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For Immediate Release
Laura Kunkle
America in Bloom Executive Director


Dr. Charlie Hall, Professor at Texas A & M University, is the new America in Bloom
(AIB) President. The new Vice President is Katy Moss Warner. Each will serve a
two-year term. 
Hall, a native of North Carolina, has served on the AIB board since 2010 and as
co-chair of the fundraising committee and as vice president. He received his B.S. in
Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee, and a Master’s Degree in
Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee. He
obtained his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988 and began his academic
career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty
before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007,
Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in
International Floriculture.

Dr. Hall’s expertise in the production and marketing of green industry crops is
nationally recognized in academia and the horticultural industry. His major
research, teaching, and extension areas of specialization include strategic
management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis. He is
an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international meetings of
various industry-related associations and organizations. A number of his webinars
are available on the AIB website at

“It is a great pleasure to continue being a part of the great momentum that America
in Bloom is experiencing! Communities all across the country are embracing the
ideals of AIB and are finding a great number of benefits from doing so. Not only do
those communities have the opportunity to enjoy the aesthetic benefits of their
efforts, but they are finding many economic, environmental, and health/well-being
benefits as well. To me, that is the exciting part of America in Bloom — how quality
of life is enhanced by the program." said Dr. Hall.

Katy Moss Warner has served on the AIB board since 2005 and has chaired the
symposium committee for the past three years.  She is President Emeritus of the
American Horticultural Society (AHS), a national, non-profit, member-based
organization with the vision of “making America a nation of gardeners, a land of
gardens.” Katy was Director of Disney's Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives
at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for 24 years. From 1976 to 2000, she
provided the leadership necessary to ensure that Disney's horticultural traditions
of beautiful gardens and themed landscapes were sustained. She is a Longwood Fellow
with Longwood Gardens and the University of Delaware as well as a Loeb Fellow with
the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Katy judges for America in Bloom and
international competitions.

Katy commented, "America in Bloom is growing. Our flagship programs have better
participation than ever and we are launching some exciting new programs that will
offer towns and cities across America even more opportunity to enhance their
communities and plant pride. I am honored to take on a leadership role in AIB at
this time."  

Dr. Marvin Miller, who has served as president since 2005, assumes the role of past
president and continues to be actively involved on the board with projects he has
initiated in the past. With secretary/treasurer Michael Geary, he will continue to
provide leadership to AIB on the executive committee.

Miller stated, “I am excited to welcome Charlie and Katy to new leadership
positions. As I replace Ron Pierre as America in Bloom’s past president, I thank Ron
for his many years of service. Ron was one of AIB’s founding board members, and his
dedication over the last 14 years of our organization’s history serves as an
inspiration for us all.  

“We also recognize the contributions of both Doug Cole and Skip Blackmore, two other
retiring board members. Though their tenure was not as long as Ron’s, they, each in
their own ways, have been just as dedicated to the organization. I am glad to be
able to call all three of these gentlemen friends and am sure they will continue to
contribute to America in Bloom in the years ahead.”

Two new members are joining the board, Lela Kelly and Kurt Becker. Kelly is Vice
President of Dosatron International, the world’s largest provider of non-electric,
water-powered proportional chemical dispensers and dilution equipment. Becker is
Executive Vice-President of the Dramm Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of
horticulture products for consumers and professional horticulturists.

A complete list of America in Bloom board members can be viewed at


America in Bloom is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that envisions communities across
the country as welcoming and vibrant places to live, work, and play – benefiting
from colorful plants and trees; enjoying clean environments; celebrating heritage;
and planting pride through volunteerism.

America in Bloom, 2130 Stella Ct, Columbus, OH 43215 United States

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