August Ultimate Roundtable
Whether you’re working with flowers, ornamental plants or produce, this webinar is for you! Join other industry professionals and Seed Your Future for an exclusive cross-segment discussion with growers, wholesalers and suppliers to discuss how to build a pipeline of labor on a local level. During this one-hour virtual gathering, attendees will receive a brief update on production, logistics and manufacturing trends, followed by a quick economic outlook from SAF Chief Economist Charlie Hall, Ph.D., the Ellison Chair of Floriculture at Texas A&M University. Then, attendees will hear from Seed Your Future Executive Director Jazmin Albarran about the organization’s Green Career Week initiative designed to help industry businesses engage with students. Several Green Career Week participants will share how the program has helped them build relationships with schools and students and offer tips to others about how to get involved.
Charlie Hall, Ph.D.
Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture
Texas A&M University
A native of North Carolina, Dr. Charlie Hall received a B.S. in AgriculturalEconomics from the University of Tennessee in 1984, a Master's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. He began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.
Dr. Hall's expertise is in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops. He is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His major research, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms.
Dr. Hall currently serves as the Chief Economist for American Hort and Co-Chair of the Advisory Council of Seed Your Future. He is former President and Past-President of the board of directors for America in Bloom. He received the Paul Ecke, Jr. award from the Society of American Florists for professional contributions to the floral industry and the Porter Henegar Memorial Award from the Southern Nursery Association for significant contributions to ornamental horticulture research and to the Southern Nursery Association.
He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Student Counseling and Relations. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity and has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.