FRA President Announces Retirement

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On December 21, FRA Chairman Dick Carmical announced that the Association’s chief staff officer, President Richard Lewis, plans to retire during 2012. Carmical stated that he and FRA’s five elected Officers had established a goal of having a replacement hired by the time of the Association’s April 19-21, 2012 Annual Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida and that this team was developing a process to identify possible candidates for the position.

Richard Lewis, hired in 1982, served as FRA’s Appalachian Region Manager for 8 years and has served as FRA President for 22 years. Chairman Carmical stated that “Richard personally has driven much forest industry progress and overseen significant FRA structural change,” noting the implementation of the consuming mill/wood supplier relationships workshop program, the “digitalization” of FRA’s communication programs, FRA’s enhanced government affairs capacity, and that “FRA has transitioned from a wood procurement managers’ association to an organization that fights for all the partners in the wood fiber supply chain.” Carmical also noted the strong development of FRA’s role, under Richard’s watch, in building coalitions and networks of allied organizations to further the interests of wood supply management, whether through public policy or technology transfer and education.