CLCA Executive Director Sharon McGuire retires

June 17, 2013 -  By

Sharon McGuire, the longtime executive director of the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA), retired on June 9. McGuire was an active member of the CLCA since 1980 and held the executive director post since 1986.

Headshot: Sharon McGuire

Headshot: Sharon McGuire

The association praised McGuire in a press release, saying, “As executive director, Ms. McGuire has overseen the expansion of the association from four staff members to nine in-house staff members. Her sound financial management, excellent analytical skills and long-term vision have allowed the association to survive and thrive throughout her tenure, despite some tough times through droughts and recessions.”

And McGuire’s impact endures. Through her leadership, McGuire helped increase the CLCA’s governmental affairs presence, expanded member benefits and communications, played an important role in starting the Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation and advocated for the reduction of outdoor water use.

“It will be tough to fill Sharon’s position,” said CLCA President Frank Niccoli in the release. “Her dedication and commitment to the association and the industry are legendary. She is the heart of our association.”

McGuire chaired the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Association Executives Committee from 2008-2010. In 2010 she was recognized as Executive Director of the Year by PLANET and inducted into the Green Industry Hall of Fame.

With McGuire’s departure, the association’s Larry Rohlfes has been promoted to interim executive director.

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