After an extensive search of several qualified candidates, the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association (ONLA) board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Tracy Schiefferle to fill the role of executive director. Its current executive director, Ken Fisher, stepped down from the position to more fully dedicate his time to serve as president and CEO of AmericanHort.
Schiefferle has over 20 years of experience in the association sector and a strong reputation of skilled nonprofit management leading to profitable growth. Her past experience includes leadership roles at the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Central Ohio, Ohio Ophthalmological Society, and the Columbus Medical Association & Foundation.
Schiefferle is enthusiastic about bringing her extensive association management knowledge to ONLA’s membership community and the Ohio nursery and landscape industry at large. Schiefferle’s primary goals as she transitions to the new role are to assess ONLA’s current member offerings and spend time observing and participating in conversations with members about what ONLA does well and what areas need improvement.
“I am eager to dive in and bring enthusiasm, persistence, and a new perspective while working together to help ONLA be the organization that others measure themselves against,” said Schiefferle.
In addition to Schiefferle’s appointment, three new board members were appointed in January to serve for two-year terms. The new board members include Patrick Greeson of W. A. Natorp Corporation, Fred Higginbotham of Millcreek Gardens, LLC, and Genevieve Reiner Mills, Esq. of Oakland Nursery.