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NALP CEO steps down

February 1, 2019 -  By

Sabeena Hickman is stepping down as CEO of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Hickman, who served as CEO for nearly 12 years, will serve as a consultant to the organization for the next six months to ensure a smooth transition of leadership responsibilities.

“I am extremely proud of all that this association has accomplished during my tenure and — in particular — of the people whom I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside of and learn from,” said Hickman. “While change is always bittersweet, I’ve reached a point in my professional career where I’m ready to explore new opportunities and take on different challenges. I’m excited about the opportunity this creates to pass the torch to a new leader who can bring fresh ideas and energy to NALP. As we prepare for this transition, I have every confidence in our talented and experienced leadership team and staff, and know that the association is poised for tremendous success in the coming years.”

NALP has formed a task force which will oversee transition plans and the organization’s search for a new chief executive. Jeff Buhler, NALP president, noted that the association will continue to operate fully during the transition.

“Sabeena leaves our association in a remarkably strong state, which is a true reflection of her strategic leadership, unfailing dedication to our members and passion for bettering the landscape industry,” said Buhler. “Under her leadership, NALP has increased revenue by 38 percent over the past three years to $7.2 million, and grew membership by 12 percent in the last year alone. From leading the association’s pivotal evolution – from Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) to NALP – to strengthening our partnership with the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and growing the GIE+Expo, from the creation of the Industry Growth Initiative to fostering new industry leadership on NALP’s board and staff, Sabeena leaves a long-lasting legacy, for which we owe her an enormous amount of appreciation and thanks.”

Hickman joined NALP, then known as PLANET, in 2007 as COO. She was appointed Acting CEO in 2008 and named CEO in 2009. Prior to joining NALP, she was chief of the Learning Center for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association and the COO for the American Composites Manufacturers Association.

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