Hickman resigns as NALP CEO

Hickman resigns as NALP CEO

Sabeena Hickman has been with the organization since 2007, when it was branded as the Professional Landcare Network.

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February 1, 2019

FAIRFAX, Va. – After nearly 12 years of service to the professional lawn care and landscape industry, National Association of Landscape Professionals CEO Sabeena Hickman is stepping down from her leadership position.

Hickman will serve as a consultant to the organization for the next six months to help transition the 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,” Hickman said. “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."

“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 NALP President Jeff Buhler.

Buhler said that under Hickman's leadership, NALP increased its revenue by 38 percent over the past three years to $7.2 million and grew membership by 12 percent in 2018. She helped navigate the organization's rebranding from Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) to NALP.

NALP has formed a task force which will oversee transition plans and the organization’s search for a new CEO. Buhler said the association will continue to operate fully during the transition period.

Hickman joined NALP, then known as PLANET, in 2007 as chief operating officer. 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.