Meet the Candidates

2017 Board Nominations

Nominations for the three open positions on the NNLA Board have been sent in and we are excited about the candidates who wish to serve on the board. Two director positions and one Vice President position will be open for election during the Business Meeting at the 2017 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference. There is a three year term assigned to the director positions and a two-year term assigned to the Vice President term. The following candidates have indicated their interest in serving in this capacity. Please make plans to attend the conference and vote. If there are more than two candidates running for the open positions, a vote will need to be cast. Each member organization will get one vote, along with the individual, associate and honorary members.

Brian Munk – As an assistant manager at Campbell’s Nursery’s Pine Lake location, I am afforded the opportunity to work with many people in the nursery and landscaping industry. Through these encounters I am privileged to learn of new thoughts, trends and ideas happening within our industry that could be showcased at one of our summer field days or at our winter conference.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am running for the office of vice president on the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors. I am just finishing my fourth year as a member on the board of directors and I am now looking to continue to serve the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape industry from the office of vice president. As a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman and a Certified Nebraska Arborist, I feel that I can work and communicate with members from both of our organizations.

Jason Kuehl grew up on a farm near Omaha and has been involved in horticulture for over 23 years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Agricultural Science-Agronomy, he worked for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as a state inspector for two seasons. In 1996 he went to work for Mulhall’s Nursery in Omaha as the Field Manager serving as tree grower and buyer for almost 18 years. In the fall of 2013 he started at PlantRight as the salesperson for Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am interested in being on the board of directors because I am passionate about the industry and supporting Nebraska.   We need professionals in the industry, and we need to grow the next generation of nursery people, along with educating customers.  As a certified Nebraska Nurseryman I also want to support an effort to make that a more recognizable and sought after reference.

Rod Ruzanic –  “We work to replicate Mother Nature’s Design” – Wolf Landscape Design. After twenty years as Wolf Landscape Design’s owner, I still hug trees and use my love of nature to inspire future environmentalists. I became a curator of Ogallala’s Community Arboretum, NSA’s 100th site, in 2015. I have also been a certified arborist with the Nebraska Arborists Association since 1999. I have been a Re-Tree Nebraska ambassador since the program’s creation.

Why do you want to be on the board? As a candidate for the board member-at-large, I bring additional experience and diversity to and already enthusiastic landscape family.

Elections will be held during the NNLA Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Omaha during the Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference.

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