The Green Industry Hall of Fame

Beginning in 1997, the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) began recognizing professionals who have made a significent impact to the green industry throughout their careers. Each year candidates are nominated by their respective associations and then submitted to the Hall of Fame Committee for review and final selection. Once the selection(s) have been determined, recipients are honored and celebrated at a special ceremony among their family, peers, and other industry leaders. The Commercial Growers of Wisconsin are proud to have had several members inducted into this prestigious hall through the years. Since the dissolve of the WGIF in 2018, the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) carries on this rich and necessary tradition.

1997 Charter Members

Ken Altorfer

Patrick Buckley

Samuel Ferguson

Charles Gerlach

Kenneth Greaves

Don Groth

Dr. Edward Hasselkus

Wayne Johnson

William Jung

Karl Junginger

Delmar Lied

Thomas Lied

Lindor Maleztke

W.G. McKay

George Pinney

Thomas Pinney, Jr.

John Schaefgen

Richard C. Schneider, Jr.

Arnold Sieg

Herbert Trautman

John Voight

Tuenis Zondag

1999

L.H. Bruce

Richard H. Garbe

Thomas Pinney, Sr.

2000

L.H. Bruce

Richard H. Garbe

Thomas Pinney, Sr.

2001

Egon Herrmann

Walter C. Holzbog

Edwin Hunkel

2002

Dave Damitz

Bliss Nicholson

Marshall Scheibe

Matthew Stano

2003

Harry Radtke

Paul Swartz

2004

Paul A. Arndt

2005

Don Hahlbeck

John C. Orton

2006

Neal Karthauser

2007

Peter Ganshert

2008

Robert L. Herman

2009

Dr. Gayle Worf

2010

Robert C. Walkoe

2011

James W. Huggett

2012

Dr. Louis M. Berninger

Greg Long

Melinda Myers

2013

Dr. Charles Koval

2014

Phillip Pellitteri

2015

Monroe Miller

2016

Shelley Ryan

Dr. Eugene Smalley

2017

Ron Amos

2018

Randy Jasperson

Ed Knapton

2019

David J. Frank

2020

Terry Kurth

Bill Vogel