Friends Alliance President Curt Buchholtz asked me to comment, on the eve of my (working) retirement as President
of the Friends of Acadia, on "lessons learned" in my ten years as a friends CEO. I will incorporate some things
from thirty-one years in nonprofits.
Much of what I've learned at Friends of Acadia came from watching friends leaders and Park Service officials
operate. There are some real masters in this business. I don't pretend to have a corner on running a park
Some of what you'll hear is peculiar to me or to the particular circumstances of Friends of Acadia and Acadia
National Park. I'm definitely not suggesting that how Ken Olson does things is any better than how many other execs
do what they do.