Distinguished Lecture Series

93812310The Ellison Chair in International Floriculture sponsors an annual Distinguished Lecture to provide a forum for the thoughtful and provoking consideration of the major issues facing the floriculture industry. Noted experts nationally and internationally are invited to deliver Lectures that stimulate students, faculty, and industry participants into lively and spirited discussions of these issues. The following list of Lectures appear in reverse chronological order with the most recent Lectures appearing first.


12. Phil Wilson, General Manager, Lower Colorado River Authority, Austin, TX


11. Stan Pohmer, Pohmer Consulting Group, Minnesota


10. Michael Geary, CEO, OFA–The Association of Horticultural Professionals


9. Bill McKinley, Director of the Benz School of Floral Design, Texas A&M University


8. Jon Pawlow, Counsel, Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives


7. Dr. Michael Parrella, Chair, Department of Entomology, UC Davis, October 28, 2009.


6. Bob Dolibois, Executive Vice President, American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), Wednesday, October 8, 2008.


5. Dr. Peter Bretting, National Program Leader for Plant Germplasm and Genomes, USDA/ARS, Horticultural Genetic Resources: Current Status and Future Prospects, Wednesday, April 9, 2008.


4. Anna Caroline Ball, President and CEO, Ball Horticultural Co., Driving Forces Shaping the Future of the Floriculture Industry, Wednesday, October 10, 2007


3. Jim Prewitt, CEO and Founder, Landmark Nurseries, Inc., Emerging Issues and Opportunities in the Green Industry, Wednesday, February 21, 2007


2. Ernesto Vélez Koppel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of Colombian Flower Growers and Exporters (ASOCOLFLORES), Floriculture in Columbia: A case of competitive entrepreneurship with social and environmental responsibility, in a country with difficult and changing conditions, Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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1. Dr. Charles R. Hall, Professor, University of Tennessee (formerly Extension Economist at Texas A&M University, 1988-2002), The U.S. Floricultural Industry: Structural Changes, Marketing Practices, and Economic Impacts, Wednesday, April 11, 2006

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