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2017 OAN Convention

Members honored at Convention for outstanding service

The OAN honored the Oregon nursery industry's best and greatest servants at the annual President's Awards Banquet, held at the 2017 OAN Convention at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

The convention also featured the passing of the gavel from outgoing president Mark Bigej (Al's Garden & Home) to incoming president Josh Zielinski (Alpha Nursery Inc.).

Joining Zielinski and past president Bigej on the OAN Executive Committee for 2017–18 are president-elect Mike Hiller (Kraemer's Nursery), vice president Jim Simnitt (Simnitt Nursery), treasurer Kyle Fessler (St. Christopher Nursery LLC), secretary Josh Robinson (Robinson Nursery Inc.) and member at large Denece Messenger (Decorative Bark Products).

Announcement of award winners
Pictures of award winners

Members approve bylaw revisions at convention

Members approved new bylaws to guide the future governance of the Oregon Association of Nurseries during the annual meeting Saturday. The annual meeting was held as part of the OAN Convention in Gleneden Beach.

The most significant change is that board representation will now be based on industry segments rather than chapters or regions. The board for 2017–18, which was sworn in at the convention, will still be based on the old model of representation. Beginning in 2018–19, the new model will take effect.

Under the new model, the full board will include six officers and one at-large member of Executive Committee, as it does now, plus 10 industry representatives — six nursery growers (consisting of three container growers, two field grown/bare root growers and one field grown/B&B grower), two greenhouse operators, one retailer and one associate member. They will serve two-year terms, but during the first year of phase-in, some will serve for one year so that terms are staggered to help assure continuity.

Between now and next summer, president Josh Zielinski will appoint a Nominating Committee to nominate the industry representatives for the board. The Board of Directors will approve a slate of nominees and may add additional nominees to it. The slate of candidates then will be sent to the members for a vote via mail in ballot.

For more information on the approved bylaw proposal, log on to

Members enjoy the social side of convention

OAN members had a great time catching up with old friends, and making new connections, at the 2017 OAN Convention.

The opportunities to socialize began with Friday night's Hospitality Suites, which were sponsored by Crop Production Services, Leonard Adams Insurance Inc., and the tandem of Mark Bigej and Jeff Stone. They continued with the no-host reception held Saturday prior to the President's Awards Banquet.

We have photos from both events posted to Facebook. Please feel free to download, share and tag your friends.

Photos from the hospitality suites
Photos from the awards reception

The convention was made possible, and affordable, thanks to the generosity of convention sponsors and contributors.

Sponsors: Crop Production Services, Grower's Nursery Supply, Inc., Harrell's LLC, Jordan Ramis PC, Leonard Adams Insurance Inc., Marion Ag Service Inc., Northwest Farm Credit Services, Nursery Connection LLC, OAN - Greenhouse-Retail Chapters, OBC Northwest Inc., Pivot Group, SAIF, Supervised Fuels, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Woodburn Nursery & Azaleas Inc., and Youngblood Nursery Inc.

Contributors: Alpha Nursery Inc., Al's Garden & Home, Arrowhead Ornamentals LLC, Brooks Tree Farm, Columbia Bank, Dayton Bag & Burlap, Heritage Seedlings & Liners Inc., J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., Kraemer's Nursery Inc., LifeMap, OAN - Central Oregon Chapter, OAN - Clackamas Chapter, OAN - Emerald Chapter, OAN - Mt Hood Chapter, OAN - Sunset Chapter, OAN - Willamette Chapter, Park's Nursery, and The HC Companies Inc. / Pro Cal.

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