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GPN's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

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14 MAY 2021 GPNMAG.COM T his year marks the 10th anniversary of GPN's 40 Under 40 program where we recognize the young men and women who are setting the direction for the horticulture industry's future. Like the previous nine classes, the Class of 2021 represents the entire spectrum of the horticulture industry — from plant breeder to retail expert and a little bit of everything in between. These 21 women and 19 men, and the previous 360 honorees, are all outstanding at doing their jobs and also have a wide variety of interests in their pursuits when they are off of the clock. Among other things, this year's class features a pair of Eagle scouts, two EAGL graduates, four Ph.D.s, multiple master's degrees, a one-time "American Idol" applicant, a novelist, a family biographer/ bagpipe player, a bicycle road racer and a salamander chaperone. The 1990 movie "Goodfellas" starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci also seems to be a hit with the Class of 2021 as three of this year's honorees picked it as their favorite flick. The one thing they all have in common is they were nominated by their peers for their professional and personal accomplishments. And now you have an opportunity to meet this year's class and learn a little more about them! Introducing the Class of 2021 … gpn gpn 40 UNDER 40 Do you know any potential candidates for the Class of 2022 of GPN's 40 Under 40? If you do, we will begin accepting nominations for next year's class on Nov. 1, 2021. You can nominate a young horticultural professional who you feel belongs in the Class of 2022 (and will be under the age of 40 as of Jan. 31, 2022) — but you'll have to wait until November to fill out the online nomination form on Previously nominated individuals who have not been selected for prior classes are eligible to be nominated again, as long as they are still under the age of 40. Questions about GPN's 40 Under 40 program can be directed to Tim Hodson, editorial director, at thodson@ 2021 Meet the Class of The 10th Annual GPN's 40 Under 40 program is celebrating a decade of recognizing the horticulture industry's bright future. 10 Years and Counting Heather Bach Kait Barry Victoria Bolden Nathan Carney Elizabeth Carr Mickey Clickner Kenna Cole Alisha Marie Conde Jessica Crabtree Jus n Davis Noah Derohanian Cheryl DeVito Kevin Espiritu Nick Flax Lori Fry Amy Gard'ner Dan Gillespie Ryan Glover George Grant Esteban Herrera Ryan Hop Liz Hughes Susan Judd Alex Kantor Jus n Keeler Lauren Kirchner Melinda Knuth Andrew Konicki Jus n LeCompte Laura Masor Jill Mullaney Michelle Opela Kit Leider Pierri Adalice Powers Rizaniño "Riz" Reyes Jon Russell Debalina Saha Maxwell Salinger Sean Sangster Karin Walters BY TIM HODSON Nominations for Next Year's Nominations for Next Year's Class Class Open in November Open in November GPN's 40 Under 40 GPN's 40 Under 40 Class of 2021

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