Glenda Sloan McNary, Director of Member Services & Community Relations
Glenda Sloan McNary started working part time for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association not long after it was incorporated in 1982. She has witnessed lots of changes through the years, working for more than half of her life for the strawberry growers. It’s no wonder this native of Plant City, Fla., considers the FSGA her second family.
A former legal secretary, Glenda graduated from Plant City High School in 1968 and attended St. Petersburg Junior College. She was approached by Tommy Brock, one of five local strawberry growers who founded FSGA. He asked if she would be interested in helping the fledgling group recruit new members and get them organized.
Glenda laughs when she remembers her interview with Bob Hinton, FSGA’s first president who hired her.
Bob dictated a letter to me and then wanted me to transcribe it. He took me into another office and sat me down at a typewriter that had “keys” (something foreign for me). When we turned it on, it shook the whole table. I looked at Bob (a man I had just met) and said, “Is this for real or is this a joke?” We both had a good laugh about that, but he was serious. It took me forever to type that letter, because I spent most of my time pulling the keys apart as they were sticking.
It wasn’t long before Glenda’s part-time job turned into a full-time position. After FSGA hired Dr. Chip Hinton as executive director, it was just the two of them running the association for the first 10 years. She worked for Dr. Hinton for a total of 25 years, and appreciates their friendship and all that he taught her throughout those years.
As director of member services and community relations, Glenda is responsible for keeping Grower, Associate, and Handler members updated on new laws and regulations that may affect their business, sending out notices of meetings and seminars, and distributing advertising materials to growers for Associate members. She participates in community events throughout the season, including the Hillsborough County Ag Venture, Florida State Fair, Florida Strawberry Festival, FFA State Convention, and the annual EPCOT Fresh From Florida Flower & Garden Show. She also travels with FSGA Ambassadors annually to Tallahassee for Legislative Appreciation Day.
Glenda is single and has a daughter, Shawnia, a son, Chad; and two grandchildren, Cody and Savannah. She loves to relax at the beach with a good book, and may very well become a beach bum after retiring. She also enjoys shopping, going to the movies, watching TV, playing on Pinterest, spending quality time with her family and eating lots of Florida strawberries.