Richard May (left) turns over the gavel to newly elected president Michael Hobbs (right)
during the 117th SNA Annual Business Meeting held during SNA 2015.
Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2015 – Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN, was elected president of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) during the 117th annual business meeting held in August at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga. The SNA is a regional trade association serving the horticulture industry in Southeastern U.S.
Hobbs is President of Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN. A third generation nurseryman, Michael has been active in the industry for more than 40 years. Founded by his father and mother, Leslie and Frances Hobbs, in 1950, Warren County Nursery is a wholesale field growing operation and greenhouses for liner production offering a complete line of bareroot seedlings, cuttings, liners, vines, wildflowers, fruit and nut trees, balled & burlap shrubs, shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. Warren County Nursery has over 400 acres in production and over the past sixty years has become recognized as a supplier of native plants used in wetlands and reforestation plantings.
Hobbs has served on the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Board of Directors and served as president in 1979 and 1990. He was awarded the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year in 1990. He received SNA's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award in 1980, and served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 2005. Hobbs has also served on the Horticultural Research Institute's Board as well as many other industry committees.
Locally he has received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1980 and served as McMinnville Jaycees President in 1982.
Michael married Margaret Robinson in 1969. They have three daughters: Brandie, Ashley and Emily; five grandchildren: Carter (13), Lauren (9), Ian (7), Elliot (5), and Behr (2 mos.). Michael and Margaret are members of the Hebron Church of Christ in McMinnville.
Other officers of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) who will serve for the 2014 - 2015 term were elected during the annual meeting. 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
The complete slate of 2015-2016 officers is as follows:
Michael Hobbs, President, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN
Dusty Knight, VP/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL
Norman Cole, III, 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
Richard May, Immediate Past President, May Nursery, Havana, FL
“The SNA membership recently voted in a strong group of industry leaders to guide the association through this time of resurgence, said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. “This 2015-2016 board represents a group of individuals with a broad variety of perspectives and experience that can be leveraged to our advantage as we work to rebuild our membership base and the SNA Regional Marketplace. With the guidance of these knowledgeable leaders I am very confident we will emerge stronger and better. As a regional association we are very fortunate to be able look around the region for strong leadership that has served their state associations well and put those talents to work for association and the 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.