ALCA Says Farewell To A Remarkable Leader

ALCA regrets to announce that Debra Holder has resigned as chief executive officer.

“ALCA’s history as an association would not have been the same were it not for the 25-year commitment of Debra Holder,” said Kurt Kluznik, CCLP and president of ALCA. “Her passion, vision and enduring commitment have paved the way for countless accomplishments, lasting relationships, and ALCA’s taking the lead on the most important merger in the green industry association world.”

“With such a commitment, inevitably there comes great sacrifice … the sacrifice of time for family and friends. It is for this reason and with great difficulty that Debra has made the decision to leave ALCA. With reluctance, the officers have accepted her resignation. However, we are happy for Debra, knowing that she has made a decision that will enhance the quality of her life.”

Debra expressed it to the officers with these thoughts: “My 25 years with ALCA have been full of so many wonderful moments. My resignation was a hard decision for me to make, but the right one, and at the right time, for both ALCA and me. There are many exciting changes and opportunities for ALCA, including a merger with PLCAA. I have complete faith in the current staff to manage a smooth transition during the merger, and they have the energy and excitement to seize future opportunities. I am looking forward to spending more time with family and friends and taking time to ‘smell the green plants.’ A ‘thank you’ to all the special people that I have met through the years in this wonderful green industry that have made my life rich with memories.”

Debra has been a remarkable leader for ALCA. While she has guided and mentored her staff and the Board of Directors, she has always been accepting and open to change, and she has always wanted what was best for ALCA. This selflessness and her can-do attitude have won her respect on many levels. She was always willing to do whatever was needed, and she has always gotten the job done.

Debra has also always been willing to lead by example and give back to ALCA. When the ALCA Educational Foundation (AEF) was launched, Debra stepped up to the plate with her pledge of $25,000 and became an ALCA Ambassador.

With Debra at the helm, ALCA has grown from a small association to a respected powerhouse. Membership has more that tripled, as has the annual budget and staffing. Under Debra’s guidance, the ALCA sponsorship program was launched and became a huge success, as did the ALCA Educational Foundation, which met is goals far in advance of projections.

Debra will remain on staff through year-end in a consulting capacity, making sure the transition is as seamless as possible. As ALCA moves ahead, Tanya Tolpegin, ALCA’s chief operating officer will become the interim CEO, while a nationwide search is conducted for that position.

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