We are thrilled to share that Jim Martin, President and Founder of James Martin Associates (JMA), recently received an award from the Illinois Green Industry Association (IGIA) at the 13th Annual Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Tribute Dinner. Jim was honored for his outstanding emphasis on education and mentorship over the past 40 years.
Martin graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in 1972 and was a scholarship recipient all four of his years there. Since graduation, he has been an Annual Fund Contributor to the Department of Landscape Architecture.
He became a member of the President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation in 1992 and also served as a visiting professor in 1987. Upon Professor Terence Harkness’s retirement, Martin created the Terrence Harkness Lecture Endowment Fund for the Department of Landscape Architecture.
As additional evidence that Martin places strong importance on mentoring and teaching, James Martin Associates has awarded over 30 scholarships to students in the field of Landscape Architecture and has trained more than 120 industry professionals through its internship and management training programs. This focus on scholarship and mentorship led to Martin’s nomination at the annual IGIA gala.
The event attendees had nothing but accolades for their fellow green industry professional, such as this statement from Ann Tosovsky of Home Nursery:
Congratulations and thank you Jim for your ongoing support of the IGIA and the green industry of Illinois. Thank you also for your continued commitment in supporting the legacy of my dad and other forefathers who made the pursuit of public policy efforts and legislative initiatives a top priority to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of our nursery and landscape industry. As a proud sponsor of GIPAC and the Chuck Tosovsky Memorial Dinner, we are thrilled to be honoring you this evening.
The event was celebrated with other professionals in the landscape industry, team members from James Martin Associates, and Martin’s family. All funds raised were given to the Green Industry Political Action Committee (GIPAC), an organization that supports lobbyists for the nursery and landscape industry.
Learn more about JMA’s history and involvement in the green industry.