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ALNLA Executive Director James Harwell Announces Retirement

11 Feb 2015 6:59 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

During the recent membership meeting at the Gulf States Horticulture Expo in Mobile, James Harwell, Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association's executive director for the last 10 years, officially announced his retirement effective in early 2016. James has devoted many years to our industry, and to the association specifically. He has served humbly and willingly for many years, and not just as executive director. His leadership and hard work has advanced the industry in Alabama more than will be realized for a long time. James and his wife Libby will both be missed as they begin to slow down and enjoy retirement. 


The ALNLA Board of Directors has been working diligently for almost a year developing a succession plan for this very moment and they have full confidence in the planning and processes that have been established that they will find the right individual to fill this role. A formal search committee has been formed and approved by the board that will lead them through this process and make a recommendation on a potential candidate(s) to the board for final approval. The search committee members are as follows:


Bryan Word (chairman)

Phillip Hunter

Bethany O’rear

Bill Turk

Carol Barton

Randy Bounds

Tom Fennell


This will be a slow and deliberate process that the Board will monitor closely. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Search Committee members or any of the Board of Directors.


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