Following long-time CEO Sabeena Hickman’s departure in February, the National Association of Landscape Professionals has named Carol Keeling as interim chief executive officer. Keeling has served as the association’s vice president of finance and administration since 2007, a role she will continue to hold as NALP looks for a permanent replacement for Hickman.
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“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with as much leadership and industry experience as Carol at the helm during this transition period,” Jeff Buhler, NALP president, said in a statement. “In her nearly 12 years with the association, Carol has skillfully and strategically overseen the financial, human resources and information technology areas of NALP.”
Keeling has a background in accounting and tax consulting. Buhler cited her as a “driving force” in several initiatives, including implementing two fiscal year changes, managing the post-financial merger of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America into the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), then the rebranding of PLANET into NALP.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve the professional landscape industry in this expanded capacity,” Keeling said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with our talented staff and dedicated board to continue to carry out the association’s mission of serving our members and ensuring the long-term growth and stability of NALP. The association has a strong future ahead.”
Hickman announced her resignation in February to pursue other opportunities, according to NALP. Keeling took over the role on Feb. 21.