On January 7th, Horizon Hobby took to Facebook to announce the unexpected passing of their CEO, Joe Ambrose, at the age of 61. While we didn’t always agree with the actions Horizon took under his leadership, Joe left an indelible imprint on the hobby industry and we send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the whole of Horizon Hobby for their loss. Obviously, it’s too soon for Horizon to have publicly discussed a candidate for the position of CEO, but we expect that to happen in the near future. In the meantime, according to Horizon’s Facebook post, “[t]he executive leadership of Horizon Hobby will work closely with their board of directors during the transition”.
Check out the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette for a retrospective of Joe’s life and impact.