2008 CALS Alumni Awards

Jeffrey Miller (’70) received the Outstanding Alumni Award

Jeffrey is president of Horticulture Management Associates LLC, a company that designs, hosts, and maintains websites for various organizations and nursery businesses. He serves as Executive Director of three prominent horticultural associations in Virginia (Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, Virginia Green Industry Council, and the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association) and is a member of many organizations such as the American Association of Association Executives, Garden Writers of America, Nursery and Landscape Association Executives of North America, Southern Nursery Association, Virginia Farm Bureau, Virginia 4–H All–Stars, and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

His past awards include:

  • Virginia Tech Ag Alumni Organization Distinguished Service Citation (1996)
    Small Business Leader of the Year from the Christiansburg–Montgomery County
  • Chamber of Commerce (1992)
  • David E. Laird Memorial Award for outstanding contributions and service in the field of Environmental Horticulture by the Southern Nursery Association (1983)

    Josh Kane (’98) received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award

    Josh’s entrepreneurial spirit and efforts transformed a one-man mowing operation into a $3 million company that employs over 30 people. His company, Kane Lawn & Landscapes, specializes in high quality landscape contracting activities in the northern Virginia area. Josh is a landscape designer and his designing talent has earned he and his company the very prestigious “Best in Show” award at the Washington Home and Garden Expo. He has also been awarded Planets National Safety Award the past several years. Josh is very active in his community with work donated to the local Habitat for Humanity and school clean–up drives, as well as sponsoring little league sports teams.