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GROWS Names Angelo Butera 2016 Future Leader

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Future Leaders GROWS!Angelo Butera of Minuteman High School Recognized as Future Leader of the Year by New England GROWS

Boston, Massachusetts—More than 600 high school students from across New England made the trip to Boston on December 2- 4, 2015 to participate in the Future Leaders program at New England GROWS -a conference and tradeshow that is attended by more than 11,000 green industry professionals every year. Angelo Butera, a horticulture student at Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass. was named the GROWS Future Leader of the Year based on an essay he wrote about his experiences at GROWS that captured the spirit, determination and insight of a Future Leader.

"New England GROWS is a great place for young people to discover all the possibilities and potential available to them in this growing industry," said Doug McDuff, a New England GROWS' board member and owner of Landscape America, Inc. in Wrentham, Mass. "Engaged students make exceptional employees. As business owners, we're thrilled with the enthusiastic response our Future Leaders program has received from students, parents and industry members."

The GROWS Future Leaders program provides high school students with an exclusive opportunity to gain cutting-edge horticultural knowledge, engage with industry leaders, explore the latest equipment and services, and become familiar with many career options.

"Leading up to the visit to New England GROWS, I was so excited to see what all the hype was about and, honestly, no one exaggerated anything," said one student. "In fact, I under estimated how amazing this was going to be!"

The students' day began with an orientation session that featured the debut of a recently released video called, "Finding Your Place in the Green Industry." The session also included guidance from a panel of industry representatives who, along with many other GROWS participants, served as Future Leader Ambassadors.

With Ambassadors' tips in hand, students fanned out across the exposition and conference to learn all that they could about the green industry in New England. They attended conference sessions, visited with exhibitors, checked out the Career Center, and spoke with industry members to learn more about their potential career path.

After the conference, students were encouraged to write an essay about what they learned from their experience at New England GROWS. Program sponsors and industry leaders pored over more than 60 submissions. The judges selected Angelo Butera of Minuteman High School in Lexington, Mass. as this year's GROWS Future Leader.

Angelo was recognized for his achievement in a ceremony held at Minuteman High School on May 10, 2016. Michelle Harvey, New England GROWS' president and owner of Lakeview Nurseries in Lunenburg, Mass. presented Angelo with the 2016 GROWS Future Leader of the Year award in a room filled with fellow students, family, faculty members, and horticulture industry leaders.

"We felt Angelo's essay demonstrated technical knowledge, as well as an understanding of the big picture and how the information he learned at GROWS would be applicable to grow his family's business," said Ms. Harvey. She noted that Angelo represents the third generation of a family-owned landscape business, Leo Butera & Sons Landscaping, of West Newton, Mass. Now in his junior year at Minuteman, he is an honors student who is also an active leader in the Minuteman FFA chapter and participates in the school's Cooperative Education Program.

In his winning Future Leaders essay, Angelo wrote, "I definitely plan on using all the advice and technology I learned from vendors and business leaders [at GROWS] to help increase profit margins and productivity for my family [landscape] business ... and turn it into a force to be reckoned with in the green industry."

The next New England GROWS will be held again on November 30 - December 2, 2016 at the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center. To learn more about New England GROWS and the Future Leaders program, visit or contact Anne Franks via e-mail or phone (508) 653-3009.

Angelo Butera is joined by his family as he is recognized as the New England GROWS' Future Leader of the Year at Minuteman High School on May 10, 2016.

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