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Will Womack takes the helm at the FNGLA

The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s President-Elect Will Womack initially considered being a prosecutor before turning his sights on the nursery and landscaping industry, according to a news release.

In 2002, he started Tampa Bay Landscaping and has since been active in the Tampa Bay Chapter of the FNGLA and the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau, serving in a variety of leadership roles.

WOMACKWill Womack installed as 67th president of FNGLA in June.Womack also served on the FNGLA board of directors, the marketing and membership committee, the budget committee, certifications committee and he holds two FNGLA certifications. In June, he took the helm as FNGLA’s 67th president.

“It is with the humblest of hearts and deepest appreciation I serve as your 67th president,” Womack wrote in his president’s letter to the FNGLA. “Having had the opportunity to serve on and with other notable boards, committees, and groups, I wish our members to know your FNGLA is in a class unto itself. Please know you have the very best individuals working in concert for your best interests every day. We have much to be grateful for and proud.”

During his tenure, Womack plans to reach out to the next generation of potential industry professionals and to encourage a team approach to leadership. “Over the next year, we hope to make progress with reaching out to young folks and encouraging them to consider a career in our industry (we hear, time and again, how labor is our biggest challenge — guest worker reform in not likely — so let’s home grow a labor pool and new leaders),” said Womack in an association interview. “We would also like to encourage more of our members to be more involved and engage leadership. We are a member-driven association. We are a team, everyone has a role and we should be so very supportive of one another.”

As far as innovation at FNGLA, Womack shared, “My hope would be that I impart a confidence that it is okay to rethink old ideas and ways of doing business. We have to think, generally, in different ways and be relevant in an ever-changing world. If we do not, our industry and association will wane.”

Yet he remains completely confident in the future of FNGLA. “It will no doubt be an interesting and challenging year,” said Womack. “I repeat — we are surrounded by the very best staff, state officers, board of directors, committees/divisions, local leaders and members. We will meet the challenges.”