The National Association of Landscape Professionals, Fairfax, Virginia, has announced that its board of directors has named Britt Wood to the position of chief executive officer. Wood brings more than 24 years of experience to the role in which he will oversee an association that represents 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care professionals across the country. He will assume his new role on Oct. 7 and will attend Landscapes, the nation’s largest educational event for landscape and lawn care professionals, in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 15-18.
“After a comprehensive and thorough selection process, the board is confident we have found the right person to lead our association into the future,” says Jeff Buhler, NALP president. “Britt’s depth of leadership experience and proven track record of delivering results across various industries throughout his career will be huge assets as he focuses on building on NALP’s many successes and guiding our association into new areas of opportunity and growth.”
Andrew Ziehler, NALP’s incoming president, agrees, noting, “Britt’s extensive association background and industry relations experience will be invaluable in growing our membership, strengthening relationships with associations at the state and national levels and delivering innovative programs to landscape contractors and their business partners to help them grow. We are fortunate we will have him at the helm.”
“It is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to serve an industry association that is a leader in programs and initiatives that support the business and operational needs of lawn and landscape companies across the country,” says Wood. “I look forward to working closely with our dedicated board and staff to continue to grow our membership by further enhancing NALP’s value to the lawn and landscape community. We will work diligently to continue to enhance the good work that has been done in advocacy, education, standard setting and workforce development in an effort to make NALP even more valuable to our members.”
Prior to joining NALP, Wood spent more than two decades in trade association executive leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president of business development and industry relations for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Previously, Wood held positions with the International Foodservice Distributors Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Loss Prevention Foundation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
Wood succeeds Carol Keeling, who served as interim CEO of NALP since February, following the departure of Sabeena Hickman, who led the organization for 11 years.