25 years of advocacy celebrated during RISE annual meeting

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) recently celebrated 25 years as the leading advocate for the specialty pesticide and fertilizer industries during its annual meeting held in Orlando during the last week of September.

More than 250 RISE members attended and joined the celebration. With the theme Inspiring Voices, attendees were encouraged to share photos and posts to social media using the hashtags #InspiringVoices15 and #RISE25.

A highlight of the three-day event was RISE’s silver anniversary reception and dinner celebrating a quarter-century of industry advocacy. Thirteen past chairs of the RISE Governing Board attended along with the association’s two presidents – Allen James (1991 – 2009) and Aaron Hobbs (2010-present).

During the meeting, RISE Governing Board members and officers were elected, Josh Weeks was awarded the E. Allen James Leadership Award and advocates working in Montgomery County, Md. received the Grassroots Excellence Award.



New Governing Board Members


Elected RISE Governing Board members elected Donald Chew, PBI-Gordon, to fill the seat formerly held by Steve Gullickson, MGK, whose term concluded this year. Gullickson is the Board’s immediate past chair. Johnathan Sweat, BASF Corporation, was elected vice chairman.

Officers of the RISE Governing Board who are continuing their terms of service are Dan Stahl, OHP, Inc., chairman and Darren Horst, Central Garden & Pet, treasurer.


Other Governing Board members continuing their terms include:

Jeff Alvis, AMVAC Environmental Products

Bill Culpepper, SePRO

Gilles Galliou, Bayer CropScience

John Gertz, PrimeraTurf

John Johnson, PROKoZ

Frank Jusich, Central Life Sciences

Scott Reasons, Syngenta

Myron Richardson, Monsanto Company

John Smith, WinField

Pramod Thota, FMC Corporation.

“The RISE Governing Board sets the direction of the association and provides guidance and strategic thinking for issue management,” said Stahl. “The Board was instrumental in implementing our new five-year strategic plan developed last year. This year’s Board plans to continue our focus on advocacy and community building.”