AF&PA bolsters staff with USDA and Hill experts

Feb. 9, 2007 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) is pleased to announce David Tenny as its new Vice President of Forestry and Wood Products and Bill Imbergamo as a policy Director dealing with forestry issues.

Mr. Tenny will be overseeing the management of, and developing policies for, AF&PA's Forestry and Wood Products Sectors. He comes to AF&PA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment. During his tenure there, he held line management responsibilities for the USDA Forest Service, which employs over 35,000 people and has an annual operating budget of $4.5 billion.

A proven leader, Mr. Tenny was previously a member of the USDA transition team when President Bush assumed office in 2000. There, he led the development of administration positions for many key issues, including the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, the Healthy Forests Initiative, the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and the National Forest Planning Rule.

Mr. Tenny also served as counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. He received his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University.

Mr. Imbergamo comes to AF&PA from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture where he managed all forestry-related legislation. Previously, he worked for 10 years at the National Association of State Foresters, serving as the legislative director before moving up to become NASF executive director. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York in Plattsburg.

With 15 years of national forest policy experience, Mr. Imbergamo will work closely with Mr. Tenny, AF&PA members, and the AF&PA policy staff managing the vital forestry portfolio.

"We are extremely pleased to have Dave and Bill joining us," said AF&PA President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. "It is truly a rare day when you can announce the hire of not one, but two, forest and natural resources professionals of such high caliber. With more than 28 years experience between them, they will be able to lead the association's forestry program and apply their considerable expertise developing policies that will benefit our industry as well as our environment.

"This Congress will consider a new farm bill and energy legislation where the renewable and sustainable attributes of the forest and paper industry—and the growing potential to be a supplier of alternative fuels—can provide substantial environmental benefit to the nation," Duggan said. "Dave and Bill's addition to the AF&PA staff could not come at a better time."


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