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  • 28 Jul 2011 7:23 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    July 28, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – Forwarding their mission of providing a higher level of member services, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the launch of their new website (http://www.sna.org). 

    After months of work, this completely revamped site is a must for buyers and sellers of horticulture-related products in the southeast. The new design was streamlined with a fresh new look and a wealth of resources featuring significantly improved navigation and usability as well as content.

    The new site features a customizable member and product search that allows users to locate people, companies and products with just a few keystrokes, streamlined access to more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research white papers, upcoming regional and national events, event registration, and more. A "Members Only" area offers SNA members an interactive community through sixteen various forums and access to information about exclusive member discounts.

    Through an integrated membership database, new member listings are active and searchable the moment they join. Members can log in and update their company information at any time. Automated renewal notices will direct members to the website where they can renew and pay online through a secure credit card payment system. 

    In addition, an email blast system and blogging module will provide an easy method of interaction and communication with members about upcoming events and important industry news.

    "We want our site to be the go-to source for locating horticultural products in the southeast region through our electronic marketplace, as well as a comprehensive resource for regional news and information," stated Karen Summers, Interim Executive Vice President. "I'm excited about the new features of the site and what it will mean to the future of our association - and the industry."

    Future plans for the new SNA website include an online newsletter, advertising opportunities for members and a job board.

    The launch of this new website should signal to its members that the Southern Nursery Association is actively taking steps to become more relevant to its members with through improving its functionality and focusing on issues that cross state lines and impact the region.

    Established in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional 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 provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

    For more information on the SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Tel:  804.224.9352, Email:  mail@sna.org or visit www.sna.org.

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  • 12 Jul 2011 3:09 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    July 12, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is undergoing an extreme makeover. There’s no radical surgery involved, but it’s certainly more than a fresh coat of paint or a new logo. This will never be a tv reality show, but it’s a story worth telling.


    After several years of economic pressure, industry change and consolidation, the 112-year old association found itself in a downward spiral. But a dedicated board of directors and a core group of past presidents and members decided the association was worth saving.


    It’s no more business as usual for SNA. The future focus will be on issues that cross state lines and impact the region. Vital industry services, current news and relevant information will be delivered online through a new website scheduled to go live very soon. This new website will feature a virtual marketplace, more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research, industry forums, blogs, email alerts, and more.


    At a recent board meeting, several committees were designated and will be functioning soon. These new committees will assist with efforts to provide communication, education, information and marketing opportunities throughout the region. In addition, the annual business meeting and research conference have been scheduled and will be held in conjunction with the GSHE in Mobile, AL in January of 2012.


    You can expect to see many changes and lots of activity in the coming months as the new website is launched, committees developed, member surveys conducted, regional news and information disseminated once again, and industry leaders recognized through the SNA awards program. The end result of this makeover is sure to leave everyone smiling as SNA moves forward with a new face! 

  • 17 Jun 2011 10:33 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Plans for the 2012 Annual Business Meeting are underway. The meeting is scheduled for January 2012 and will be held in conjunction with the Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE) in Mobile, Alabama. More details coming soon.
  • 17 Jun 2011 10:31 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The 2012 SNA Research Conference has been scheduled for January 18-19, 2012, in conjunction with the Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE) in Mobile, Alabama. More details on this and other activities will follow soon.
  • 28 Feb 2011 10:16 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The SNA office has relocated to Virginia. Our new contact information is:  894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443, Phone/Fax:  (804) 224-9352, Email:  mail@sna.org. You can expect to see more evidence that we are on the move... making lots of changes, enhancing your member services and providing you with regional information to help you succeed!
  • 21 Jan 2011 9:31 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA, January 21, 2011 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) board of directors announced today that Karen Summers has been appointed interim executive vice president for the association to fill the position made vacant by the departure of Steve Newton last year.


    The appointment comes after the SNA board of directors has set new directives for organizational change to rebuild and strengthen the association to achieve financial health and once again become an integral part of the horticulture industry in the southeast. Over the past few years, the association's financial stability has been shaken by the economic downturn, a decline in membership and no longer depending on a trade show for the major source of income. The newly elected board of directors plans to focus on member services that will promote the economic welfare of members as well as the association. The goal of the current board is to not only survive but thrive.


    Summers will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association as well as implementing the board’s strategic direction and plans. “I’m delighted that Karen has agreed to be our interim executive vice president,” said newly elected president Randy Bracy. “Her previous eighteen-year tenure with the association makes her an ideal choice to head our organization through this period of transition.”


    Summers brings nearly two decades of association experience serving as Director of Administration for the SNA from 1988 to 2006. During her tenure, she was instrumental in developing membership and booth sales to record levels, as well as building and improving member and exhibitor services. Since resigning from her position in 2006, Summers has enjoyed spending time with her family. “This extended career break came at a time in my life when my family needed me the most, but I am now ready to get back in the saddle and do whatever it takes to implement the new direction set by the SNA board and offer support to our members. I am grateful to the board for giving me the opportunity to provide leadership at this critical juncture,” Summers said.


    In the coming months, Summers will work with the SNA board of directors to evaluate the association’s strengths and weaknesses to allow accurate assessment of risks and opportunities, take strategic action, and set directives for organizational improvement. Immediate changes will include the closing of the Atlanta, Ga. office. Summers will maintain a home-based office during this interim time.


    The SNA board invites members to share their thoughts on issues critical to SNA’s future. These comments may be sent to mail@sna.org.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For further information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Voice/Fax: 804.224.9352, Email: mail@sna.org or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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    Southern Nursery Association, Inc., 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 

    Phone/Fax: 804-224-9352, Email: mail@sna.org, Website: www.sna.org

  • 21 Jan 2011 7:35 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA, January 21, 2011 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2010 - 2011 term were elected during the 112th annual meeting held at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama on January 20. 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


    Randall Bracy, Bracy’s Nursery, LLC, Amite, LA was elected president succeeding George Hackney.

    The complete slate of officers is as follows: Randall Bracy, President, Bracy’s Nursery, LLC, Amite, LA; William Boyd, Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 3, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN; Eelco Tinga, Jr., Past President and Director Chapter 1, Tinga Nurseries, Castle Hayne, NC; Richard May, Director Chapter 2, May Nursery, Havana, FL; Jeff Howell, Director Chapter 4, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS; George Hackney, Immediate Past President, Hackney Nursery Company, Quincey, FL


    Newly-elected SNA President, Randall Bracy, is owner of Bracy’s Nursery - a 150 acre container nursery located in Amite, Louisiana (75 miles North of New Orleans) Bracy's Nursery services independent garden centers and landscapers throughout the Southeast. Founded in 1986 by Randall and his wife Regina, Bracy's grows a full palate of plants from 1 to 45 gallon and carries a full line of branded plants from Encore, Southern Living, Proven Winners, and Knock-Out - just to name a few. Bracy’s has received industry recognition through awards for best booth at various trade shows and has also been the front cover spotlight article in Nursery Management Pro, Ornamental Outlook and other trade magazines. Bracy’s has also been acknowledged for its Backyard Oasis Program, which markets drought tolerant plants for its customers to offer to their customers.


    Raised on a dairy farm, Randy has been in agriculture all his life. He is a member and past president of both his local nursery association (Southeast Louisiana Nursery Association) and his state nursery association (Louisiana Nursery Association). He is a member of the International Plant Propagators Society and a member and past president of the Tangi Economic Development District. He currently serves on the Washington Parish Farm Bureau Board of Directors, is Chairman of the State Farm Bureau Labor Committee, and serves on the Louisiana Farm Bureau Horticulture Committee. As the owner of Bracy’s Nursery, he is a member of many state associations throughout the southeast including Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Randy has served on the SNA Board of Directors since 2006. Both he and his wife Regina are very passionate about the industry and proud to be a part of it. Regina is the Director of the LSU Ag Center Research Station, which deals with landscape management. They have been married 37 years and have two children; Kelly, age 31, is teaching in South Korea, and Matthew, age 21, is a senior at LSU.


    Richard May began working at the family nursery (May Nursery, Havana, FL) in 1990 at age 13 as a summer job spacing plants. He has done virtually every job at the nursery working summers from Middle school up through College until he began full-time employment in 2002. Since working at May Nursery in a permanent capacity he has managed Weed control, Pruning, Sales, and Research and Development. Richard now splits his time between Sales, Production scheduling, Purchasing, Quality Control and Pruning for the entire nursery.


    Richard was raised attending every SNA trade show as a child from the early 1980’s to the present. His grandfather, Fount May, Sr., served as SNA President 1987. Richard graduated from Auburn University in 2000 with a B.S. Agriculture Economics and a B.S. Horticulture - Ornamental Production. He was a recipient of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship in 2000. Richard was an Eagle Scout, is a graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Class VII - 2007-2009 – sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS, and is an active member of the International Plant Propagators Society 2003 to present. He is active in his local community and serves as Treasurer for the Gadsden County (FL) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a Youth Leader and Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, FL.


    Richard is an avid plant collector and has extensive collections of hydrangeas, azaleas, daylilies, rhododendrons, perennials, and native plants. He is married to Melissa McDaniel (May) from Norcross, GA. They have three children (Lawre Bradley – age 5, Lucy – age 3 and Fountain – age 5 months (named after his Grandfather (past SNA president.))


    Jeff Howell, is owner of Rocky Creek Nurseries, Inc. in Lucedale, Mississippi. Jeff’s parents, Owen and Connie, founded the company in 1962. Jeff is a third generation nurseryman. The nursery offers quality landscape plants including trees, flowering shrubs, roses, perennials, and fruit trees.

    Howell is active in his church, serves on the board of directors of the Southern Region of IPPS, and is chairman of his County Republican Party chapter and serves on the board of trustees of the George Regional Health System. He received the Southern Nursery Association’s David E. Laird Award in 1998 and served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 2003.


    Jeff and his wife Melinda have two sons - Tyler, 20 and Jeffrey 17.


    Newly appointed SNA Interim Executive Vice President Karen Summers is excited about the diversity of the SNA Board members, and believes this newly elected board will bring positive results for the association. “Bill Boyd and Eelco Tinga have graciously agreed to serve again on the SNA Board. Their experience and wisdom will be invaluable for this newly elected board,” Summers stated. “This group of men is dedicated to the industry and has a broad variety of ideas and perspectives on how SNA can meet the needs of its members. With upcoming planning meetings, I am optimistic about the new direction and goals we can set for SNA and our ability to fulfill these goals in the best interest of the industry,” she added.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

    For further information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Voice/Fax: 804.224.9352, Email: mail@sna.org or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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    Southern Nursery Association, Inc., 

    894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 

    Phone/Fax: 804-224-9352, Email: mail@sna.org, Website: www.sna.org

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