Geary leaving AmericanHort in the fall
Aug. 26, 2015, Columbus, OH – Michael V. Geary is stepping down as president and CEO of AmericanHort the end of next month.
He will then assume a new position as CEO of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
He will remain on staff through Sept. 30 and will assist with the transition process.
Effective Oct. 1, David Savoia, the CFO and senior vice president for operations, will serve as interim president and CEO while the board conducts a search for a new staff executive.
Craig Regelbrugge, the senior vice-president for advocacy and research, will support Savoia with the association’s external affairs.
During his tenure, Geary served as the staff executive for AmericanHort, America in Bloom, the former American Nursery & Landscape Association, the Horticultural Research Institute, the Nursery & Landscape Association Executives, the former OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professional, and the Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association.
He led the consolidation of ANLA and OFA, the merger with the Plantscape Institute of America, directed the expansion of the Cultivate convention and exposition, and oversaw the development of the “Grow Wise – Bee Smart” and “Shift” initiatives, among other achievements.