Hortica Names New Board Chair

Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits recently announced former chairman of the board Jim Leider will reassume his role of chairman until the company’s February 2009 policyholders meeting. Leider replaces Todd Bachman, who was tragically killed at the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.

Leider served as chairman of the board from October 1997 to February 2008. He is also chairman & CEO of Leider Horticultural Companies based in the Chicago area. His company operates a commercial greenhouse operation and seasonal retail garden centers in Buffalo Grove, Ill., a nursery and farm in Knox County, Ill., and a foliage plant nursery in Boynton Beach, Fla.

In addition to serving Hortica, Leider has also served as past chairman for the Society of American Florists (SAF) and the American Floral Endowment (AFE).

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