Danny serves as our

Chief Instigator

Danny Summers
The Garden Center Group

Managing Director

DANNY SUMMERS possesses a wealth of knowledge in various business sectors of for-profit and non-profit business management. Prior to The Garden Center Group, he served as Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association, a regional trade association with more than 1,800 members, for 18 years (1988 - 2006). Danny developed one of the industry’s largest trade shows, with more than 800 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees, and created and managed the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund in 1989.

His for-profit experience includes sales and marketing management of retail, wholesale, and manufacturing businesses. Danny’s areas of expertise encompass association/foundation startup and management, consulting and strategic services, event and trade show management, grant writing and management, fundraising and marketing, and implementation of systems and workflows to support these programs.

Danny is known for his no-nonsense and straightforward approach, and his ability to see the “big picture” and provide a roadmap for a business to succeed. He currently serves as Managing Director for The Garden Center Group (2015 to present) and Executive Vice President of the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund (1989 to present), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting horticultural students with scholarship funding.