    “This new format will allow both buyers and sellers more face time to more fully interact, share, and learn without the barriers of the typical trade show format,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “Our 2016 educational program was a very focused program with such valuable content and lots of exhibitors wanted to participate in the sessions, but they were tied to their booth. I am excited about this evolution, and I am confident the 2017 event will have new energy, with substantive conversations, and provocative discussions, providing insights and new perspectives for everyone involved,” she added.


    Athens has a lot to offer – from art, shopping, dining and nightlife to gardens, local nurseries and retail garden centers. The Classic Center, located in downtown Athens, Georgia, offers state-of-the-art technology in modern spaces perfectly paired with restored historical structures. Numerous hotels, restaurants and pubs are within walking distance. Connected by five major highways and convenient to two interstates that link Athens to the Atlanta and the Greenville-Spartanburg International airports.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    More details of SEGreen will be released in the coming weeks. For further information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org, or the SEGreen website at www.segreen.org.


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  • 12 Oct 2016 3:08 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)



    2016 - 2017 SNA Board of Directors. Pictured left to right.  Front row:  Michael Hobbs, Immediate Past President, Dusty Knight, newly elected President, Norman Cole, III, Vice President/Treasurer, Director Chapter 1. Back row"  Karen Summers, Executive Vice President, Rickey Minton, Director Chapter 3, Joseph Napoli, Director Chapter 2. Newly appointed Director Chapter 3, Todd Ellefson, was not present.



    Atlanta, Ga., October 10, 2016 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2016 - 2017 term were elected during the 118th annual meeting held at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga., during SEGreen. The election, open to all active SNA members, determines representation from the four geographic regions of the association:


    Chapter 1 – Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia

    Chapter 2 – Florida, Georgia and South Carolina

    Chapter 3 – Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee

    Chapter 4 – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas


    Dusty Knight, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL, was elected president succeeding Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN.


    The complete slate of 2016-2017 officers and directors is as follows:


    Dusty Knight, President, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL

    Norman Cole, III, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 1, Cole Nurseries, Pipestem, WV

    Joseph Napoli, Director Chapter 2, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA

    Rickey Minton, Director Chapter 3, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN

    Todd Ellefson, Director Chapter 4, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA

    Michael Hobbs, Immediate Past President, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN


    Newly elected SNA President Dusty Knight is from Franklinton, LA, where he worked for Windmill Nursery and Zelenka Nursery of Folsom, LA for 20 years.  In 2000, he and his wife Joan moved to Prattville, AL, where he brought that 20 years of experience to Plantation Tree Company as manager. Plantation Tree Company has over 400 acres of premium quality field-grown shade and ornamental trees and shrubs in production. Established in 1993, Plantation Tree Company has quickly set the standard for quality field grown trees and ornamentals and introduced three plants to the industry. A superb Vitex 'Lilac Queen', an unusual Magnolia 'Cinnamon Twist', and an outstanding magnolia that has become a standard in the industry the 'Green Giant' Magnolia.


    Dusty was elected to serve on the SNA Board of Directors in 2013 representing Chapter 4.

    Dusty and Joan have two children and three grandchildren. Dusty is an avid hunter, fisherman, and loves to spend time with his grandchildren.


    The new industry leader joining the SNA Board this year is Todd Ellefson, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA. Todd was born into the nursery industry and is the grandson of John B. Wight, Jr.  He is a 5th generation nurseryman.  Todd began working full time in the field at Wight Nurseries in Cairo, Georgia, in 1995.  After four years in the field, he moved into a sales role with Wight Nurseries and continued in sales with Monrovia Nursery from 1999 until 2003.  In 2003, Todd teamed up with George Hackney and John B. Wight Jr. to acquire Windmill Nursery in Franklinton, LA.  There he served as sales manager, then general manager, and now president and managing partner.


    Todd has served the industry and has been an active board member in several associations.  He served as president of the Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association and the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.  Todd also was a representative for Louisiana with the American Nursery and Landscape Association.


    His work and commitment to the industry has been recognized by several associations.  He was awarded the Young Professional of the Year in 2007, and Professional of the Year in 2015, by the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association.  In 2009, he was presented the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award by the Southern Nursery Association.


    Todd is married to Stacy Ellefson, and they have four children Chase, Lexi, Riley and Reese.


    “This 2016-2017 board represents a group of industry leaders with a broad variety of perspectives and excellent business skills that can be leveraged to the advantage of the association,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “As a regional association we are very fortunate to have the advantage of looking around the region for members that have served at the state level and select strong leadership to lead our association. With the guidance of this group of gentlemen, I am very confident we will become stronger and better serve our membership and our industry,” she added.


    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.


    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.


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  • 11 Oct 2016 3:41 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2016 SNA Awards. The awards were presented at the 118th Annual SNA Business Meeting on Thursday, September 1, at The Classic Center in Athens, GA during SEGreen.


    The SNA Awards Program began in 1956, when the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. This first award, considered a lifetime achievement award, was named the Slater Wight Memorial Award in memory of the late J. Slater Wight, brother of the late John B. Wight, Sr. Nomination. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


    This year’s recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Eelco Henry Tinga, Jr. of Tinga Nursery, Castle Hayne, NC. Eelco has lived in Wilmington, North Carolina his entire life and is a third generation nurseryman. Tinga Nursery was founded in 1913 by Eelco’s grandfather Eelco I. Tinga. The Tingas had three sons: John, who retired as a commercial cut flower and soy bean farmer; Jacob, a Doctor of Horticulture, retired from the University of Georgia; and Eelco who retired from the Tinga Nursery. The Nursery is now operated by Eelco Sr.’s son and grandson, Eelco H. Tinga, Jr., and Eelco H. Tinga, III, who has two sons, Eelco, IV and Fisher. They hope that the fifth generation of Tingas will manage the business in the future.


    Eelco has also been active in the industry most of his life. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the North Carolina Landscape Contractor Registration Board, President of the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen in 1988 and again in 2001, President of the Cape Fear Plant Professionals, member of the Executive Board of the Cape Fear Council BSA, President of the New Hanover County Farm Bureau and vice President of the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association. He has also served as President of the International Plant Propagator’s Society-Southern North America Region in 2001, and President of the Southern Nursery Association (2009) and remained on the board through 2014 having served a total of 11 years.


    Eelco, Jr. and his wife Linda reside in Wilmington, NC. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. In his time away from the nursery, Eelco enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, photography and water skiing.


    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the State Associations within the SNA region with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


    This year’s recipient of the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is Matthew W. Sawyer, CEO of Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Smithfield, VA. Born in Portsmouth, VA, Matthew attended Nansemond Suffolk Academy and received a B.S. in a combined major of business and aviation from Averett University in Danville, VA. He began working at the family nursery in 1994 at the age of 13 in the propagation department.  Through the years he has worked in production, shipping, sales, and marketing.  Matthew held the position of VP of Operations from 2007 to 2015, until his father’s (Wayne Sawyer) untimely passing in 2015 when he stepped into the role of CEO. 


    Matthew has served on the Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association board from 2007 to 2014, and served as President in 2013. He served as Chair of the Virginia Nursery Association Horticulture Research Foundation (2007-2013) and coordinated the annual Research Gala Auction increasing the endowment from $630,000 to $698,000 while still funding over $215,000 in grants.  He also served on the Landscape Distribution board of ANLA and is currently working with IPPS Southern Region to plan their annual meeting in Virginia this fall.

     

    In his spare time, Matthew enjoys aviation, snowboarding, and spending time on the water. He and his wife Melanie are expecting their first child (a daughter).

     

    Established by the SNA Board in 1992, the SNA Pinnacle Award is given to the individual within the allied industry who, in the opinion of the SNA Board, has contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the south and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. This award is limited to SNA members. Nomination and selection of recipients is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipient of the SNA Pinnacle Award is Howard Smith of Haviland Plastics Products. After serving in the Marine Corps, Howard graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in 1971, with emphasis in World History. He earned a Master of Science Degree from Stetson University, in DeLand, Florida (1975), with emphasis on Economics and History. Howard taught Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, and Political Science at Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach until 1984, and served as Head Tennis Coach from 1979-1984 while teaching there.

     

    In 1975, he and his father, Gene Smith, developed and pioneered the industry’s first large poly growing container, and started Hercules Nursery Containers, Inc. Their first poly containers were specifically designed for specimen and interior trees.

    In 1995, Hercules Nursery Containers merged with IEM Plastics, which was subsequently purchased by the Lerio Corporation.  Howard worked with the Lerio Corporation and Nursery Supplies until 2003, when he joined Haviland Plastic Products as Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Tier of States to assist the Haviland family in their innovations.

     

    Howard served on FNGLA’s Florida East Coast Chapter Board of Directors from 1978-1982, and has been active in SNA’s Disaster Relief Team since 2004.

     

    “I take great pride in promoting HPPs environmental accomplishments utilizing recycled plastics and producing the majority of our energy from renewable sources. I have enjoyed working with growers and their teams over the past four decades developing better ways to green the planet, and I am proud to say that many close personal relationships have been developed over the years with such a wonderful cadre of people,” Smith said.

     

    His hobbies include traveling, photography, boating, golfing, entertaining, coin collecting, and NASCAR. He and his wife of 40 years, Roben, reside in Daytona Beach with their toy poodle, Cinnamon.

     

    Established by the SNA Board in 1999, the SNA Environmental Award recognizes individuals and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and through their voluntary efforts exemplified inspiration, vision, innovation, leadership and action to preserve and protect the environment. This award is not limited to SNA members or to the horticulture industry. Nominations for this prestigious award are made by the SNA Participating State Associations and SNA Members with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    This year’s recipients of the SNA Environmental Award is Tim Thoms, Thoms Trees and Plants, Fayetteville, GA. Thoms Trees specializes in locating quality trees and shrubs for landscape projects. A registered Landscape Architect who has been in the industry for more than 30 years, Tim’s list of contacts and sources for quality materials means he has the experience to find plants that meet his customer’s needs for quality, value and needed delivery time. His past projects include the Carter Presidential Library, the John Portman residence, Centennial Olympic Park, Auburn University Toomers Corner Oaks, East Lake Golf Club, Lindbergh City Center, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


    Tim has been an industry leader on water issues for more than 20 years and has spent countless hours away from his business working on behalf of the industry with little notice or appreciation. He played an integral part in the early days of the Georgia Water Wise Council that seeks to bring together the green industry along with water providers and environmental groups to find common ground on water conservation. He has also served with the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, many times being the sole voice representing the industry among hundreds of elected officials and regulators. Finally, Tim served as the only green industry representative on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Stakeholders group which worked for 3 years to develop operational plans for the basin and its reservoirs. This monumental effort brought together stakeholders from Georgia, Alabama and Florida all focused on protecting their interest’s right to water while working to find a solution that would work for all. Tim has become a recognized and knowledgeable source on outdoor water issues. His integrity and experience on the topic make him an invaluable member of the industry in Georgia and beyond.

     

    Tim is a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA), Georgia Farm Bureau, Georgia Urban Forest Council, and International Society of Arborists (ISA). He has served with the Metro Atlanta Water District, ACF Stakeholders, the Georgia Chapter of ASLA, the UGA School of Environmental Design, and the GGIA. He is a prior winner of the GGIA-Jake Tinga Distinguished Professional Award. He is a GGIA Certified Plant Professional, and a GGIA Certified Nursery Professional. He is also a registered Landscape Architect and ISA Certified Arborist.

     

    Away from his business, Tim has been actively involved in his community having previously chaired the Fayette County Planning Commission, teaching classes and coordinating youth activities at his church, as well as working with local youth sports and youth civic associations. Besides thoroughly enjoying his marriage of 32 years to Betsy Heefner, and his son, daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, Tim values cooking, officiating football and baseball, and friend and family time at Lake Burton.

     

    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural research and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 - 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to the SNA. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry.

     

    The recipient of the 2016 Porter Henegar Memorial Award is Dr. John Lea-Cox, Professor and Nursery Research and Extension Specialist at the University of Maryland, College Park where he teaches courses in Principles of Water and Nutrient Management, Greenhouse Crop Production and co-teaches Senior Capstone and Sustainable Seminar courses. 

     

    His research and extension programs are focused primarily on increasing the efficiency of water and nutrient applications in the nursery and greenhouse industries. He leads the water and nutrient management extension program for ornamental production in Maryland, with one other colleague. To date, this program has trained over 130 professionals and growers who have written over 350 water and nutrient management plans for nursery and greenhouse operations.

     

    John currently leads a national $5.16M USDA-NIFA specialty crops project, which is developing advanced sensor-based networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management in nursery and greenhouse systems. During his career, John has established or co-established five major research and extension programs, co-authored one book and five book chapters, published 24 peer-reviewed journal articles, 32 national and international conference papers, and more than 60 society, trade or extension articles.  He has been invited to speak at more than 50 International and national conferences, and has given more than 300 other national, regional presentations and workshops.

     

    John received the SNA Environmental Award in 2013 for his work in the development of advanced sensor-based wireless networks for decision-based irrigation and nutrient management.

     

    The Don Shadow Award of Excellence, named for the first recipient, Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN, is presented to an individual, corporation or organization that has provided exemplary service, leadership and generosity in the development, promotion and use of new and improved landscape plants. Recipients must demonstrate a sincere commitment to and passion for expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. Nominations are accepted from attendees of the Southern Plant Conference and SNA Members. Nominees may be carried forward from one year to the next. Selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.

     

    The 2016 recipient of the Don Shadow Award of Excellence is Dr. Michael A. Dirr. Retired Professor, University of Georgia, world renowned plant breeder and evangelist, author and speaker.

     

    Dirr earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Horticulture from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Plant Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. Upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts, Dirr was an Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he continued to work until 1978. He then became a Mercer Fellow at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University through 1979. In 1979, he became the Director of the University of Georgia Botanical Garden. In 1981, he returned to teaching and research at the University of Georgia and was promoted to Professor in 1984.

     

    From 1981 to 2007 Dr. Dirr fostered the University of Georgia Plant Introduction program, a program widely emulated by other universities. His program has contributed more than 100 new plants to the industry, with 13 patents. In October of 2003 Dr. Dirr officially retired from the University of Georgia and as a tribute to his many contributions to the plant world, the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia established the Michael A. Dirr Endowed Professorship for Woody Plant Instruction and Introduction. The endowment will insure that future faculty members will embody the commitment to teaching, research and woody plant introduction exemplified by Dr. Dirr.

     

    Dr. Dirr’s influence in horticulture is far reaching. From landscape and nursery industry professionals to the home gardener, his teaching and research have impacted the way we interact with woody landscape plants. He has published more than 300 scientific and popular publications, and has authored 12 books. His book, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture and Propagation and Uses is one of the most widely adopted reference text in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture education. It has sold over 500,000 copies.

     

    Dr. Michael Dirr continues his quest to bring only the most outstanding plants to market. He is a founding partner of Plant Introductions, Inc. PII breeds, evaluates and introduces new woody and herbaceous plants for the nursery industry. The companyʼs new breeding, propagation, production and testing facilities are located in Watkinsville, GA.

     

    The SNA Board of Directors also honors individuals that have served this association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association with honorary membership awards. This year, three deserving industry members (Ted Stephens, Marc Teffeau, and Tom Yeager, ) received SNA Honorary Member Awards. Each recipient has made outstanding contributions to the association and the industry during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association.

     

    Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana, North Augusta, SC

    Ted was born a plantsman. His sandbox served as his first propagation bed and he spent his allowance on plants and garden supplies. So there was no surprise when Ted received his BS and MS degrees in Ornamental Horticulture at Clemson University. From 1969-1972, he taught Horticulture in the Department of Golf Course and Landscape Operations at Lake City Community College, Lake City, Florida.

     

    In 1973, he founded Nurseries Caroliniana, in North Augusta, SC, a retail garden center focusing on offering rare and unusual plant material to the gardening public. In 1990, a wholesale division was begun to offer plants to other nurseries throughout the Southeast.


    Ted travels to Japan and other foreign countries on a regular basis to collect new plant selections for introduction to the American market. He is also introducing a number of his own selections which he has developed in selective breeding programs. Among these is Loropetalum ‘Carolina Moonlight’™, which is a compact white flowering form of Chinese Fringe. Loropetalum ‘Carolina Midnight’™; an upright deep burgundy foliage form with red flowers; Loropetalum ‘Garnet Fire’™, Albizia julibrissin  ‘Merlot Majik’™, a deep burgundy colored leaf Mimosa; Ilex vomitoria ‘Carolina Ruby’™ PP# 19266, a female, compact growing Yaupon Holly with one of the heaviest berry crops of any holly, and “Distylium myricoides ‘Spring Frost’ PPAF, a compact form with white spring new growth.”

     

    Ted has served as the president of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association and has received its “Outstanding Contribution to the Nursery Industry” award. He currently serves on the advisory board for the SCmBotanical Garden, Clemson, SC and The Center for Applied Nursery Research, Dearing, GA.

     

    Nurseries Caroliniana has recently begun a mail order division, where many of their plants are shipped nationally and globally. They ship to other nurseries in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France and England, where they wish to add new cultivars of southern natives as well as other new selections from Nurseries Caroliniana to their offerings.

     

    K. Marc Teffeau, former ANLA Director of Horticultural Research and HRI, Canton, GA

    Marc was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Prince George’s County Maryland and is a career horticulturalist and adult educator by training. He has more than 40 years of experience in the horticulture industry.  His early career days were spent as an extension horticulturalist with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension (from 1974 through 2004) before joining the staff of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) where he retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs. He also served as Director of Research and Staff Administrator.

     

    Marc holds an ED.D (A.B.D. Educational Innovation and Leadership) at Wilmington University, and B.S. (Agriculture/Conservation and Resource Development), and a M.S. (Adult, Extension and Continuing Education, Concentration: Ornamental Horticulture) from the University of Maryland – College Park. He is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (C.P.H.) (Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association), a Certified Professional Horticulturalist (C.P.H.) - Specialist in Compost and Compost Utilization, and Commercial Compost Facility Manager Certification (Maryland Department of Agriculture).

     

    Marc is also a Free-lance garden writer (Tidewater Gardening – monthly gardening column in regional Eastern Shore of Maryland publication Tidewater Times) and contributor to various nation industry publications including Nursery Management, NM PRO, American Nurseryman and local publications including the Delmarva Farmer and the Delmarva Gardener.

     

    Upon retiring from ANLA/HRI in 2013, Marc and his wife Linda relocated from Maryland’s Eastern Shore to north Georgia to be closer to family. He continues to be involved in supporting the nursery industry by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Foundation, and volunteers to assist SNA with their annual event. He is also a University of Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer - Cherokee County Master Gardener, since 2014 and is President-Elect of the Cherokee County Master Gardener Association.

     

    Dr. Tom Yeager, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville, Florida

    Tom is a native of Alabama, where he managed a wholesale container nursery before pursuing graduate studies in Virginia. After completing his Ph.D., he assumed extension and research responsibilities at the University of Florida, where a team approach and partnerships have resulted in significant achievements.  One such accomplishment was leading the development of a Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for nursery crops. Several universities, governmental agencies, and the nursery industry worked cooperatively to write the BMP Guide that was printed and distributed by the Southern Nursery Association. Another significant accomplishment was the enhancement of cooperation between governmental agencies and the nursery industry in Florida. Tom worked with a task force to craft BMPs that provide nursery plant producers the opportunity to obtain a waiver of state imposed liability from ground and surface water contamination. 

     

    The long-term objectives of Tom’s research and extension programs are to develop and implement the use of irrigation schedules based on plant water needs. Applying the precise amount of water needed by plants will conserve water and minimize nutrient loss to the environment.  Precision irrigation is accomplished by the implementation of management strategies based on model systems in which plant growth and nutrient loss (efficiency) are predicted from environmental and physical inputs. The adoption of this science-based information obtained from the research program is disseminated to the nursery industry through the network of university extension personnel conducting county and regional educational programs in addition to industry association seminars, print, and electronic media.

     

    Yeager has been instrumental in numerous research projects and industry papers. He received the SNA Environmental Award (2003), was recognized as the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Outstanding Specialist (2003), the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Sidney B. Meadows Award (2008), and elected as a Fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region (2010).

     

    SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements. The SNA Awards Program is designed to recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through these annual awards. For a list of previous SNA award winners, visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

    Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.

     

    Photos of all award winners can be found on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

    For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.

     

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