NYSNLA Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who have made outstanding and unselfish contributions to the nursery industry in the state of New York.
Jim Presutti, Lifetime CNLP is the 2018 NYSNLA Hall of Fame inductee. Jim has been active in NYSNLA for many years. He is a past president of the state association and currently serves on the board of the New York State Nurserymen's Foundation. He has been a CNLP since 1987 and a Lifetime CNLP since 2014. Jim is also a Certified Arborist.
Since 2000, Jim has been the owner of Hudson Valley Horticultural Services in Newburgh, NY. He began his career in the green industry after earning his forestry degree from Paul Smith's College in 1981. He has done landscaping, pest control, timber marking, forestry mapping, and lawn care, but in more recent years, he has returned to his first love -- trees -- and has become highly respected as a pre-eminent "tree doctor" in New York state and beyond.
"I decided to focus on trees and shrubs, and develop a holistic approach to plant health that incorporates the entire gamut of tree-care methods," he wrote on his company's website. "My life's work has always been to help the trees,'' he says, "just like Dr. Seuss' Lorax."
Jim regularly puts his knowledge to work in his community. On Arbor Day, he visits schools to teach children about trees. He has a special fondness for East Coldenham Elementary School, which he and his children attended. He created a memorial garden on campus and helps the students plant trees in honor of retiring teachers.
Jim is a man of many talents. He played multiple sports in school and was also a race-car driver. He is a talented chef who shares his skills -- and his famous homemade Italian sausage -- with his fellow NYSNLA members at the annual Nurserymen's Foundation picnic.
In nominating Jim for the Hall of Fame, Donna Moramarco, CNLP, another past president and Hall of Famer, wrote, "Jim has worked tirelessly for the State Association -- on its executive board as state president and its other offices, in his region, and for the entire membership for many years. His travels across NYS to attend regional education days, board and strategic planning meetings, and other events to benefit the Association have been an unwavering mainstay of his dedication."
"When I think of Jimmy, I think of character," said Jerry Parmenter, Senior CNLP and fellow past president, who presented him with the Hall of Fame honor. "He does what he says he's going to do, and he always puts his family first. His dedication and professionalism within our association and our green industry as a whole during his career have been profound."
Click here for a list of criteria for this award and directions for submitting a nomination.
1960 - Dr. A.M.A. Pridham, Charles Perkins, Val Curtis, Edwin Costich
1961 - Louis Weinstock, John W. Kelly, Joseph Roesch, Clarence Vanderbrook, Robert Auld
1962 - Dr. Harold B. Tukey Sr., John Visser, Tobbio Martino
1963 - Eugene S. Boerner
1964 - Frank S. BonGiorno
1965 - Al Synesael
1966 - William F. Kuhl
1967 - Harry Raben
1968 - C. Powers Taylor
1970 - George W. Wren
1971 - Bernard B. Stangler
1972 - Lawrence L. Labriola
1973 - Edward Pettillon
1974 - Herman Eberhard
1975 - Dave Schade
1976 - John Newhouse
1978 - Dr. George Good
1979 - William Bailey
1980 - Edwin M. Fava
1981 - Anna Feile
1982 - Bob Case
1983 - George Schichtel
1984 - George Kallfelz
1985 - Henry Weller
1986 - Alfred H. Krautter, Lifetime CNLP
1987 - Fritz Schaefer, Lifetime CNLP
1988 - Frank Ferraro
1989 - Kenneth Wilk
1990 - Jack Lander
1991 - David Linehan, Senior Lifetime CNLP
1992 - Heinrich Fischer, Lifetime CNLP
1993 - Fred Mitchell
1994 - Jim Shearer
1995 - John Braddell
1996 - George "Skip" Miller
1997 - George Gibbs
1998 - Peter Costich
1999 - Dave McIntyre
2000 - Jan Jansen, Lifetime CNLP
2001 - Kenneth R. Hill, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2002 - Edward Dore, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2003 - Marj Olds
2004 - William "Bill" Head
2005 - David M. Taylor
2006 - Bob Kretzer
2007 - Dale Tuttle, Lifetime CNLP
2008 - Gregory Frank
2009 - David Ryan, Senior CNLP
2010 - Vincent Drzewucki, Senior CNLP
2011 - Robert Smith
2012 - Mike Pollack
2013 - Donna Moramarco, CNLP
2014 - Michael Grimm, Senior Lifetime CNLP
2015 - Jeffrey Rogers, CNLP
2016 - Jackie Crane, CNLP
2017 - Chris Zeisz, Lifetime CNLP