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Letter From the President

Hello MNLA members.  As spring is fast approaching I hope everyone had a great winter and is ready for the new planting season.  I am excited to start my year as President of this great organization.  The MNLA board and members would like to give a big thank you to Mike Cashman as he finished his time with the board after serving his last year.  Thanks for all your hard work and for helping with my transition on to the Board.  With Mike leaving we would like to welcome Darin Sabers from Blanchford Landscape Group onto the Board. Also, thanks Caroline Wallace for her great leadership and organization as President in 2019.  It is certainly a tough act to follow.  

As many of you already know, we do have a bit of sad news; Executive Director Jyl Story will be leaving us for retirement in June.  We cannot say enough about how valuable Jyl has been for MNLA.  The search is on for our new Executive Director and with Jyl’s help we hope the transition will be seamless.  We have sent letters to all the members about the hiring process and ask all members to send eligible candidates our way.  Thanks Jyl, because of your dedication and leadership we owe much of our success to you.

2020 got off to a great start with our EXPO in Missoula this January and we look forward to going back to Billings for our 2021 EXPO.  Thanks everyone who came as exhibitors and attendees.  We look forward to seeing you in Billings.  If you liked the EXPO then you should also check out the Fall Tour in the Flathead Valley this September.  It is always a great time and I highly recommend checking it out.

Thanks everyone!  I hope it is a successful season for you and our industry.

Ryan Forde

MNLA President


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