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OFA’s John Holmes dies unexpectedly


February 13, 2009
By OFA an Association of Floriculture Professionals

johnholmesFeb. 13, 2009, Columbus, OH – John R. Holmes, age 45, chief executive officer of OFA –
an Association of Floriculture Professionals, died unexpectedly
Thursday evening, February 12.

John R. Holmes, age 45, chief executive officer of OFA – an Association
of Floriculture Professionals, died unexpectedly Thursday evening,
February 12.

“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.”

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Mr. Holmes was hired by OFA in February 2002. A lifelong Hoosier, he
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, Mr. Holmes 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, said Barnitz. "John made sure
the organization had a strong infrastructure in place to survive
challenging times.”

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

Arrangements are unknown at this time. As information becomes available, it will be posted on the OFA website at www.ofa.org.


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