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M E M B E R & I N D U S T R Y N E W S TCIA Announces New President & CEO Professional Manager of the Year Award goes to … The Board of Directors of the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) recently announced that David White, CAE , will join the association on March 19 as its new president & CEO. The change of leadership follows the retirement of current President & CEO, Mark Garvin, who has been with TCIA for more than 21 years. White will provide strategic vision and oversight into operational execution of the association. He is currently the executive director of the Northeast Public Power Association, a non-profit trade association that represents consumer-owned utilities in New England. Congratulations to Robert LeBlanc, MCA , Superintendent of Highways, Parks & Cemeteries for the Town of Walpole who was recognized as the 2017 Professional Manager of the Year Award for Facilities & Grounds by American Public Works Association (APWA). Bob was among nine professionals honored for ingenu- ity and innovation in their respective sectors. Well done, Bob! New Fund to Assist Families Sherrill, Inc., recently formed the Fallen Families Fund, a char- ity dedicated to providing direct financia l assistance to families and individuals who have been impacted by death or injury associated with tree care and working at height. The objective of the new fund is to help reduce the financial burden of a work- related injury or death by providing grants that will help the individual or family endure their healing and recovery immedi- ately following an accident on the job. For more information: ➜ 10,000 th Tree Planted At a ceremonial planting in November, Governor Charlie Baker and other dignitaries joined City of Lynn officials and others to celebrate the planting of the 10,000 th tree under the Commonwealth’s Greening the Gateway Cities program. The program increases the number of trees within urban neighborhoods, and provides energy efficiency and environmen- tal benefits to Gateway Cities across Massachu- setts. Since the program’s inception, 13 of the state’s 26 Gateway Cities have participated. For more info, visit: ➜ gateway-cities-program Shigo Collection Learning Resource Center is Online The Davey Tree Expert Company, along with the Southern Chapter of the ISA and the USDA Forest Service, has launched the Shigo Collection Learning Resource Center website. The website creates a platform for people everywhere to view a portion of Dr. Alex Shigo’s collection, which was carefully curated by the early efforts of Dr. Jim McGraw, and learn about his legacy. The website features 3D renditions of Dr. Shigo’s wood collection, dozens of his more than 300 publications and research papers and some of the history and accomplishment of Dr. Shigo. To visit the website: ➜ New England GROWS to Dissolve After 25 Years After 25 years, the award-winning horticultural tradeshow New England GROWS is discontinuing operation. The GROWS board of directors made the unanimous decision to dissolve and disband both the GROWS event and the organization in early February. “The decision to dissolve New England GROWS was difficult, but we all believe it is the right decision at the right time,” said GROWS President Michelle Harvey of Lakeview Nurseries in Lunenburg, MA. “Changes both within and outside of the industry contributed to the decision to close GROWS, but this does not diminish the significant and positive contributions GROWS has made to the local green industry over the past 25 years.” New England GROWS’ mission was to educate, elevate and sup- port the region’s commercial horticulture industry. Over the course of more than two decades, the not-for-profit organization contributed millions of dollars in educational grants to the industry, as well as to horticultural and community groups like Cooperative Extension, the Horticultural Research Institute, FFA organization, local vocational schools, and the Boston School- yard Initiative. “We want to thank each and every one of the countless volun- teers who worked so hard to produce GROWS over the past 25 years, as well as the loyal exhibitors who supported the show from day one,” said Virginia Wood, Executive Director of GROWS. “GROWS was known for its world-class educational programming that brought innovative thought leaders from around the world to Boston, and we are proud to have helped bring this level of excellence to New England’s green industry.” Looking back, New England GROWS has seen it all: Super Bowl championship parades, historic blizzards, Presidential campaign rallies, even marriage proposals. While the renowned event has run its course, the founding organizations are confident that its mission will continue to be met by individual green industry professionals, companies and associations that together make up New England’s vibrant horticulture community. MAA NEWS / March 2018 11