Washington, D.C. – Dana Lee Cole has been named the third Executive Director of the Hardwood Federation and will begin serving in the role on June 25. Cole’s appointment follows the announcement that current Executive Director Deb Hawkinson has, after five years at the helm, accepted the position of President at the Forest Resources Association.

“Dana is a great choice for the Hardwood Federation,” said Brad Thompson, President of Hardwood Federation. “She brings a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors, and has been a senior association executive with key strengths in developing and executing strategic plans, building membership, leadership and successfully implementing great policies at the National Association of Manufacturing over the last several years that have strengthened and built its membership.”

Cole, a native of Michigan, which is home to more than 250 hardwood businesses, began her career working for Governor John Engler as a policy advisor. She then spent eight years with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in several roles where she promoted small and large businesses in the state, and successfully negotiated regulatory disputes.

Since 2004, Cole has been at the 11,000-member National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Corporate Board Secretary. While there she has achieved many successes, including improving Board recruitment, retention, and satisfaction; streamlining and modernizing board management practices; raising non-dues revenue; and saving NAM members millions of dollars.

“I’m excited to join the Hardwood Federation,” Cole said. “The impact small and medium-sized businesses have on our economy cannot be overstated, and I’m going to continue to impress upon Congress and the Administration how vital the hardwood community is. Not just to jobs, but to a healthy and sustainable environment, to robust trade policies, and to green building. I’ll also be keeping the Hardwood Federation Political Action Committee moving forward in the hopes of hitting its 2012 fundraising goals.”

Cole is looking forward to working with the Board for a successful Annual Fall Fly-in this September. She hopes the event will be widely attended and looks forward to meeting HF members there and at other opportunities as well.

Source: Hardwood Federation

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