Lynda Wightman has announced her retirement from Hunter Industries, a San Marcos, California, a family-owned, global manufacturer of products for the irrigation, landscape lighting, dispensing technology, and custom manufacturing sectors. Her retirement will coincide with her 35th anniversary as an employee, effective Feb. 18, 2020.
Lynda has served as Hunter’s industry relations manager for landscape irrigation and outdoor lighting for more than a decade and has held various other sales and leadership roles over the past 34 years. Education has been her passion throughout her career, as seen in her stewardship of the National Association of Landscape Contractors National Collegiate Landscape Competition, STMA Student Challenge, and countless seminars she personally taught at colleges, universities, and markets domestically and abroad.
Lynda's contributions have been appreciated and celebrated throughout the green industry. She has received numerous awards during her career, including the Sam Tobey Lifetime Achievement Award (ASIC), the STMA Harry C. Gill Founders Award and induction into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.
She also held leadership and Board of Directors positions with numerous green industry organizations including the Irrigation Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Irrigation Consultants, Sports Turf Managers Association, National Association of Landscape Professionals, and Professional Grounds Maintenance Society, among several others.
“Lynda’s steadfast leadership of our industry relations efforts will be missed,” said Gene Smith, president of landscape irrigation and outdoor lighting. “Our commitment to our industry partners will remain an integral part of our culture.”
Plans are currently being formed to continue support and leadership of industry organizations and partnerships.
“Lynda was there in the very early years of Hunter’s existence,” says Greg Hunter, CEO of Hunter Industries. “Her impact on our company, the Hunter family, and the green industry was monumental. We will miss her.”