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Hortica Announces New Board Chair

Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits announces that, effective immediately, former chairman of the board M. James Leider will re-assume the role of chairman until the company’s February 24, 2009 policyholders meeting. He replaces Todd Bachman, who was killed tragically in Beijing last month. Leider had served as chairman of the board from October 1997 to February 2008.

Jim Leider is Chairman & CEO of Leider Horticultural Companies, Inc. Based in the Chicago area, the company operates a commercial greenhouse operation and seasonal retail garden centers in Buffalo Grove, Ill., a nursery and farm in Knox County Ill., and a foliage plant nursery in Boynton Beach, Fla. He has served as past chairman for several industry organizations including the Society of American Florists and the American Floral Endowment.