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Scotts appoints Michelle Johnson to its board

BY HBSDealer Staff

Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has named StudentsFirst CEO Michelle Johnson to its board of directors, effective immediately.

Johnson will serve on the company’s Compensation and Organization and Innovation and Marketing Committees; her term expires in 2015.

"Michelle is an innovator, a change agent and has clearly helped shape the national dialogue in her field," said Jim Hagedorn, chairman and CEO. "We look forward to her bringing a unique perspective to our board that will help shape our thinking and make Scotts a stronger and smarter company as we look to the future."

Johnson founded Sacramento-based StudentsFirst in 2010, which helps kids secure access to quality teachers and schools as part of a bipartisan, grassroots effort.

Johnson also launched The New Teacher Project, of which organization she was CEO and president. She is also the former chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

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AV Homes touches down in Jacksonville

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AV Homes is expanding its footprint into the Jacksonville market with the purchase of 80 acres in the metro, which deal closed Aug. 8 for an undisclosed price.

"This property is beautiful and truly unique," said David Smith, Florida division president. "The AV Homes team is committed to creating a community in harmony with its natural surroundings for future residents to enjoy."

The move puts AV Homes on the map in a community whose economic fundamentals have made a strong showing as of late, creating ripe conditions for new home demand.

"AV Homes recognizes the current and future housing needs in Jacksonville — the timing is right," said Smith. "Jacksonville is a vibrant city, and we know the AV Homes brand will be well received here."

Plans for the community so far are based upon an urban park design featuring front porches and extensive sidewalk space for pedestrians.

The property is located off the 295 Beltway and Butler Boulevard near St. Johns Town Center.

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Poly-Wood names director of sales and marketing

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Syracuse, Indiana-based Poly-Wood, Inc. named Megan Pierson as the new director of sales and marketing for the designer and manufacturer of high-performance, eco-friendly casual outdoor furniture. 

Previously holding the position of administrative director for Poly-Wood, Inc.,  Pierson now will direct the company’s sales team including in-house staff and independent representatives.

“Megan’s years of experience, not only within Poly-Wood, but as the owner of her own company, have created an opportunity for her to take an even greater position within our leadership team,” said Doug Rassi, president of Poly-Wood. “We look forward to the contribution of her enthusiasm and passion in the growth of our brand.”

Pierson will report to Rassi.

“There are exciting things happening and the leadership position we hold in our category ultimately benefits everyone within our company,” she said.

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