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Letter From the President

Weather in Missoula is holding strong, on the slightly cooler with very little snow melt the past few weeks. The weather was very similar during our Montana Green Expo in Missoula. 

Darin, our retiring/out-going president did a wicked incredible job on providing an educational-based,  packed-room expo this year.  In addition, I want to give a warm and thankful hug of appreciation to all sponsors to our expo: Proven Winners and Belgard sponsored at the Diamond Level, and Wilbur Ellis, Rain Bird, 2M and Hunter were Platinum sponsors, and Valley Landscape and BioLynceus coming in with our gold and silver level sponsorships.  Once again, thank you.

There were quite a few things that are worth mentioning that came from our Expo this season, first off it was a huge success financially for the MNLA.  Gina, our Executive Director, did an incredible job with applying for and receiving a grant that paid for our mental health speaker, Dr. Andrea Bonior.  Dr. Andrea Bonior spoke during the lunch break on Wednesday.  Also, what contributed to the success was our high booths sales with great attendance while keeping our cost under control. 

Another great success was Muffins and Mimosas. I did not see the final numbers for attendance, but based on the decibels coming from the room I can only imagine everyone enjoyed the new event. It did make me think about the many women I interact with within the horticulture industry and makes me proud that the MNLA stands behind and promotes women in horticulture. Thank you, Gina, for making this event happen.

I was really excited, and was not let down, on our Montana-native Patrick Chadwick, who gave us a glimpse into providing 5-star service to luxury high-stakes clients.  Patrick gave us 2 keynote speeches that mesmerized the crowd with great photos and stories.

In closing, I would like to give a huge hug with a lot of love to Darin our retiring outgoing president. Darin put on an awesome Expo filled with great educational value.  I wish you the best of luck on your next life adventure.  Thank you for your time and dedication to the MNLA.

The board is currently working on a blow-your-mind Expo for 2024.  The biggest change is our event location.  We will be hosting the 2024 Expo in downtown Billings at the Double Tree Hotel. We are very excited about the new venue.

Our next event coming up is our Fall Tour. James Hoiland, our 2nd Vice President, is taking the lead on this year’s tour around Great Falls, MT. The MNLA Board is currently working on a new event that will go along with our Fall Tour this season. We are very close on finalizing some details and will share this incredible news very soon!

Sincerely Yours,

Matt Watts

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