RISE, the Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment organization, recently made a couple of important announcements at its annual meeting in late August.
RISE Announces New Governing Board Members and Officers
Dan Stahl of OHP, Inc., was elected to a new two-year term as chairman, and John Johnson of PROKoZ will take over as vice chair. Darren Horst of Central Garden & Pet will serve as the new treasurer. Four companies began new three-year terms on the Governing Board: Central Life Sciences, represented by Frank Jusich; PrimeraTurf, Inc., represented by John Gertz; SePRO Corporation represented by Bill Culpepper; and WinField, represented by Kanchan Chavan.
Governing Board companies continuing their terms are AMVAC Chemical Corporation, represented by Jeff Alvis; Bayer CropScience, represented by Gilles Gaillou; BASF Corporation, represented by Jonathan Sweat; Central Garden & Pet, represented by Darren Horst; FMC Corporation, represented by Promad Thota; Monsanto Company, represented by Myron Richardson; PROKoZ, represented by John Johnson; and Syngenta Crop Protection, represented by Scott Reasons.
The RISE Governing Board engages in strategic planning and thinking, and sets the direction of the association, making sure the right programs and resources are in place.
Mark Schlossberg Named 2014 Grassroots Excellence Award Recipient
RISE recognized Mark Schlossberg, president of Pro-Lawn-Plus, with the 2014 Grassroots Excellence Award for his work on the front line in Maryland’s legislature and his advocacy for the industry on the local, state and federal levels.
According to a statement from RISE: “As this year’s honoree, Schlossberg had been the catalyst for grassroots in Montgomery County, MD, providing the contacts, organization and sense of urgency needed as we work to defeat lawn and turf restrictions being proposed in the county. Although Schlossberg resides in Baltimore County, he remains actively engaged by speaking with policymakers all across Maryland about green industry concerns.”
Schlossberg provided written testimony to the House Small Business Committee about the potential negative consequences on small green industry businesses due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed rule expanding the definition of "waters of the U.S." under Clean Water Act jurisdiction.