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The Executive Committee for the Western Region has voted in a new 1st Vice President!

The Executive Committee for the Western Region has voted in a new 1st Vice President!

Tony Shireman attended Oregon State University and initially took courses in Computer Science before switching to Botany. After changing from programming to plants, he worked in a genetics lab analyzing Pinus spp. DNA for evolutionary relationships, in the OSU greenhouses as a certified pesticide applicator, and in a TC lab micropropagating Corylus avellana.

Graduating from OSU in 2006 with a B.S. in Botany, Tony minored in Chemistry with an emphasis in plant molecular genetics and biotechnology. Post-graduation, he sought work in the nursery industry in Oregon. Tony first held a supervisory role at a leading Oregon micropropagation company and attended his first IPPS meeting. He then moved to a role at the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis, Oregon. Then he served in a managerial role for over 10 years at a global company based in Oregon. During his time there, Tony built and expanded a commercial micropropagation lab to over 9,000 square feet capable of producing millions of plants per year. He also worked with numerous partner labs in South America, Europe, and South Africa to increase production, improve processes, and enhance quality.

Tony values the "seek and share" mindset of IPPS as well as the relationships he has gained with industry professionals through his membership. He was a recipient of the 2015 IPPS Western/New Zealand Regions Young Professional Exchange Fellowship and served as the IPPS Oregon Area Director. A member since 2010, Tony currently works in government IT services and resides in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with his family.