Atlanta, Ga., January 28, 2020 – Officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2020 term were elected during the 121st Annual SNA Business Meeting held at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference. 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
Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN, was elected president succeeding Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA.
The complete slate of 2020 officers and directors is as follows:
President: Rickey Minton, Triangle Nursery, McMinnville, TN
Vice Pres/Treas/Director Chapter 4: Todd Ellefson, Windmill Nursery, Franklinton, LA
Director Chapter 1: Matthew Shreckhise, Shreckhise Nurseries, Grottoes, VA
Director Chapter 2: Marcus Cook, Marcus Cook Farms, Gray Court, SC
Director Chapter 3: Jerry Blankenship, Blankenship Farms and Nursery, McMinnville, TN
Immediate Past President: Joseph Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA
Newly elected SNA President Rickey Minton holds a B.S. Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University, a Masters in Global Studies from Liberty University, and a Ph. D. from Trinity University in Religious Studies. He has been the owner of Triangle Nursery since 1995, a 500-acre field and container production nursery. In addition to his nursery, Rickey is involved in several business ventures. Rickey is also a Pastor and Missionary in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Africa. He is a Billy Graham Evangelical Association Chaplain and Tennessee State Prison Chaplain. His Hobbies include fishing, hunting, and boating. Rickey has been married to Greta (Porter) for 38 years. They have two boys Zach and Wes, and two grandchildren Lake and Landon.
Joining the SNA Board this year is Jerry Blankenship. Jerry, along with his wife Beth, own and operate Blankenship Farms and Nursery, McMinnville, TN. Jerry is past president of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) and was awarded TNLA Young Farmer of the Year (2003) and the TNLA Nurseryman of the Year (2014). In 2005, he was awarded SNA’s David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award. Jerry has served on the Tennessee Department of Transportation Highway Beautification Committee and the US National Arboretum Horticulture Advisory Board. He and Beth have three children, Katie Beth Stanfield, Emilie, and William. Jerry enjoys being crew chief for his dirt late model racecar driven by his son, William. He is a deacon at Westwood Church of Christ.
“This board represents a group of very diverse leaders from across the southeast, all with excellent business skills,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “We are fortunate to have such an experienced and talented group of board members who are committed to advancing the SNA, and I am very confident in their abilities to lead this 121-year-old association forward,” she added.
The business and affairs of the Southern Nursery Association are managed by a Board of Directors consisting of six members: one from each of the four Chapters, the Vice President/Treasurer, the President and the Immediate Past President. Members of the Board of Directors are elected by the membership for one-year terms. When the Director from any of the four Chapters is elected to the office of the President, a new Director from the same Chapter is elected to replace that position. While the SNA Board of Directors has general governing power, it delegates certain authority to committees, officers and staff in order to facilitate proper operation. The Executive Vice President, appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors, is the only paid officer and manages the day-to-day affairs of the association. Karen Summers currently serves as the SNA Executive Vice President.
Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.