NCNLA announces 2021 board of directors

NCNLA announces 2021 board of directors

Current board member Leslie Herndon was elected president of the association.


The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) announced three new members and two new officers for the 2021 Board of Directors during its annual meeting held online Jan. 21.

Two current board members were promoted to new positions. Leslie Herndon was elected president and Kevin Cagle was elected vice president, secretary and treasurer.

Herndon is president of Greenscape, Inc., where she began her career 19 years ago. A lifelong North Carolinian, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s in horticultural science. She is a Certified Plant Professional and holds manager and technician certifications from the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

Cagle has been the owner/partner of Greenthumb Nursery, LLC for 11 years. A North Carolina native, he is the third generation in his family to operate the nursery. He holds a private pesticide license and a North Carolina Landscape Contractor license.

Three new members have joined the board in different capacities.

Dana Massey will serve a one-year term on the board. She began her career at Plantworks Nursery in 2009 and has been president since 2017. She has an associate degree from Louisburg College and a bachelor’s in horticulture science from North Carolina State University. She is a 2016 graduate of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Agriculture Leadership Development Program from North Carolina State University and a 2020 Graduate of Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership from Texas A&M.

Ariel Montanez will serve a three-year term on the board. He has been the general manager of Pender Nursery since July 2013. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Germany, he served eight years in the Marine Corps before starting in the industry. He has a business degree from Campbell University and previously served as president of the Johnston County Nursery Association.

Anthony LeBude joined the board as educational advisor. He has been the nursery extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University for the last 15 years. He moved to North Carolina from Eastern Virginia where he had worked in all facets of horticulture including greenhouse, nursery, landscape and retail garden centers.

Trey Warrick completed a one-year term on the board as a replacement for a promoted member and is now beginning his own three-year term. He has been co-owner of Scottree and assistant manager at Shelby Nursery, Inc. for the past 12 years. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s in horticulture science. He has a North Carolina Landscape Contractor license and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. He is a past chair of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council.

Jamie Thomas of Swift Creek Nursery, Clayton, leaves after six years of dedicated service. Jeff Allegood of Old Courthouse Nursery, Warsaw, leaves after three years of service. Dr. Joe Neal of North Carolina State University is leaving as educational advisor after many years of service.

The 2021 board also includes:

Past President
Hugh Crump
Greenline Design
Charlotte, North Carolina

Tim Johnson, II
Tim Johnson Landscaping
Statesville, North Carolina

William “Bill” Bynum
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Charlotte, North Carolina

John Clark
Pro Green, Inc.
Morganton, North Carolina

Educational Advisor:
Justin Snyder
Alamance Community College
Graham, North Carolina