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New CEO Named at Buffalo's Olmsted Parks Conservancy

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – After a search of nearly a year, the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has hired a new chief executive office. Johnathan Holifield, a native of Michigan, will assume his new duties early next month.

He has more than 20 years of civic, community and economic development experience. Holifield says he looks forward to taking on the challenge of running Buffalo's Olmsted-designed parks system.

Conservancy Board Chair Corrine Rice says Holifield has extensive experience in fundraising and managing a non-profit agency. Holifield says securing additional financial resources from the community will be one of his priorities.

Holifield is an attorney whose last position was with the Status Group, a Michigan-based management consulting firm. He was once an NFL running back for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Holifield succeeds Deborah Ann Trimble, who left last year for a new job in Florida. Former Shea's Performing Arts Center President Patrick Fagan had been managing the conservancy on a voluntary basis since last November.

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