Loon Echo Land Trust Welcomes New Executive Director
On April 11th Loon Echo Land Trust welcomed Thom Perkins as the organization’s new Executive Director. Perkins comes to the land trust with a wide variety of skills built from developing a grass roots organization into the largest nonprofit nordic trail network in the eastern United States. He was selected from many candidates for his extensive knowledge of land use, easements, development, marketing and public relations, legislative involvement, event management and nonprofit organization.
“Our board is thrilled to have Thom with his extensive background join the Loon Echo family and we are looking forward to working with him and continuing the positive impact that Loon Echo has on our community,” said Loon Echo Board President, David Diller as he welcomed Perkins to the organization.
Perkins is looking forward to continuing Loon Echo’s current land projects and helping landowners and communities develop future project opportunities in the region.
Perkins comes to Loon Echo with a background in conservation and land use and easements while working with many landowners in developing and preserving the trail network. His strengths of working with staff, marketing and operation management are expected to benefit the organization in advancing its strong growth. Coming into the organization, one of Perkins’ first goals is to focus on Loon Echo’s positive effect on the communities and to make a beneficial impact on residents and visitors’ lives and on their lands.
Upon his starting week with Loon Echo Perkins said, “I’m energized about the opportunity to help lead Loon Echo Land Trust into the future and to let people know about the good work that Loon Echo does for the communities in its service areas.”
Perkins succeeded Carrie Walia, Loon Echo’s Executive Director from 2008 through the spring of 2016, and she is serving as Senior Advisor to the organization prior to her family’s relocation to Wisconsin this summer.