Oregon's "Young Guns" highlighted in Digger magazine
A new generation of young leaders is making a mark on Oregon's nursery industry. Digger magazine is highlighting seven of these "young guns" in the December issue, which arrives this week in mailboxes. Heading the group is recently-sworn-in OAN President Carson Lord of Tree Frog Nursery. Others include Mark Bigej of Al's Garden Centers, Eric Bizon of Bizon Nursery, John Lewis of JLPN Inc., Brent Markus of Rare Tree Nursery, Stacy Pohlschneider-Bunke of French Prairie Gardens & Nursery, and Bradley Weeks of Weeks Berry Nursery. The article (PDF) includes thoughts from all of them on where the industry is headed. A follow-up article will run in July 2013, featuring six more "young guns."
Phone outage disrupts business at offices
OAN employees came to work Monday to discover that the office phone system was down. If you attempted to telephone us on Monday or Tuesday, we apologize for the inconvenience. Technicians are working feverishly to fix the problem. If the system ever goes down in the future, you can always reach any department by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, where it will be routed to the most appropriate recipient. You can also look up individual staff members on our staff contacts page.
OAN hires new director of finance and administration
Sherry Markwood has been hired as the OAN's new director of finance and administration. She started her new job on Monday. "Sherry has an impressive background in financial management, HR, IT, databases and general administration," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "She has management experience as well as a roll-up-the-sleeves approach to getting things done. She'll be a great addition our team." Sherry looks forward to getting to know OAN members and can be reached at email@example.com.
Chapters plan to celebrate the season
Several of the OAN chapters are planning Christmas or Holiday parties during the month of December. So far, we have received word of the following:
• Sunset Chapter — Thursday, Dec. 6
• Clackamas Chapter — Thursday, Dec. 6
• Retail and Greenhouse Chapters — Wednesday, Dec. 12
• Mt. Hood Chapter (all chapters welcome) — Tuesday, Dec. 18
Costs vary. You can get details on all of these events online at the OAN Events Page. You can also register and pay online. If you know of a holiday chapter event not listed here, please contact the OAN at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OAN Safety Tip: Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
The use of gas-powered and small-engine tools and machines in sheltered areas is risky business. Such tools can quickly generate hazardous or fatal levels of carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas. Even in areas where a door or window is opened, the ventilation may not be adequate. Don't fall prey to a false sense of security. Avert a potential tragedy. Know and follow these tips — and share them with your employees. These tips are courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control, SAIF, and the OAN Safety and Insurance Committee.
Free hazard communication workshop offered December 5
The OAN Safety and Insurance Committee and Oregon OSHA will present a free training session on hazard communication on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Carlton Plants, 14301 S.E. Wallace Rd., Dayton, Ore. The class will be offered in Spanish from 8 a.m.–noon and in English from 1–5 p.m. Participants will learn how to apply proven and effective hazard communication techniques at your nursery. Senior instructor Tomas Schwabe of Oregon OSHA will cover:
• Creating a hazards communication program
• Conducting employee training
• Completing a chemicals list
• Labels and material safety data sheets
• Recent changes to the Hazard Communication Rule – Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
To register, call OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-800-342-6401. Space is limited.
Kitzhaber to meet with Government Relations Committee on Dec. 12
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber will be the very special guest at the next meeting of the OAN Government Relations Committee. The meeting will be from 1–3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Oregon State Capitol Building, Room S-243, 900 Court St., Salem, Ore. (Please note: the meeting is on a Wednesday, rather than the usual Tuesday meeting for this committee.)
Gov. Kitzhaber will talk about current state issues, as well as the nursery industry's important role in the state economy. Inexpensive parking is available nearby for 75 cents per hour; details are here. The meeting room has limited space available. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Jeff Stone at email@example.com.
Leonard Adams now offers OAN-endorsed property and casualty insurance
The OAN Executive Committee announced recently that Leonard Adams Insurance has been chosen as the OAN's officially endorsed provider of property and casualty insurance. The Portland-based independent agency already provides OAN-endorsed health and dental insurance plans, and this new program offers additional value for members. For a quote, contact Randy Skinner at 503-296-0077.
Reserve your booth at the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show
Have you reserved your booth for the 2013 Yard, Garden & Patio Show presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers? This three-day consumer extravaganza will happen Friday–Sunday, Feb. 8–10, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland. The YGP Show is a great way to build new relationships with passionate gardening enthusiasts, and help them get to know your business. There are booth spaces available from 10x10 up to islands. The Remarkable Green Market is another opportunity to sell your goods on the show floor. Download the complete brochure and exhibitor application (PDF) and reserve your space today!
♦ December 6 - Christmas Party
♦ December 6 - Christmas Party
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ December 12 - Christmas Party
Mt. Hood Chapter
♦ December 18 - Christmas Party
Northwest Agricultural Show
♦ January 29 - 31 - Northwest Agricultural Show
Yard, Garden & Patio Show
♦ February 8 - 10 - Join us for the Yard, Garden & Patio Show, presented by Dennis' Seven Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers
Retail & Greenhouse Chapters
♦ February 21 - Annual Industry Seminars
OAN reminds members: If you're not seen, you don't exist
Are you looking to stay visible and gain new customers? OAN events, publications and websites offer fantastic exposure at an excellent price. OAN members save the most, with discounted ad and sponsorship rates. Buy into multiple publications, or multiple issues of Digger, and save even more. Want the details? Our 2013 Exposure Kit is now available. Download it today at www.oan.org/ads2013. To lock in your ads for 2013, contact Advertising and Sponsorship Account Manager Chris Sweet at 503-682-2012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.