ANLA Elects New President-Elect

Buzz Bertolero of Navlet's Garden Centers, San Francisco, Calif., was elected president-elect of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) during ANLA’s Senate meeting at the association’s annual Convention & Learning Retreat in Hawaii. In addition to his president-elect position, Bertolero will continue to serve as the Region IV director on ANLA’s Board of Directors.

A second-generation nurseryman, Buzz Bertolero started at the age of 13 doing odd jobs in the family run garden center. He earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, as well as a B.A. in business administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Buzz is among the first one hundred nurserymen to become a certified nurseryman in California. Presently, there are more than 3,500 California Certified Nurserymen.

Bertolero is a past president and treasurer of the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers. He served as treasurer on ANLA’s Board of Directors for three years and is a past president of the retail division of ANLA. He serves on the Landscape Advisory Board for East Bay Municipal Water District, Glassy Wing Sharp Shooter Task Force and California Small Business Employee Advisory Committee.

Currently, Bertolero is the executive vice president of Navlet’s Garden Centers, a San Francisco retail chain of lawn and garden centers that has been serving Bay Area gardeners since 1885. He is also a gardening personality known as the “Dirt Gardener.” He writes a weekly syndicated gardening column, is the webmaster for www.dirtgardener.comand appears weekly on Bay TV and KRON TV in the gardening feature called Henry's Garden.

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