Feb. 1 2019 04:15 PM

Association embarks on search for successor to the industry veteran.

Photo courtesy of NALP

After nearly 12 years of service to the professional lawn care and landscape industry, Fairfax, Virginia-based National Association of Landscape Professionals Chief Executive Officer Sabeena Hickman is stepping down from her leadership position. Hickman 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,” says 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.”

“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,” says Jeff Buhler, NALP president. “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.”

NALP has formed a task force that will oversee transition plans and the organization’s search for a new chief executive. “We are committed to conducting a comprehensive and careful search for the right person for the job, taking into consideration both the organization’s daily operations and long-term strategic goals,” says Buhler. He also noted that the association will continue to operate fully during the transition period.