MADISON, WI - Rick Hill, WoodworkingNetwork's popular bloggist and a columnist for Custom Woodworking Business, has been named national director of WoodLINKS USA.

“Rick will be a great resource as we look for financial support to help sustain the organization," said Patrick Molzahn, Program Director, Cabinet Making & Millwork, at Madison Area Technical College, and WoodLINKS USA board president.

Hill succeeds Steve Ehle, who had been serving as executive director on an interim basis until a permanent replacement could be found.

Rick Hill is well known in the woodworking industry, operating a consultancy specializing in sales and market development for woodworking companies. Hill also founded WoodReps.Com, a national association of independent reps in the woodworking industry. His e-mail is woodreps@gmail.com.

WoodLINKS USA is an industry driven, secondary and post-secondary woodworking partnership program, helping to build and maintain a strong, skilled workforce so that U.S. manufacturers can remain competitive in today’s challenging economic environment.

WoodLINKS USA helps provide the wood manufacturing industry with the necessary skilled workers to remain competitive at the entry and middle management levels. WoodLINKS USA helps woodworking industry businesses foster development and expansion of wood production education programs within local and regional secondary and post-secondary educational systems.

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