From the Oregonian:
The Society of American Florists is the national trade association representing the floral industry and was chartered by an act of Congress in 1884. Its board of directors elects the president and president-elect and each position serves a three-year term. In 2013, the board elected Meskers as president-elect.
Meskers has served in a number of volunteer leadership roles within the society, including as a member of the group's growers council, board of directors and executive committee, as well as its convention and former business and economic trends committees.
He grew up in Holland and received an education in bulbs and flowers before working in the family bulb business as a third-generation grower. In 1979, he moved to the United States. Two years later, he married Helene. Together, they started Oregon Flowers in 1985. In recent years, two of the Meskers' children, Jacinth and Tyler, have rejoined the family business; they shared their story in the February 2015 cover article for the Society of American Florists' Floral Management magazine.
Meskers also is active with the Oregon Association of Nurseries, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and the North American Lily Society, and is a past recipient of an innovator award from Greenhouse Manager.
An active member of his local community, Meskers has been a volunteer at his local St. Patrick's Catholic Church for 20 years. He donates time, energy and flowers to many local groups, including St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and the North Marion School District.
Outside of work, Meskers enjoys soccer — playing, watching and coaching. His favorite team is Manchester United.