NHLA welcomes first female Executive Director on board

The National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) have announced the appointment of Lorna D. Christie as the organisation’s Executive Director. She will be the first woman to serve in that role in NHLA’s 118-year history.

Pem Jenkins, President of NHLA’s Board of Managers, said, “Our ongoing work on the NHLA strategic plan has helped us recognise that change is inevitable. Our future success as an industry and trade association will be determined not only by how we manage change, but also how effectively we pro-actively address both our challenges and opportunities moving forward.

Since January, the Board Search Committee has conducted an extensive search to find the right Executive Director to lead NHLA through its next stage of growth. We are excited to have found that person in Mrs. Christie, an accomplished association executive with a proven record of successfully leading complex organizations. She understands the unique challenges and opportunities of commodity based trade associations and industries. She also brings to our organisation a diverse skill set and experience that is perfectly aligned with the key areas of the NHLA Strategic Plan.” 

Mrs. Christie said, “I am honoured to be chosen as the Executive Director for such a prestigious organisation. NHLA has played an important role in the hardwood lumber industry for over 100 years. My first priority will be to visit with members to learn more about how the association can best serve their needs.”  

“The Board would also like to acknowledge the contributions Mark Barford made during his 10 years as an ambassador for NHLA.  We sincerely thank him for his dedicated service,” noted Brent Stief, Vice President of NHLA’s Board of Managers.