People Who Strengthen CNGA and the Industry

Each year, CNGA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to CNGA and the industry. The following awards are presented to individuals each year at the annual Industry Celebration:

Hall of Fame - This prestigious award is presented to an individual who, throughout their career, has demonstrated leadership and commitment resulting in overall improvements to the industry.

Person of the Year - This award recognizes an individual who in the last 12 months has made a positive impact on the regional horticulture industry through their involvement, actions or participation in the promotion of professionalism, creativity and involvement for the betterment of the industry.

Horizon - This award acknowledges an individual who has been in the industry less than five years, exhibits the qualities and high standards exemplifying CNGA, and during that time has made a significant contribution to a CNGA firm.

Exemplary Service Award - Given to an individual who is in the industry and employed by a CNGA Member firm. This individual exhibits the qualities and high standards exemplifying CNGA, has made a significant contribution to a CNGA firm and represents the best of the industry.

2019 Award Winners

Ray Daugherty, CCNP | Hall of Fame Award
Ray has taught at Front Range Community College in the Horticulture and Landscape Technologies Dept. for the past 22 years. Prior to that he worked at Green Acres Nursery and Center Greenhouse as a propagator. He also owned his own landscape maintenance company. Ray has developed numerous horticulture classes that have advanced the professionalism and knowledge of his students. He was a leader in developing the Colorado Community College System’s transfer degree agreements with CSU. Ray is selfless when it comes to advancing, supporting and positively influencing the green industry in Colorado. 

Corrine Bostrom | Horizon Award

Cori has packed a lot into her young career, from a pansy trial coordinator at CSU to a greenhouse assistant and lab technician for the USDA-ARS. She is a member of Pi Alpha Xi, the National Honor Society for Horticulture, and has become an integral part of the Arbor Valley Nursery team. She was the lead in Arbor Valley's AskCori video series, creating videos on a wide range of nursery and horticulture topics geared towards customers, their end customers, and the general public. Helping out whenever and wherever needed, and always with  a smile on her face, she promises to be a future leader in the horticulture industry.

Kathleen McGuar | Horizon Award

Kathleen started her horticulture journey in high school where she participated and served as president in Future Farmers of America. She graduated from CSU with a degree in Agriculture Business then started her career in the freight insurance industry. Seeking to get back to her love of plants, she moved on to join her current employer, Plantivity. She has found her niche in logistics and shipping where she oversees more than 300 truck loads of trees and shrubs a year. Her humor shines through when things are at their craziest and she never backs down from a challenge, always thinking or creating new ways to get things done for her customers.

Tracey Tonning | Exemplary Service Award

Tracey works for Alameda Wholesale Nursery and exemplifies a dedication to our industry with intelligence, humility, grace and caring that meets no rival. She is a humble warrior for our industry, she listens to our concerns, she is a teacher when we need advice and she is a friend when you are swamped. Tracey is what is right about the Green Industry in Colorado and we’re thankful for the amazing contributions she gives selflessly each day to all of us.


Dr. Ajay Menon  | Person of the Year Award

Dr. Menon was instrumental with the move of CSU’s Herbaceous Perennial and Ornamental Grass Garden, which was necessary as a result of the new football stadium construction. The move involved approximately 3,000 plants, each of which included proper identification to allow continuation of research on each plant. In addition,19 trees were saved and relocated and a new irrigation system was installed. He also assisted in preserving the campus arboretum, a unique collection of trees that have stood on campus for 35 years. Along with the new Heritage Garden, the arboretum showcases Colorado’s agricultural legacy and the vast diversity of trees that grow well in Colorado’s climate.

Previous Award Winners

Award winners are nominated by CNGA members. If you know someone worthy of an award consideration, please complete this form.