Hall Of Fame Inductees


The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.


Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.


Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.


Nomination Qualifications

  • Person with integrity and passion
  • Minimum 20 years in industry
  • Someone who has developed  or invented  new technology
  • Has made contributions that resulted in change
  • Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
  • Provided education and encouragement  with self-sacrifice
  • Changed the industry

Originally a dairy farmers daughter raised in Indiana, Cheryl Goar, CAE, has been Executive Director of the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA), a 250-member trade association for the wholesale and retail nursery industry, for the past 26 years.  As such, she manages a staff of three and a budget of just under $400,000.   She is responsible for the government regulations and lobbying as well as the public relations and administration of the association.  Cheryl also serves as director of the association’s 501c3 foundation, ANAFUND, which has a balance of just over $500,000.  The foundation provides over $27,000 in yearly scholarships to worthy students pursuing degrees in horticultural related fields.

Most recently, Cheryl has been recognized as the driving force behind the Plant Something campaign, a national marketing program for the green industry.  Under her direction, the association received its first grant in 2010 to develop the program and since its inception, has received over $500,000 in grant funds and has taken the program to 25 partner states.

She holds a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations from Purdue University, a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Arizona State University and a Masters in Agribusiness from Arizona State University.  Cheryl received her Certified Association Executive designation in 1999 from the American Society of Association Executives.  Formerly the Marketing Director at ANA, she has been active in the non-profit and agricultural arena in Arizona for over 28 years.

Cheryl is active in many associations including Past President of the Arizona Society of Association Executives and current President of the Project CENTRL leadership development program board.  She is also a proud Past President of Board of Directors for the Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America.