Kristen Fefes leaves ALCC with a lifetime achievement honor Email
Monday, May 08, 2017 05:00 AM

Kristen S. Fefes, CAEThis year, at its 2017 Volunteer Service Awards, ALCC recognized two longtime leaders with a
Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Award. One recipient was Kristen Fefes, CAE, former ALCC Executive Director. Fefes served as ALCC’s executive director for 18 years, the longest tenure of any ALCC executive director.

Fefes’s list of accomplishments is long. She guided ALCC through the major drought of 2002/2003. She worked with industry leaders, water providers and members to ensure the landscape industry was part of the solution. Other key issues Fefes spearheaded included updates of the GreenCO Best Management Practices – and helping to establish the BMP Training/Testing program. She also worked on various legislative issues, including the H-2B visa program.


She was the recipient of the 2015 Lawn and Landscape Leadership Award and the 2016 American Society of Association Executives Award. Her plans after leaving ALCC include traveling with family in Greece in the coming year.


“Kristen’s contributions to the landscape industry are immeasurable. She has positioned the industry as a leader in issues including water wise landscapes, best business practices, the workforce pipeline and more. We are very grateful for her service,” said Dean Murphy, past ALCC Board President.

The Bob Cannon Lifetime Achievement Awardhonors individuals who have given loyal, dedicated service to the landscape industry, contributed ideas, programs and other endeavors to benefit other ALCC members, and have improved the professional image of the landscape industry. It was named for Bob Cannon, an ALCC founder and visionary who realized many years ago that we were much better working together than separately. Created in 1978, it was the first volunteer service award from the organization. Since then, an ALCC leader has been recognized annually for outstanding service to ALCC and to the green industry. 

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