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Feb 13, 2009
OFA CEO John Holmes Dies

John R. Holmes, 45, chief executive officer of OFA – an Association of Horticulture Professionals – died unexpectedly Thursday evening, Feb. 12, in Columbus, Ohio.

“We are deeply saddened by John’s sudden passing. He was a great friend and a remarkable leader. The association is stronger because of his efforts,” said OFA President Bobby Barnitz. “Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s family, friends and beloved staff during this difficult time.”

John was hired by OFA in February 2002. A lifelong Hoosier, John was raised in a family dedicated to public service and helping others. His career began by serving on staff with the Indiana House of Representatives. He then worked in the government affairs division of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. He later spent several years with the Indiana Health Care Association. Before joining OFA, John was the executive director of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water.

“While John’s presence will be missed, your board of directors is committed to ensuring the organization continues to meet the needs of our stakeholders and management partners,” Barnitz said. “John made sure the organization had a strong infrastructure in place to survive challenging times.”

John received his B.A. in Political Science from Purdue University and a law degree from Indiana University. Licensed to practice law in Indiana, John was certified in association management by both the American Society of Association Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Arrangements are still pending. Information will be posted at www.ofa.org as it becomes available.

For additional information, contact OFA at (614) 487-1117 or ofa@ofa.org. Faxes may be sent to (614) 487-1216, and the organization’s website is www.ofa.org. By mail: 2130 Stella Court, Columbus, OH 43215-1033.

Everyone at GPN, Lawn & Garden Retailer and Scranton Gillette Communications extend our deepest sympathies to the OFA family.



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