2003 - Present
100 Years and Still Growing!
While CENTS suffered from external pressures throughout the early 2000s, the attendance in 2007 leveled off to just over 11,000 registrants with 1,252 sold booths occupied by 617 exhibiting firms.
Despite the downward trend in the trade show numbers, the ONLA has continued throughout the decade to introduce additional member services, refine existing publications, introduce new publications and continually update its website, onla.org. In addition, the association was a multi-winner of achievement awards from the Ohio Society of Association Executives for its various publications, websites and commitment to diversity.
At the 2007 ONLA Annual Business Meeting, the members present and voting, unanimously approved the first dues increase in twelve years. Dues for all Active Dues Categories 1-5 will increase by 25 percent across the board on January 1, 2008. Each year thereafter, dues will automatically increase by 3 percent annually. An amendment will be offered the voting members at the 2008 Annual Business Meeting to cap the annual increase of 3 percent after a three-year period, becoming effective on January 1, 2012.
The ONLA celebrated its 100th anniversary in January 2008. In late 2007, ONLA membership stood at nearly 1,700 with an annual budget of almost two million dollars. That year also brought staff changes as 20-year veteran Associate Director Erin Thomas and 31-year veteran Executive Director Bill Stalter both retired.
Today the administrative staff team of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association is comprised of Executive Director, Kevin Thompson; Associate Executive Director, Jennifer Gray; Membership & Certification Manager, Roni Petersen; Trade Show/Event Manager, Tracie Zody; Communications Assistant, Caitlin Ward; and Accountant, Heather Eberline.
The ONLA board of directors is comprised of nine voting members and two non-voting members. Three voting members are elected to two-year terms by the membership each January during the annual business meeting. Officers of the association board include the president, president-elect, immediate past president and the executive director.