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September 26, 2008 - 10:29

James Leider Reassumes Chairman Role at Hortica

Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits recently announced that former chairman of the board James Leider will reassume the role of chairman until the company’s February 24, 2009 policyholders’ meeting — effective immediately.

He replaces Todd Bachman, who was killed tragically in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. Leider had served as chairman of the board from October 1997 to February 2008.

Leider is chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Leider Horticultural Companies, Inc. He has served as past chairman for several industry organizations including the Society of American Florists and the American Floral Endowment.

Emerald Coast Growers Unveils 2009 Catalog

Emerald Coast Growers, one of the country’s leading producers of starter plants, recently unveiled its dazzling 2009 plant catalog.

Featuring 49 exciting new introductions of ornamental grasses, perennials and more, the catalog is bursting with color and ideas.

“We are proud to offer growers this full catalog of our starter plant selections,” says Cheri Markowitz, sales manager at Emerald Coast Growers. “Our plants are great performers that finish with style. We believe our catalog to reflect that.”

The 70-plus page catalog features a wide array of plants, including sedum ‘Autumn Charm’, pennisetum ‘PennStripe’ and hibiscus ‘Panama Bronze’.

In addition to descriptions and ordering information, growers will find information on marketing and POP materials, growing facilities, customer service and shipping. In the back of the catalog, a handy reference guide offers plant listings for a specific plant characteristics, such as native plants, plants for coastal areas, plants that attract butterflies, and much more.

To request the catalog, call (877) 804-7277 or visit

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