Georgia Green Industry Association Hires New Executive Director

Former Thunderwood Farms owner/operator brings experience, knowledge and passion for the industry

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The Board of Directors of the Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) recently announced the hiring of Lanie Riner as its new executive director.

Riner brings experience, knowledge, and a passion for the industry as she steps into this position.Lanie Riner Headshot 2020

“Lanie brings a lot to the table that will benefit GGIA as we move forward,” GGIA Chairman Jeremy Oxford says. “I am excited to see her leadership in action as she steps into her new role as GGIA’s executive director.”

Through her time as owner/operator of Thunderwood Farms, volunteer service to the green industry, and service on other boards and advisory councils, Riner has developed a skill set that will benefit GGIA in her new leadership role.

GGIA’s Executive Director Search Committee was tasked with finding the top candidate to fill the vacated role, and after a thorough search and interview process, Riner rose to the top. 

Oxford thanked the Search Committee for its careful consideration of the qualified applicants.

Riner will be joining a GGIA team that already includes Jennifer Addington, GGIA Director of Administration, and Ashley Prater, GGIA Director of Membership Services. 

The Georgia Green Industry Association is a statewide trade association whose mission is to promote and advance the economic, lifestyle and environmental benefits of Georgia horticulture for its members, families, and communities.

With a diverse membership that includes professionals from the landscape trade, irrigation contractors, wholesale nursery growers, greenhouse operators, retail garden centers and allied sales companies, GGIA serves as an umbrella association for the entire Horticulture industry in Georgia.