Ashlie Tagawa Mohr appointed to AFE’s Vic & Margaret Ball Committee
The Consumer Perceptions of Floral Industry Sustainability Examined (AFE) recently announced that Ashlie Tagawa Mohr has been appointed as the newest member of the Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Committee. She is currently the director of human resources and intern coordinator for Tagawa Greenhouses in Brighton, Colorado, where her focus is on staffing, training, and employee relations.
In her new role on the committee, Mohr will be working with industry, faculty, and the Ball Family representative to review student applications for the Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and help promote the program to students.
In 1992, Vic and Margaret Ball made a donation to AFE to establish this program for students to apply classroom knowledge, and give students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on floriculture/horticulture experience through a three, four, or six-month paid internship at a commercial production greenhouse or nursery.
“At Tagawas, I think we’ve always understood that the future of the industry depends on the future generations. My grandpa always says that if we bring up the industry, it will bring all of us up together. Thus, I want to make sure that whenever interns (or any of our employees) spend part of their careers with us, that they have the opportunity to be successful and find their time with us beneficial,” Mohr said.
“Sometimes our interns will come back to us as future growers and managers, but other times they come back to us as our suppliers, vendors, partners, customers, or experts in the field. And, it’s exciting to be a part of their stories. The motto around here is ‘WE GROW,’ and so I usually joke that since I’m not the best at growing flowers, that’s why they put me in charge of the people. But I like being in the business of growing with people, and to me that’s the best part of our internship and training programs – I end up learning so much from the different people and ideas that they have when given the space to grow.”
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