It has been another productive year for the green industry in the Treasure State. We are blessed to live in such a great state and to be part of an outstanding industry. The economy continues to boom which is good for our industry except for the persistent labor shortage.
I must admit when I was first asked to join the board of the MNLA I was reluctant to commit the time and energy. Now that I am on the tail end of my tenure on the board I have no regrets about joining the board. It has been very rewarding to be a part of working board with a great group of people. The friendships I have made will benefit me personally and professionally for the rest of my life. I became involved with the MNLA to help our association and to network amongst my peers. We have a strong membership, but we can become even stronger with increased membership. Increased membership would allow us to have even better events. Please encourage non-members in our industry to join the MNLA. Often people question the value of membership. For me it is invaluable. There are countless ways the MNLA has benefited me and my business.
Again, this year we had an outstanding Fall Tour. I had not spent much time in Great Falls and it was great to see some wonderful landscape projects and enjoy some delicious meals at Forde and Tilleraas Nurseries. Thank you to the Forde’s and Tilleraas’ for putting on a fun couple days. If you haven’t attended a Fall tour it is definitely worth your time. There’s a lot to see and learn around the state.
We are excited to be back in Billings in January for the Green Expo. Caroline Wallace has a great docket of speakers and the trade show will have great vendors from years past as well as some new faces.
The MNLA is lucky to have Jyl Story as our Executive Director. She is outstanding at what she does, and we wouldn’t be where we are without her. She goes above and beyond for our organization and I can’t thank her enough for her hard work. I would also like to thank all the board members I have had the pleasure to serve with. Everyone brings something unique to the board. We get our work done but we also have a lot of fun together.