Michael V. Geary, CAE, has been named new chief executive officer of OFA — an Association of Horticulture Professionals. Geary will start at OFA's Columbus, Ohio headquarters on March 1.
His selection comes after an extensive search process that began after the death of John R. Holmes in February.
"We are very pleased to have Michael's record of success in association management applied on OFA's behalf as the industry and association plan for the future," says OFA President Danny Takao.
Geary has 18 years experience in association management and organizational development, which includes serving as executive director of the American Institute of Architecture Students, senior director for the National Association of Home Builders and senior staff positions with The Delta Chi Fraternity and the North American Interfraternity Conference.
"I am very pleased to join the OFA team," Geary says. "With the support of a visionary board and active membership and staff, OFA has become a leader in the horticulture industry. I look forward to continuing that tradition of success."
Geary is a graduate of the University of Florida and has earned the designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.
"The work of our search committee, chaired by Bobby Barnitz, Bob's Market & Greenhouse was outstanding," Takao says. "They and the OFA Board did an excellent job, and we are confident this selection will build on OFA's already-strong foundation."