ONLA’s Young Professional of the Year Award seeks to recognize young professionals, age 35 or under, who have contributed significantly to the success of their company of employment and have been actively involved in ONLA and/or national association activities. The ONLA wishes to not only recognize but to encourage participation, growth and achievement by young professionals involved in production, landscape, retail and/or maintenance aspects of our industry. The selection of the Young Professional of the Year is made by the ONLA Distinguished Contribution Awards Committee.
Reiner was born in Columbus, Ohio and is a graduate of St. Charles Preparatory School. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance. While attending CMU, he interned at Goldman Sachs in Great Britain. He was a four year starter and captain on their football team and was elected one of Carnegie Mellon University’s most outstanding players of the last 25 years. Before moving on to his next employment, he found out what a sledge hammer, shovel, and saw were all about as he spent the summer building loading docks at Acorn Farms. They still stand today.
After college graduation, he then traveled to New York City and Wall Street as a stock trader for various firms for the next six years.
He presently serves as Vice President of Operations for Oakland Nurseries and its four Garden Centers. He also serves as Oakland’s Head Buyer of Green Goods and was fundamental in developing Oakland’s Award Program.
He plays a pivotal role in Oakland Nurseries business and insurance negotiations and was a motivating force in acquiring Oakland’s fourth retail site in New Albany, Ohio. He is a key component in Oakland Nurseries continued growth.
Reiner currently serves on the ONLA Board of Directors and the City of Bexley, Ohio Tree and Public Garden Commission. This young, industry leader is married to his wife Ashley and has two daughters – Ella and Maggie. The ONLA is pleased to present the 2014 Young Professional of the Year Award to Mark Reiner.
The ONLA’s annual convention, the Central Environmental Nursery Trade Show (CENTS), is scheduled for January 7-9, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel, Columbus. The trade show is open to persons in the nursery and landscape industry.