At the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association’s (FFAA) annual meeting, Sam Hopwood, former president of TradeMark Nitrogen, received the FFAA’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his enthusiastic service to the industry.
Hopwood, who began his career at TradeMark Nitrogen as Vice President of Finance, was known as a charismatic leader around the TradeMark property. He was also known to frequently walk around TradeMark’s 22-acre facility in Tampa, FL. Hopwood commented on these experiences, “I enjoyed getting out there and spending some time with the team in the plant, there was always something to be done. I learned about aspects of the business outside of the office that I otherwise would not have understood, and I got to know everyone out there on much more of a personal level.”
In 1988, Hopwood walked through TradeMark Nitrogen’s front entrance off of Old Hopewell Rd., and in 2009, he walked out that same entrance leaving TradeMark in a much stronger position than he saw it in 1988. After becoming President and Chairman of the Board in 1996, Hopwood devoted himself to TradeMark and Florida Agriculture.
Hopwood held many positions among the various associations and organizations in the Florida agriculture community. Most notable of those positions, were his contributions to the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association. As Scholarship Chairman, and chief organizer of the FFAA’s annual golf tournament, Hopwood helped the FFAA and its members donate thousands of dollars towards scholarships for young students pursuing their education in agriculture related fields.
“His influence on these particular programs has left a permanent impact on Florida agriculture and will continue to do so as the next generation of agricultural leaders take the helm,” said Mike Barry, current President of TradeMark Nitrogen.