Posted January 21, 2020

Evergreen Marketing Group outlines succession plan

Evergreen Marketing Group CEO Kevin Higginbotham has announced plans to retire in mid-2022.

As a result of the announcement, the Evergreen Board of Directors has named a Succession Steering Committee to lead the transition.

Higginbotham joined Evergreen in June 1995 as executive director and was named CEO in 2006.

Higginbotham described his 25-year tenure at the co-op as rewarding. "Working with the members and preferred suppliers at Evergreen has been incredible," he said. "I can’t imagine my life without the relationships made and the accomplishments we’ve achieved at Evergreen.”

Keith Turtenwald, chairman of the Evergreen board of directors, said, "Kevin’s leadership of the co-op has been transformational. It takes great leadership skills to run an organization like Evergreen, and Kevin has displayed courage, vision, confidence, inspiration, and dedication in his role as CEO."

Turtenwald said that the Evergreen board and Steering Committee would embark on a search to find a top-caliber person to take over the reins at the co-operative and take the group to the next level.

“We appreciate that Kevin has provided us with an ample runway to make this transition. It’s another testimony to his leadership and dedication to the group.”

Turtenwald said that Higginbotham would also serve on the Succession Steering Committee. Anyone interested in the CEO position should contact Higginbotham, who will coordinate with the committee. Other Steering Committee members include Leo Fay of Pro Tool & Supply, Waltham, Massachusetts; Terry Earle of Colony Hardware dba Fort Worth Bolt & Tool, Fort Worth, Texas; Steve Kuhlman of Acme Tools, Grand Forks, North Dakota; and Mike Mantis of Fasteners Inc./Southwestern Supply, Las Vegas.