Steve Newton has been named executive vice president of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA). Skeeter McCorkle, SNA president, made the announcement last Monday.
“SNA has found the right leader for our ever-changing marketplace,” McCorkle stated. “Steve will build on the platform of our past leaders and take SNA to new levels as we serve our members in this great industry.”
A 3-month nationwide search yielded numerous applicants. The EVP search and selection task force, chaired by SNA vice president Bill Turk, narrowed the search to three candidates. “Through weeks of narrowing down the list, we remained committed to delivering the SNA Board the best group of applicants we could,” said Turk. “Finding Steve Newton is the result of that diligence.”
Since 2002, Newton has been serving in the Bush administration as state executive director of the Georgia Farm Service Agency (FSA) and most recently as special assistant to the administrator in Washington, D.C. As state executive director, Newton had oversight responsibility for more than $1 billion dollars in annual federal program payments to Georgia farmers through a network of 82 local offices and 350 FSA employees.
Newton begins his duties on April 2. For further information, go to www.sna.org .