RISE holds 28th annual meeting

By |  September 27, 2018
Outgoing  RISE  Governing  Board  members  were  recognized  during  the  association’s  annual  meeting  Sept.  23-26,  2018,  in  Amelia  Island,  Fla.  From  left are Dan  Stahl  who  served  as  Governing  Board  chair  from  2014-16,  OHP Inc.;  Aaron  Hobbs,  RISE  president;  and  Stephanie  Jensen,  outgoing  Board  member,  BASF  Corp. PHOTO: RISE

Outgoing RISE Governing Board members were recognized during the association’s annual meeting Sept. 23-26, 2018, in Amelia Island, Fla. From left are Dan Stahl who served as Governing Board chair from 2014-16, OHP Inc.; Aaron Hobbs, RISE president; and Stephanie Jensen, outgoing Board member, BASF Corp. PHOTO: RISE

Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) welcomed new governing board members and recognized dedicated volunteers during its 28th annual meeting at Amelia Island, Fla., with a focus on engagement and community building.

Nearly 600 manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders attended the meeting Sept. 23-26, 2018, held in conjunction with CropLife America. The latter group honored longtime president and CEO, Jay Vroom, who retired after nearly 30 years, and greeted its new leader, Chris Novak.

“Our industry is in a time of transition and opportunity,” says Darren Horst, RISE Governing Board chair and vice president and general manager of Central Garden & Pet. “We welcome Chris Novak to CropLife America and the potential for our partnership as we go boldly forward in this new operating environment.”

The RISE Governing Board met on Sept. 23, and elected new members Katherine Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corp., holding a formulator seat; Scott Reasons, Syngenta, holding a manufacturer seat; and Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA Inc., filling a formulator seat.

Outgoing board members completing their terms include Stephanie Jensen, BASF Corp., and Dan Stahl, OHP Inc., who served as board chair from 2014-2016.

Others continuing their terms on the Governing Board include:

  • Darren Horst, chair, Central Garden & Pet
  • John Gertz, vice chair, SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Zack Zaki, treasurer, FMC Corp.
  • Jeff Alvis, AMVAC Chemical Corp.
  • Sean Casey, Nufarm Americas
  • Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corp.
  • Todd Ferguson, Primera Inc.
  • Gilles Galliou, Bayer
  • James Guard, Bayer
  • Tom Linnen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Doug Obermann, PBI/Gordon Corp.
  • John Smith, WinField United

The meeting’s theme was “boldly4ward,” and reflects the idea that in times of change —including consolidation, trade concerns and a shifting political landscape — the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industry must continue to work together and learn from one another. Attendees were encouraged to share photos and posts to social media using #boldly4ward.

“RISE goes boldly forward with its activity in the social space to talk about pesticide use, benefits and their necessity for daily living,” says Aaron Hobbs, RISE president.

RISE member volunteers are the backbone of the association, and several were recognized for their commitment and engagement with the national trade group. During Monday’s General Session, the Advocacy Strategic Driver Award was presented to the Label Workshop Planning Workgroup, which includes:

  • Jon Ostrowski, Clarke
  • Doug Soper, PBI/Gordon Corp.
  • Jenn Hughes, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kerry Sosa, BASF Corp.
  • Jill Holihan, FMC Corp.
  • Patty Flis, FMC Corp.
  • Kristen Shears, Corteva Agriscience
  • Tann Schafer, Bayer
  • Julie Schlekau, Valent USA
  • Carrie Tackema, Nufarm Americas
  • Brad Glenn, Bayer
  • Katie Swift, Liphatech
  • Kylli Paavola, Liphatech
  • Norma Pangilinan, SBM Life Science Corp.

RISE Volunteer Service Recognitions were awarded to three outgoing RISE Committee chairs —Frank Wong, Bayer, Legislative Affairs Committee chair; Jim Jensen, NuFarm Americas, Communications Committee chair, and Jill Holihan, FMC Corp., Regulatory Affairs Committee chair.

Horst and Hobbs presented the association’s highest honor, the E. Allen James Award, to Jose Milan, Bayer, during its gala celebration on Tuesday evening. For nearly 30 years, Milan has chaired and participated on committees and has been an industry leader. Past E. Allen James Award honorees Allen James (PMP Hall of Fame, Class of 2010); Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corp., and Josh Weeks, Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, joined Milan to celebrate.

“Engagement with our members, communities, social channels and the industry was our focus for 2018, and we are thankful for active members who dedicate their time to the work of our association and bring their voices to the conversation,” says Hobbs.

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