SNA Awards

SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements. Our 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 the press release and details on the SNA 2015 Award Recipients CLICK HERE.

SNA Members are encouraged to make nominations for the SNA Pinnacle Award and the SNA Environmental Award. Nomination forms can downloaded within each section.

 


Slater Wight Memorial Award


In 1956, 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. The 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 and selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


Recipients of this prestigious award are as follows:  


1956   A.S. Gresham, Jr.

1957   Richard H. Jones

1958   Henry B. Chase

1959   Tom Dodd, Sr.

1960   T.N. Nicholson

1961   Arthur J. Lancaster, Jr.

1962   Harvey Templeton, Jr.

1963   Hoskins Shadow

1964   Hubert A. Nicholson

1965   James M. Patterson

1966   C.J. Hayden

1967   Robert Marvin

1968   R.E. “Ed” Brown

1969   Dr. Bryson L. James

1970   Sidney B. Meadows

1971   Jacques L. Legendre

1972   Dwight Cain

1973   Porter Henegar

1974   Geddes Douglas, Sr.

1975   Rene Casadaban

1976   James T. Pursell

1977   Harold B. Thornhill

1978   Louis B. Hillenmeyer, Jr.

1979   John B. Wight, Jr.

1980   Troy Keeble

1981   A.D. Cartwright, Jr.

1982   Richard L. Ammon

1983   Bill Barton

1984   Raymond P. Oglesby

1985   Charles H. Parkerson

1986   Carl E. Whitcomb

1987   Don Shadow

1988   David Byers

1989   Thomas L. Henegar

1990   Tom Dodd, Jr.

1991   Frank H. Colvett

1992   Fount H. May, Sr.

1993   Wilbur C. Mull

1994   Dennis V. McCloskey

1995   C. Fletcher Flemer, III

1996   Louis Hillenmeyer, III

1997   Dr. J.C. Raulston

1998   Earl Wells

1999   Arthur A. “Buck” Jones

2000   William A. “Bill” Wilder

2001   Dr. Michael A. Dirr

2002   Ronald W. Copeland

2003   Edward Samuel Porter

2004   William D. “Bill” Reese

2005   Margie Jenkins

2006   Ray Bracken

2007   Richard Vanlandingham

2008   John C. Watkins

2009   Thomas E. “Buddy” Martin

2010   NA

2011   NA

2012   Joseph C. "Joe" Kinney

2013   Dr. Nick Gawel

2014   Dr. Tom Yeager

2015   William J. "Bill" Boyd

2016   Eelco Tinga, Jr.


 

David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award

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.


Previous recipients of this prestigious award are as follows:






1974   Charles H. Parkerson, VA

1975   Don O. Shadow, TN

1976   Wilbur Mull, GA

1977   Hunter Boulo, Jr., NA

1978   John C. Watkins, VA

1979   Carl Fletcher Flemer, III, VA

1980   Terry Michael Hobbs, TN

1981   J. Fred Fisher, II, MS

1982   Randall E. Strode, FL

1983   Jeffrey B. Miller, VA

1984   William “Buzz” Barton, Jr., AL

1985   Lee C. Howell, MS

1986   George Hackney, FL

1987   Wayne Hardy, FL

1988   Wayne Sawyer, VA

1989   Wilfred L. "Red" Robbins, NC

1990   Rickey D. Minton, TN

1991   William J. Boyd, TN

1992   Daniel B. Batson. MS

1993   D. E. "Skeetter" McCorkle, GA

1994   Wanda Metz Chase, LA

1995   Thomas N. Saunders, VA

1996   Karen Martinson McKie, MS

1997   James L. Snyder, VA

1998   Jeffry Owen Howell, MS

1999   Martha Simon Pindale, MO

2000   William M. Turk, AL

2001   Joseph C. Stoffregen, NC

2002   Payton Parsons, SC

2003   James K. Holland, MS

2004   Michael D. Marshall, FL

2005   Jerry Blankenship, TN

2006   John C. Akehurst, MD

2007   Erik Tietig, FL

2008   Phillip Hunter, AL

2009   Todd Ellefson, LA

2010   NA

2011   NA

2012   Halsey W. Beshears, FL

2013   Joseph B. Hillenmeyer, KY

2014   Ty Strode, FL

2015   Jeff Allegood, NC

2016   Matthew Sawyer, VA


To download the SNA David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award Nomination Form CLICK HERE. (For State Association only). This form is an electronic form that can be downloaded, filled out, saved and returned to the SNA office as an email attachment. Forms may also be faxed to 678.809.9993. If you need any help downloading or submitting the form, please contact the SNA office.


 


SNA Pinnacle Award


Established by the SNA Board in 1992, this 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. Nominations are made by the SNA Participating State Associations and SNA Members with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


Recipients of this prestigious award are as follows:


1992   John H. Powell

1993   James T. Pursell

1994   Jimmy Booth

1995   Sonny Bouldin

1996   Henry J. Guarriello

1997   John J. Balderacchi

1998   Robert W. Grooms

1999   Martin B. Katz

2000   Keith R. Guthrie

2001   William J. Reilly

2002   William D. “Bill” Miller

2003   Howard Kyle

2004   Marty Thomas

2005   Paul Walden

2006   Todd Davis

2007   David Pursell

2008   Andy Zimlich

2009   NA

2010   NA

2011   NA

2012   NA

2013   Gary L. Stover

2014   Warren Lockeby

2015   Gene Brogden

2016   Howard Smith


To download the SNA Pinnacle Award Nomination Form CLICK HERE. This form is an electronic form that can be downloaded, filled out, saved and returned to the SNA office as an email attachment. Forms may also be faxed to 678.809.9993. If you need any help downloading or submitting the form, please contact the SNA office.


 

SNA Environmental Award


Established by the SNA Board in 1999, this 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 nor 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.


Recipients of this prestigious award are as follows:


1999   Authors of the SNA Best Management Practices Guide for Producing Container-Grown Plants
  Tom Yeager, University of Florida
  Charles Gilliam, Auburn University
  Ken Tilt, Auburn University
  Ted Bilderback, University of North Carolina
  Donna Fare, University of Tennessee
  Alex Niemiera, Virginia Tech
2000 Greenleaf Nursery, Park Hill, OK
2001 Gilbert’s Nursery, Inc., Chesnee, SC and Dr. Ted Whitewell, Clemson, SC
2002 Jon’s Nursery, Eustis, FL
2003 ERTH Products, Plains, FL
2004 Saunders Brothers, Inc., Piney River, VA
2005 Panoramic Farm, Inc., Marshville, NC
2006 Roger Milliken, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, SC
2007 Griffith Propagation Nursery, Watkinsville, GA
2008 R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Inc., Thomson, GA
2009 Jerry Lee, Monrovia Growers, Cairo, GA
2010 NA
2011 NA
2012 NA

2013   Saunders Brothers, Inc., Piney River, VA

           Dr. John D. Lea-Cox, MD

2014   NA

2015   NA

2016   Tim Thoms, Thomas Trees & Plants, Fayetteville, GA


To download the SNA Environmental Award Nomination Form CLICK HEREThis form is an electronic form that can be downloaded, filled out, saved and returned to the SNA office as an email attachment. Forms may also be faxed to 678.809.9993. If you need any help downloading or submitting the form, please contact the SNA office.


 

SNA Porter Henegar Memorial Award


In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who has 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 this association. 

 

The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry. 


Award of Merit Recipients: 


Dr. T.F. Cannon 

J.P. Fulmer 

Dr. J.H. Tinga 

Dr. Bryson L. James 


Porter Henegar Memorial Award Recipients: 


1972   Raymond L. Self 

1973   Frank A. Pokorny 

1974   Hendrick van de Werken 

1975   Kenneth C. Sanderson 

1976   B.P. Verma 

1977   Carl E. Whitcomb 

1978   Fred C. Galle 

1979   Robert C. Lambe 

1980   Charles S. Johnson 

1981   Daniel C. Milbocker 

1982   James A. Reinert 

1983   Robert D. Wright 

1984   Gerald E. Smith 

1985   Adolph J. Laiche, Jr. 

1986   Dewayne L. Ingram 

1987   Will L. Corley 

1988   Thomas H. Yeager 

1989   Warren A. Meadows 

1990   Frank A. Blazich 

1991   Charles H. Gilliam 

1992   Richard E. Bir 

1993   Walter A. Skroch 

1994   Jerry T. Walker 

1995   Ted E. Bilderback 

1996   Ken Tilt 

1997   Ted Whitwell 

1998   Robert E. McNiel 

1999   John M. Ruter 

2000   Willard T. Witte 

2001   Mark T. Windham 

2002   Donna C. Fare 

2003   Austin K. Hagan 

2004   Stuart Warren 

2005   Richard Beeson 

2006   Tom Ranney 

2007   Gary Keever 

2008   Joseph Neal

2009   Alan Windham 

2010   Gary Knox

2011   Winston Dunwell

2012   Charles R. Hall

2013   John W. Olive

2014   Dr. Sandra Reed

2015   Dr. Jim Robbins

2016   Dr. John Lea-Cox


 


Don Shadow Award of Excellence


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. This award 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. Awardees must also demonstrate a strong volunteer and/or service commitment to bringing better plants to 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.


Recipients of this prestigious award are as follows:

2009   Don O. Shadow, Shadow Nursery, Winchester, TN

2013   Rick Crowder Hawksridge Farms, Hickory, NC

2014   Margie Y. Jenkins, Jenkins Farm & Nursery, Amite, LA

2015   Ted Stephens, Nurseries Caroliniana, North Augusta, SC

2016   Dr. Michael A. Dirr, Retired Professor, University of Georgia, Bogart, GA


 

SNA Honorary Member Awards


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, two deserving industry members 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.


For a list of SNA Honorary Members, CLICK HERE.


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