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It’s That Time of Year Again!

It’s hard to believe that November is already here.

With the winter season approaching and onslaught of the holiday season upon us, the beginning of November also means we are now accepting nominations for GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2022.

Do you know someone who you think should be a member of our next class?

Now in our 11th year, we will again be recognizing 40 individuals in the horticulture industry who are setting the pace for the future. We want to shine the spotlight on those individuals who will help determine where the industry is headed, why it is headed that way and how we are going to get there.

We are looking for 40 men and women who are trailblazers in their personal and professional lives. They demonstrate superior leadership, creativity, compassion and innovative thinking.

Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 (as of Jan. 31, 2022) can be nominated for the Class of 2022. Individuals previously nominated, but who did not make the final 40, can be nominated again this year.

Click here to nominate your candidate today!

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 21, 2022.

The Class of 2022 will be introduced in the May issue of GPN.

If you have additional questions about GPN’s 40 Under 40, please contact Editorial Director Tim Hodson at

— Tim


Walmart Brings Back ‘Black Friday Deals for Days’

After the positive feedback for Walmart’s reinvented Black Friday shopping experience last year, the retailer recently announced the return of its month-long savings event, “Black Friday Deals for Days.” This year “Black Friday Deals for Days” events will spread out Black Friday savings to three events throughout November to offer customers the best prices of the season. Each savings event will begin online at and continue with the same deals in stores. Also this year, Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events with an opportunity to shop all the same hot deals four hours earlier than the scheduled start times for all three events.

Home Depot Names New Supply Chain Exec

The Home Depot has named John Deaton executive vice president of Supply Chain and Product Development, effective Nov. 1, 2021. He replaces Mark Holifield, who has accepted a role as CEO of a U.S.-based last-mile delivery firm after 15 years with the company. Deaton began his career with the company in 2007 as vice president of supply chain development where he led the rollout of 19 Rapid Deployment Centers. In 2011, he was promoted to senior vice president of brand and product development and was named senior vice president of supply chain in 2017, leading major aspects of the company’s supply chain operations including transportation, distribution and inventory management.

Lowe’s Ramps Up ‘Make More’ Merriment Program for the Holidays

As consumers head into the second holiday season of the pandemic, Lowe’s is committed to helping consumers “make more” this holiday through special services, expanded inventory while supplies last, more ways to shop and “twice as nice” experiences all season long. According to a Lowe’s holiday survey, more than 90 percent of consumers plan to spend as much, if not more, than last year on holiday gifts, and more than 85 percent will participate in holiday traditions. Bill Boltz, Lowe’s executive vice president of merchandising said, “We have taken steps to make sure holiday shopping is more convenient than ever – in our stores and on – so customers can focus on those holiday moments at home. We expect customers are going to want to go big this year, so we are excited to offer them the products and experiences they need to make the most out of their holiday season.”

Tim Hodson

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