RISE members gather in Arizona for annual meeting
FMC’s Jill Holihan, second from right, was honored at the RISE meeting in Arizona for her industry leadership and advocacy. Also pictured are FMC’s Abizar ‘Zack’ Zaki, Bayer Environmental Sciences’ Gilles Galliou, Clarke’s Karen Larson and Central Garden & Pet’s Darren Horst.
Photo courtesy of RISE

RISE members gather in Arizona for annual meeting

Attendees focus on increasing engagement and advocacy.

August 30, 2019

RISE welcomed new governing board members and recognized dedicated volunteers during its 29th annual meeting in Marana, Ariz. Leaders at the meeting focused on heightening engagement and advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Nearly 185 manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders attended the meeting held August 26-29. 
“Our members and partners, including our extensive grassroots network, have risen to address growing advocacy needs over the past few years,” said Gilles Galliou, RISE governing board chair and head of region, Americas, at Bayer Environmental Science. “Looking ahead, we foresee a need for even more engagement to share the benefits of our industry’s products.”
The RISE Governing Board met Aug. 26, and elected new members: Stephanie Jensen, BASF, holding a manufacturer seat; Karen Larson, Clarke, holding a formulator seat; and Scott Todd, Central Life Sciences, holding a manufacturer seat. The Board also elected a new executive committee:
  • Gilles Galliou, chair, Bayer Environmental Science
  • Sean Casey, vice chair, Nufarm Americas, Inc.
  • Karen Larson, treasurer, Clarke
Outgoing Board members completing their terms are Darren Horst, chair, Central Garden & Pet; Abizar “Zack” Zaki, Treasurer, FMC Corporation; and Jeff Alvis, AMVAC Environmental Products.
Others continuing their terms on the board include:
  • Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience
  • Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
  • Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation
  • Todd Ferguson, Primera, Inc.
  • Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA
  • Neil Cleveland, PBI-Gordon Corporation
  • Scott Reasons, Syngenta
  • John Smith, WinField United
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply
Horst awarded RISE Volunteer Service Recognitions to two outgoing RISE committee chairs: Karen Larson, Clarke, strategic oversight council co-chair, and Dave Ravel, Syngenta Professional Solutions, programs & membership committee chair.
Horst presented the association’s highest honor, the E. Allen James Leadership Award, to Jill Holihan, FMC Corporation, in the opening general session. Currently a member of the RISE Regulatory Affairs Committee and chair of the committee from 2016-18, Holihan was honored for her industry leadership and dedicated efforts to improve the regulatory environment for the specialty industry. Past E. Allen James Award honorees Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation; Josh Weeks, Joshua H. Weeks Consulting, LLC; and Jose Milan, Bayer, joined Holihan to celebrate.